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Re-outfitting "Dream Camp Kitchen?"

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MartyRose View Drop Down
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Yes. You can fix your grill.

You can buy both grill screens and grill blocks. The blocks are kinda messy but will tear down the damage faster. Once you get your grill in shape, stop using the blocks.

To clean a grill, buy above blocks or screens and a device to hold the screens. You'll get the best price if you go to a restaurant supplier but they can also be found on Amazon.

Heat your grill to 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour a liberal amount of vegetable oil on it and wait a couple of minutes for the oil to heat. Wearing heat proof gloves, take your block or screen and place on the grill. Using a reasonable amount of pressure and both hands, push the screen or block to the back of the grill in a straight line, then pull it back towards you. Move your tool over the width of itself and repeat. Keep repeating until you have scrubbed the entire surface of the grill.

When finished scrubbing, using a squeegee,or a wide putty knife, scrape the oil and debris into the trap. Wipe the grill down with a rag that's reserved just for this purpose. Store the rag with your grill tools for future use. Empty the trap.

This process may need to be repeated several times to bring the grill back to a non stick surface. It also needs to be repeated every time you use the grill.Cleaning a grill is a real pain in the butt but when they're clean, it's like cooking with magic.

Hope this helps!
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Originally posted by MartyRose MartyRose wrote:

Hi Karl! I was a member of this forum a few years ago. I came here tonight looking for my favorite pizza recipe because my Foods of the World books are sadly, long gone and I knew it was here.

I ran across your post and re registered just because of your post. I'm a banquet chef. I ran camp kitchens for 10 years. I've done hundreds and hundreds of banquets, weddings. You name it. I've fed it. Seriously. I was in just about all aspects of the business for more than 30 years. My parents were restaurant owners & caterers before me

That's a 12 quart Hobart. It'll do a lot of things but it depends on what you want to do.

I'd like to know if I can offer you any guidance with your project. Sounds like a lot of fun!


I would appreciate any guidance.

The rough, tentative plan is to restore, clean, and reequip the kitchen first.  My sister is the one actually living there and she has in mind running the farm/camp as a party/wedding venue.  She has begun collecting an album type book full of wedding photographers, musicians, preachers, etc...  The hope is to add caterers and chefs for the renters to select.  From what I have found so far, Missouri seems to have some very lenient laws for camp cooking so the renters may be fine saving money and cooking for themselves. 
My hope is to find enough replacement pots&pans for someone to walk in and use.  At least one group that wants to rent the site for larger events has their own trailer full of cookware so they will be able to use it sooner.  Hopefully the camp will be rentable by spring, maybe May-ish. 
The farm/camp was neglected for years and abandoned maybe 6 years ago.  It could be in worse shape but it is taking a tremendous amount of work.  Fortunately one large self insured group called Amtgard has shown up with a dozen workers and done some serious brush clearing in hopes of using the site this month.  Yeah, they will get a bargain price for their work. 
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