Review: Petromax Chain Mail Cleaner
Sometimes it is the Small Things!
Now and again I will come across a product that I did not know existed. I end up picking them as quite often they are not expensive, and after using them a few times you I wonder what I would do without them. A couple of examples have been the Barbeclette and Russian Skewers. Both relatively cheap items, but both are invaluable in my BBQ cooking.
Another item I would add to that group is the Chain Mail Cleaner from Petromax.
So what is it?
The Petromax Chain Mail Cleaner is a layered sheet of stainless steel chain mail. It is pretty small in size measuring 10.5cm x 12.5cm x 1.0cm. It is designed to help shift stubborn food residues from iron cookware, without damaging or scratching the surface.
How does it perform?
I have used this quite a few times now and have been really impressed. If you have seasoned your cast iron and also treated it well, cleaning it, in general, should not be an issue. However, occasionally you will end up with some hard to shift residue. This is when the Chain Mail Cleaner excels. Rather than using an abrasive scourer, which is likely to scratch your pan, rubbing the chain mail over the stain does remove it. You still have to use some ‘elbow grease’ but the product definitely works.
Where I have found it really useful is cleaning my cast iron griddle. It can be difficult to get into the groves but the chain mail makes this cleaning task much easier.
Is this is a must-have accessory for your cooking / BBQ collection? Probably not! Does it make cleaning your cast iron easier and help with the overall care and longevity? Definitely!
I think with the amount you will potentially spend on cast-iron making sure you keep it in pristine condition is really important. Doing so will help your cast-iron last a lifetime and more.
Take a look at this video from Barbechoo James, with some cracking tips on caring for your cast-iron. If you are a little nervous or inexperienced using cast-iron you then this is well worth watching (and bookmarking)!!