Cleaning a Jenn Air grill pan?
We tried out our new grill on our Jenn Air electric range last night with BBQ chicken, and found out what a cleaning job it is. The pan under the grill is crudded up and it's practically taken a chisel to clean it. The grill's grating itself is non-stick and cleans like a breeze.
Jenn Air says not to put foil in the pan (thanks to the lawyers, probably). In a real world, is there any harm to this? Cleaning suggestions etc?
We use our Jenn Air grill all the time. For cleaning the tray under the "rocks" I just use Formula 409. If the crud is really baked on I let the 409 sit for 5 or 10 minutes and it usually will soften stuff up quite nicely. If you use one of those plastic scouring sponges that will help a lot, too. Just don't scour too hard! I have given up on putting the grills and griddle into the dishwasher since it was beginning to take a toll on the non-stick surfaces. I just wash all the greasy stuff in the sink after I've done all the other dishes.
I've had a Jennair for 20 years and love it. right now I have a gas but previously had an electric. Same clean-up routine for both,I just remove the grates and tray and run through dishwasher when necessary, I don't do this everytime I use it, usually I'll just paper towel off grease and bits from the grates and tray.
I had one in a house i rented once. My advice--if you're the type who needs a spot-free pan under your grill, then don't use the grill. I don't want to sound sarcastic here, but the pan is extremely difficult to clean, and I don't think it's intended to be scrubbed clean after every use.