We received the following letter from Peter Packham:
I have a different question for these pages. It’s something that I watch for among other caravanners, but I have not, as yet, been able to arrive at a definite conclusion. Should one wash a braai grid after use, or should it be left greasy and put away in a plastic bag until next time?
Godfrey Castle answers:
It could depend on whether you have a stainless steel, chrome-plated or electro-galvanised braai grid. The flames and heat from on open fire will burn the plating off a mild steel braai grid, which may then rust if it does not have the protective coating that fat provides. A rust stain on you meat is not appetising or healthy.
A stainless steel grid can be washed, for it won’t rust afterwards − and it will look good on the fire when you are with your other braaing buddies.
With a mild steel braai grid, I would think it perfectly all right to burn off old fat residue at your next braai, and give the carbon a rub with a wire brush before placing the meat on the surface.
And keep the grid in a thick plastic bag; one you can throw away when it becomes too dirty. In this way, the grease on the grid won’t come into contact with anything else.