How to clean your Panini Press

A Panini Press is one of the most useful kitchen tools as it can be used for pressing food items and grilling vegetables.

It is an ideal kitchen equipment for anyone who loves making sandwiches and ensures that you get one of the most delicious and properly cooked sandwiches ever.

However, if you don’t keep your Panini Press clean, there are chances that your food might start tasting a little off or you might fall sick after ingesting the stale food pieces that are stuck to your Panini Press.

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This makes it important to keep your Panini Press clean and trust me, it is not a complicated task.

1. Using the Dishwasher

The easiest and simplest way to clean your Panini Press is by using a dishwasher. For this method, you will need to have a Panini Press with removable plates and you will need to check whether it can be washed in a dishwasher or not.

If it can, then your work is easy as all you have to do is load the dishwasher with the removable plates and start it and your plates will get cleaned in no time at all. Just make sure that you load the plates only after they have cooled down.

2. Hand-washing the Plates

If your manufacturer advises against using a dishwasher, then you would need to wash the removable plated by hand.

For this, you will need to soak your removable plate into a warm soapy solution for a few minutes as this will help in loosening the food items that might be stuck to your plate.

After a few minutes, you can gently scrub all the dirt away from your removable plate and make it look as good as new.

3. Use the Dishwashing Soap

If your Panini Press has a non-removable plate, then cleaning would get a little trickier. You can still use a dishwasher soap and a warm bowl of water and then dampen your cloth or sponge with this solution.

Now, use this slightly damp cloth or sponge to scrub your non-removable plate clean. Make sure you don’t use too much water as it could damage the electrical components of your Panini Press.

Also, ensure that you don’t scrub too hard else the non-stick coating of your Panini Press might get damaged.

4. Wipe down the Panini Press

Another simple way to keep your Panini Press clean is by wiping the plates and the surface of your Panini Press after every use. Take a soft cloth and wipe away all the crumbs and absorb the oil deposits from the Panini Press.

This way you don’t run the risk of damaging the electrical components and can finish the whole cleaning task in just a few minutes.

5.Warm the Panini Press and then clean

Sometimes there might be a few food pieces which are stuck hard to the Panini Press and won’t come out no matter how hard you try. In this cases, you can warm up your Panini Press so that the stuck food pieces loosen due to the heat and then brush away these food pieces with the help of a cleaning brush.

3 Must-haves to Make that Perfect Cup of Coffee!

While coffee machines can simplify your work you won’t really get the kind of control that a manual setup offers. With a manual coffee setup, you can do things the way you want to, right from setting the temperature to the consistency and even the flavor!

Adding a scaler to the setup helps you measure out exact quantities of coffee beans used, you can even experiment a bit tampering the conventional ratios to something that is more according to your taste.

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Also, coffee lovers appreciate the time taken but as a ritualistic process of manual brewing, unlike the mechanical coffee makers where one can get a cup of coffee with just the push of a button!

For Coffee Machine’s, Freshpresso’s roundup of the best single serves coffee makers is a more in-depth guide to buying coffee makers.

All about grinders, kettles, and scales

People who prefer the pour-over method of brewing must be familiar with the other machines without which the setup is incomplete. This includes grinders for grinding the coffee beans to powder, kettle for boiling the mixture and scale for measuring the exact amount of ingredients to be added.

Grinders

Grinders are necessary for the uniform grinding of coffee beans, of course, the texture and consistency can be controlled by the user but grinding the beans increases the flavor of the beverage tenfold. Go for a burr grinder than a blade one as they are more powerful and reliable. A compatible grinder brand recommended by most customers is Baratza that has a solid track record of delivering only the best.

The conical burr design is extremely compatible with the pour over methods of brewing. It has even proved its mettle in the comparative study involving some of the best brands conducted by Prima Coffee. Baratza is an ideal choice for users who want fine grinding, and if you want coarser and larger lumps to go for the Baratza Virtuoso model, these go really well with Keurig’s k-Cup coffee maker series.

Other popular options include Rancilio Rocky and Breville Smart Grinder. And for people looking for something cheaper, there’s Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder. However, it is not as powerful and consistent as its peers.

Kettles

The only two things you need to look for in the kettle are its temperature range and length of the spout. Along gooseneck spout is preferred as the user then is more in control of where and how much water should be poured. Among the many brands of kettles available Bonavita is the best because of its speed of operation, power, and solid structure. Also, the insulated handle and spout are just right, and with the auto shutdown feature and high capacity, it sure is a keeper!

According to Sam Lewontin, winner of the Northeast Barista Champion, a temperature controlling system only simplifies coffee making. There are some versatile kettles as well that allows brewing of both tea and coffee, these kettles usually contain a regulator to control the temperature accordingly. The Bonavita kettle is one such versatile product that reduces the acidity and bitterness of coffee effectively.

Bonavita, however, has a weak structure that might fall off any moment; Hario Buono is a much better and cheaper alternative. Ambitious coffee lovers can also check out the commercial quality names such as Takahiro and Kalita.

Scales

Scales help you measure out the exact quantities of ingredients to be used in the coffee making process. A conventional scale is not only easy to read but can accurately measure 1/10th of a gram. The American Weigh SC-2KG pocket scale is one such reliable scale and is a rage among coffee lovers all over.

Combining everything together

The ideal setup would include a Baratza grinder, Bonavita Encore kettle and an American pocket scale for brewing that perfect cup of coffee.