I love my electric quesadilla maker. It serves up fantastic golden brown quesadillas that I can enjoy in 4 to 5 minutes easy. Beats having to microwave TV dinners while enjoying fresh ingredients that I can cook in a snap. My trusty quesadilla maker has been through a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean it! Sometimes, I feel so tired that I forget to give the quesadilla maker a simple wipe on its cooking surfaces. That is why I got my quesadilla maker in the first place: it indulges my craving for authentic Mexican food without really entailing too much work to use.
Ordinarily, I just take a damp paper towel and wipe away all the food debris and dirt from the cooking surfaces. Most times, this works but there are times when the cheese melts kind of hard onto the surface that wiping with a damp paper towel won’t do. During such instances, it can be easy to give in to the temptation to use an abrasive cleaner or steel wool to clean off the goo, but fortunately, I have been able to resist that urge. The nonstick cooking surface of my quesadilla maker is not made for such rough treatment, after all.
My quesadilla maker flattens and cuts the quesadilla into six neat slices automatically, so you can imagine the kind of punishment it takes from all the grease, fat, oozing cheese and vegetable juices that can get into the grooves and crannies. Those grooves and crannies are what makes the appliance really challenging to clean. Getting the little bits of cheese and food out of those sections is a huge problem. I have tried many sponges, different sprays and soaps and have been through many rolls of paper towels. The fact that the quesadilla maker is an electric appliance means throwing it in the dishwasher is not an option.
It was my grandmother that taught me how to clean my quesadilla maker after one of her visits. She clucked after seeing my filthy machine, and proceeded to place the unit on a dish towel, which she said would keep the water from making a mess on the countertop. Next, she heated the unit up and when it was hot enough, she unplugged it. She placed two wet paper towels in the unit, closed it and let it sit for a few minutes. When steam started to come out, she opened the unit and poured a small amount of water on the paper towels so they are wet again. She then closed the lid again and waited a few more minutes. Then, she took my soft old toothbrush and scrubbed the grooves and crevices gently. The stuck-on goo came off quite easily after that. Grandma advised that I repeat the job if the goo is really stubborn. Now, I feel confident that one of the best quesadilla makers is going to serve me up many more quick and easy dinners for many nights down the road.