Originally Posted by TomB
Clean? Really? I clean the grates. Am I missing something?
A fair question to be sure.
While I don't typically make a habit of deep cleaning the cookers themselves, sometimes it is necessary, especially when the build up on the inside of lid reaches the point where some of the "seasoning" begins to drip onto the food itself. Scraping it down only gets you so far as that will not only remove some of the material but also loosen a lot more which will continue to flake or drip down onto the food. Taking it back down to the porcelain is the only way I know of to keep this from happening once it starts.
As for the center section, if I'm already deep cleaning the lid, I figure I might as well get a lot of the stuff off the center section as well. I don't, however go for the same kind of result that I do on the lid.