Caring for your Griddle or Cooktop

Caring for your griddle takes relativity little time and begins before you even use it. Correctly seasoning it initially, then cleaning it correctly thereafter will ensure that your griddle performs well and offers you years of faithful service. So, first things first...

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Seasoning


This is the process by which the surface of the griddle is prepared for cooking. As food is cooked directly on the griddle, the surface needs to be non-stick - this is achieved by baking oil or lard into the metal. Over time food will start to stick and so the griddle will need reseasoning periodically. Here’s how to do it:

1. If your griddle is new, light the burners and leave them on a low setting for an hour. Allow the griddle to cool.
2. Rub cooking oil into the griddle with a lint free cloth, and heat to a high heat. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
3. Wipe of any excess oil, then repeat step 2. Allow to cool. Your griddle should now be ready to use.

Depending on how often it is used, a griddle should be reseasoned every week or two, or after a heavy cleaning. Which brings us to our next point ...

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Cleaning


Your griddle needs to be cleaned frequently to be kept in tip top working condition, and prevent your blueberry pancakes tasting of salmon and vice versa. Once you’ve finished using it, while the griddle is still hot, remove any residue using the scraper. Allow the griddle to cool, and wash using a clean cloth and hot soapy water. To remove any persistent stains on the surface use warm white vinegar.

Alternatively - scrape the griddle off while still hot, as above. Drip water onto the surface and sprinkle with salt. Wipe over while still warm with a kitchen towel (be careful!), and repeat as required. Simple!

Remember that your griddle may need to be reseasoned after a particularly vigorous cleaning session.