Whether you're a griddle pro or just getting started, it's essential to know how to clean and season your equipment properly. After all, a well-maintained griddle can make all the difference when it comes to creating mouthwatering meals for your family and friends.
Don't worry, though - maintaining your griddle doesn't have to be a chore. With the right tools, a few easy steps, and some handy tips, you can ensure your griddle cooking surface is always sparkling clean and ready to use.
Plus, taking the time to care for your griddle can actually extend its lifespan and helps prevent rust, meaning you'll get more sizzling meals out of it in the long run! So, let's jump right in and get your griddle sizzling!
Tools for the Job
If you want to keep your flat-top griddle clean and well-maintained cooking surface, you'll need the right tools for the job. This includes a pair of Heat-Resistant Gloves, a Griddle Scraper (available in the 5-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit & 8-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit) or a Bamboo Wood Grill Scraper, disposable Halo Grease Trap Foil Liners, Paper Towels or a Damp Rag, and your favorite high smoke temp cooking oil to season your griddle.
We'll discuss in detail how to use each tool and clean your griddle like a pro. With these tools and a bit of elbow grease, you'll have a sparkling clean flat-top griddle in no time.
Don't forget to wear heat-resistant gloves to protect your hands! These must-have gloves will protect your hands from the high temperatures as you scrub away the grease and grime from your griddle cooking surface.
With a three-level protection system, including non-toxic food-grade silicone, ultra-high strength aramid fiber, and heat-resistant polyester cotton. These heat-resistant gloves are flexible and anti-slip, making them both safe and easy to use.
Griddle Scraper/Bamboo Wood Grill Scraper
A griddle scraper (available in the 5-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit & 8-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit) or Bamboo Wood Grill Scraper can be your best friend when it comes to cleanup. To start, wait until the griddle plate has cooled down slightly from the cooking temperature, but is still hot to the touch.
Ensure that the grease trap is empty before you begin, to avoid grease buildup, drips, and spills. For easy clean-up, try out the disposable Halo Grease Trap Foil Liners with handy lids! Just be sure the grease has cooled completely before disposal.
Next, using either the griddle scraper (available in the 5-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit & 8-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit) or Bamboo Wood Grill Scraper on the hot surface, start at one end of the griddle and work your way to the other, ensuring that you cover the entire cooking surface. Be sure to use even pressure and take care not to scratch the griddle plate.
To make the cleaning process easier, pouring warm or room-temperature water onto the griddle can also help loosen and remove stubborn food debris.
Paper Towels or Damp Rag
After scraping the gunk off your cooking surface, grab some trusty paper towels or a damp rag to wipe down the surface. If you prefer, you can use both.
Just remember, always use warm-hot water when cleaning your griddle surface - cold water can cause warps or cracks to form. And avoid using dish soap or soapy water for this can remove the seasoning from the non-stick surface. With these simple tips, your flat-top grill will be shining like new in no time.
Your Favorite Seasoning Oil
Now it's time to season your griddle! First, choose your favorite high-smoke cooking oil like vegetable oil, canola, extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil.
After cleaning your griddle surface, pour a thin layer of oil evenly across the surface. Make sure to use a paper towel to ensure that the oil is spread evenly. You want to avoid using too much oil, as it can make the seasoning layer sticky or gummy.
Finally, using a paper towel wipe any excess oil from the cooking surface to the grease trough. Congrats! You've just seasoned your griddle like a pro!
Halo Essential Griddle Kits
If you're looking to add some new tools to your griddle arsenal, consider getting a Halo Essential Griddle Kit. These kits come in both 5-piece and 8-piece sets, giving you the option to choose which tools you want.
They include everything from a metal spatula to squeeze bottles, making it easier to cook and clean your griddle surface. Plus, these kits make a great gift for any aspiring griddle master in your life.
Clean as You Go
One of the top tips to keep in mind is to clean as you go. Using a bench scraper to remove food and residue during cooking and directing it toward the grease trough will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
By cleaning throughout the cooking process, you're getting rid of the mess little by little, making the final post-cooking cleanup much easier and less stressful. So, keep a scraper handy and use it freely while cooking up a storm on your flat-top griddle!
Power Down at 95%
Another great tip to make the cleaning process easier is to turn off the heat before your food is completely done cooking. When your food is around 95% cooked, simply turn off the burners and let the residual heat finish cooking your meal.
Not only does this prevent overcooking, but it also makes cleaning a breeze. By turning off the heat early, you'll avoid cementing any leftover food particles onto the griddle's surface, saving yourself from some serious scrubbing later on.
Scrape and Remove Residue
After cooking, make sure to immediately use a bench scraper to scrape any remaining residue off of the cooking surface, directing it into the grease trough. This will prevent any grease or debris from building up and making cleaning more difficult later on.
Additionally, for any larger debris, you can use a spatula to scoop up and dispose of them properly. By following these simple steps, you can keep your flat top grill in top condition and enjoy delicious meals for years to come.
Wipe Down the Surface
Wiping down the surface is one of the most important steps to take, and it's best to do it while the griddle is still warm. This helps to prevent residue from sticking and makes it easier to remove any grease and grime.
Whether you prefer to use paper towels or a damp rag (or both!), be sure to wipe down the entire grill surface, including inside and outside sidewalls and the grease trough area.
And remember, warm water is key - avoid using cold water as it can cause the metal to warp. In fact, pouring warm water directly onto the griddle surface can give it a good rinse and help remove any remaining debris.
Don't Forget the Seasoning Process
A crucial step in keeping your flat-top grill in tip-top shape is applying a thin layer of seasoning after cleaning. You can choose your favorite high-smoke cooking oil, like vegetable oil, canola, extra-virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil.
Pour a thin layer of oil across the surface and use a paper towel to ensure it is evenly spread for a nice protective layer. Avoid using too much oil, as it can make the seasoning layer sticky or gummy.
Once you've applied the oil, wipe any excess oil from the cooking surface to the grease trough using a paper towel. This will keep your flat top griddle in pristine condition and keep your food tasting delicious.
Storing Your Griddle
Giving your griddle a little TLC in the form of cleaning and seasoning is essential for maintaining its longevity.
But just as important as the cleaning routine is proper storage. With just a little bit of effort and care, your griddle will be ready and waiting for your next sizzling masterpiece.
When it comes to storing your griddle, taking proper safety precautions should be at the forefront of your mind.
Most importantly, make sure your griddle has cooled down completely before attempting to store it away. Not only does this prevent potential safety hazards, but it also ensures your griddle will last longer and stay in good condition.
So don't rush to put it away the moment you're done using it – take a breather and let it cool off first. Your safety (and the safety of those around you) is worth the extra few minutes of waiting!
Cover It Up
If you want your griddle to last as long as possible, it's important to take some precautions when it comes to storage.
A great way to protect your griddle from dust and debris is by using a suitable cover. Not only will a cover help to keep everything clean, but it will also help to prevent any scratches or scuffs on the surface of your griddle.
This may seem like a small detail, but it can actually make a big difference in the overall appearance and longevity of your griddle. So be sure to invest in a quality well-fitting cover, and keep your griddle safe from harm!
Store in a Dry Place
When it comes to maintaining your griddle, one of the most important tips we have for you is to store your griddle in a dry place.
Moisture can cause rust, so it's essential to make sure your griddle stays dry. Whether you're keeping it in your home or outdoors, be sure to store it in a place that's protected from excessive moisture.
And if you do plan to store it outside, make sure it's covered with a quality well-fitting cover to shield it from the elements. By following these simple tips, you'll help ensure that your griddle stays in top shape for years to come.
Quality Griddles and Covers for Added Protection
If you're in the market for a high-quality new griddle, DDR BBQ Supply has you covered. One popular option is the Camp Chef Griddle, which is great for camping trips and picnics.
But if you're looking for something a little more heavy-duty for your outdoor kitchen, consider the Halo Elite 2B or 4B Outdoor Griddles. Complete your griddle setup with the matching Halo Elite 2B or 4B Outdoor Griddle Covers, conveniently available on DDR BBQ Supply, ensuring a perfect fit and providing extra protection against the elements.
Plus, they're perfect for cooking up a storm for family and friends. So why wait? Head on over to DDR BBQ Supply and check out these top-notch griddles and covers.
Avoid Dish Soap
Try to avoid using soapy water as it can remove the seasoning that gives your griddle its unique flavor.
Say No to Ice
Remember not to use ice on a hot residential griddle, as it may cause warping or cracking.
Opt for routine cleaning after each use to avoid the need for frequent deep cleaning.
Keeping your grill's surface clean and maintained is crucial for the success of your griddling adventures. Not only does regular cleaning ensure cleanliness, but it also helps to preserve the longevity and optimal performance of your griddle.
To properly clean your grill, invest in the right tools such as Heat-Resistant Gloves, a Griddle Scraper (available in the 5-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit & 8-piece Halo Essential Griddle Kit) or a Bamboo Wood Grill Scraper, disposable Halo Grease Trap Foil Liners, Paper Towels or a Damp Rag, and your favorite high smoke temp cooking oil to season your griddle.
By using these tools and a systematic cleaning approach, you’ll be able to keep your griddle sizzling and ready for your next cookout. Happy griddling!