Right before Father's Day I heard on the radio that several health organizations want to ban wire grill brushes because the bristles can break off, get stuck to the grill surface and get embedded in your food.
The case they mentioned on the radio had a woman suffering from awful neck pain - for months before they figured out what was going on!
Scary, right? What's even more scary? That this has been an issue for quite a while and that I have just now heard of it...most likely because I really don't pay attention to articles about food, etc. unless its a baking recipe that I might be interested in making.
So, considering the fact that The Husband really goes to town on his grill with a wire grill brush, this was at the top of my mind when considering Father's Day gifts for him.
After doing research, I decided to buy him a grill stone and a wooden scraper; so that he could decide which he liked best. Along with a gallon of olive oil...because, obviously, this is something that needs to be purchased for every occasion, as he refuses to buy it for himself - and will nickel and dime us to death buying tiny bottles; despite the fact that he uses olive oil at least once - if not three or four times a day. *sigh*
This evening was the first night that he's grilled something since Father's Day. He decided to try out the grill stone first. His opinion? He LOVED it. He claims that it really cleaned the grates back to their original finish, although he noted it left an ashy residue. According to the packaging, it is chemical free and non-toxic. But he made a point of removing the ashy residue before cooking anything. He also asked about the price point because the more you use the stone, the more it wears away. The price point is such that this is a sustainable way to maintain the grill and avoid wire bristles stuck in our throats. So the grill stone is considered a "keeper."
So we shall sit back and wait to see what he thinks of the wooden scraper - all while not having to worry about wire bristles being stuck in our throats.
As usual, all products were purchased by me and all opinions are mine - or, in this case, The Husband's and relayed by me.