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I've started frying recently, but already the grip of the basket has become sticky with oil, grease or whatever you call it... I've put the basket in the dishwasher, but with no effect. I guess it could be cleaned without effort with ammoniac, but that's a substance I'm not to fond of.

Any suggestions, apart from elbow-grease?

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If you can find it, the best stuff is industrial Viking degreaser or oven cleaner, undiluted. It's what we use in restaurants, because a tiny amount will dissolve even the toughest grease with minimal scrubbing. It's toxic and corrosive (it'll do to skin what it does to grease), so use it carefully and rinse very well, but the stuff is magic.

Positively magic -- spray a little on and then use a pot sprayer and the grease and grime just rinses off. I swear they suck the souls from babies to power the black magic contained in those bottles.

Failing that, a prolonged soak in boiling hot water with a ton of concentrated dish soap will loosen grease. "Magic eraser" scrubbing blocks work wonders for scrubbing off grease too, and take less elbow grease than the other scouring things.

Note: degreaser is not for normal use on pots and pans, just for hard to clean greasy buildup, such as you see on ovens, stovetops, and friers.

  • If I can find it... I guess not, but something similar hopefully. – BaffledCook Jun 12 '11 at 0:02
  • +1 for the long soak. This isn't as viable in a commercial kitchen (time, space, scale), but at home you can leave a grease-laden implement in a sink overnight. Much nicer on the hands and the environment. – Bruce Alderson Jun 12 '11 at 18:18
  • I bought a professional degreaser and it works! Thumbs up! – BaffledCook Jun 14 '11 at 18:14

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