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Imagine walking into a modern kitchen. The color scheme is black and gray. The cabinets are shining and the floor is sparkling. Upon reaching the platform, you find a griddle in between two burners. It is scratched, dull, oily, and also stained. How do you feel? This article will help you so that none of your guests will feel this way upon seeing your griddle!
Griddles are the most vital and yet the most difficult to clean equipment. They can be used to cook a bunch of food items. From pancakes for breakfast to burgers for lunch and sandwich pizzas for dinner, you can make it all on a griddle. But the real challenge is not cooking on a griddle, it’s the after-effects that hurt (always).
Cleaning of a griddle can turn really nasty. Let me walk you through the entire process step by step.
The real question is when do you realize your griddle needs vigorous cleaning? The symptoms it will exhibit are going to be some of these- unevenly cooked food, sticky surfaces due to grease buildups, and others. Needless to say, your griddle obviously has to been thoroughly cleaned after every use.
1. Regular Cleaning
1. Keep the griddle in the sink as soon as you’re done using it. Pour on some water and leave it in there for a few minutes. Do not let the oil and food dry and settle on it. The moment the food debris and excess oil start to deposit is when the real trouble starts. So, clean it while it’s hot.
2. Use a flat spatula to scrape all the junk from the surface. Try to not scratch the griddle while doing so.
3. Now that the debris is gone, rinse it with water followed by 2-3 drops of your normal dish soap. Then, use a folded paper towel to discard the waste. You can also use a scrubbing pad or a rough cloth.
4. Rinse it with water.
There you go! That wasn’t so bad, was it?
2. What if Your Griddle Is Way Too Dirty?
Sometimes, the stubborn food stains and greasy oil stains won’t go away if you clean your griddle the normal way. That’s where cleaning solutions come to your rescue.
1. Apply the solution to the surface of the griddle. This will help loosen the carbon.
2. Make sure the solution is non-abrasive.
3. Also, avoid bleach and other harsh chemicals.
4. Use a paper towel or a rag to wipe off the residual stains.
Pro Tip- It is highly recommended that you keep ice or cold water out of the griddle’s reach. Ice/cold water is so NOT going to do the work. It will increase your labor instead. It will also cause stress cracks to appear on the surface.
3. How Do You Clean A Chrome Griddle?
A chrome griddle’s cleaning will require a little more effort.
1. Start with the very basics. Pour some warm water on the hot griddle and allow the grease to loosen. Scrape the food debris and remaining grease buildups from the surface.
2. Rinse again with warm water.
3. Then, scrub it using a brush.
4. Keep the griddle away for the surface to dry.
5. Next, use a cloth to wipe it out.
Pro Tip- Do not use soap, abrasive materials, or cleaning chemicals to clean your chrome griddle.
4. How Do You Clean A Cast Iron Griddle?
Now we will have to do the opposite of the tricks mentioned above. The methods have been listed below according to how stubbornly the food is stuck to the griddle’s surface.
The very first and the very basic method is to pour drops of oil on the griddle and using a paper towel or a cloth to wipe it off.
Just as simple. Coming on to method two! This method is for the griddles that may have food debris stuck on ’em. Follow these steps –
Step 1- All you have to do it sprinkle an abrasive substance on the griddle’s surface.
Step 2- Scrub it using a cloth/paper towel.
Step 3- Pour some oil on the surface and rub it in.
And, you’re good to go. Don’t forget to put the waste in the bin.
Coming to the last method. This has to be followed when the food is so stubbornly stuck to the griddle that it wouldn’t budge an inch. Have a look at the steps–
Step 1- Place your pan underneath a tap, let the water run to get rid of the floatable debris. Only the stubborn ones will remain now.
Step 2- Use a ball of steel wool for scrubbing. Steel wool is pretty much the knight in shining armor. Scrub, scrub, and let it out!
There we are! Time for a new pro tip!? 😉
Pro Tip- Never forget to dry your griddles before putting them away in your kitchen cabinets or drawers. To dry your griddles faster, you can heat them up on the gas stove or make use of hair driers.
5. Going Chemical–less?!
There are times when natural acids and solutions aid us in doing the same tasks. Let’s take a look at a few –
1. Lemon Juice and Water
A solution of 1/4th lemon to that of 3/4th part water has to be made. Spread this solution on the griddle’s surface using a brush and then scrape it. Make sure to do this on a griddle that is hot. Repeat this until all the debris has come together. Rinse thoroughly and drain!
Spray some vinegar on the hot surface of the griddle. Don’t allow the vinegar to pool. Start rubbing using a cloth or a rag. Repeat until you’ve gotten rid of all the debris. Scrape off the vinegar!
3. Baking Soda
Make a paste of baking soda and warm water and spread it over the griddle’s surface. This will get rid of any stubborn grease. Then use a paper towel or a sponge to wipe away the baking soda paste.
Let the griddle fully soak in a basin containing coffee. This is a great way to remove grease-buildup. Repeat until needed. Scrape off the residue!
Use an onion as a brush/scraper to rub the surface of the griddle while it is still hot.
6. Pumice Stone
Use a pumice stone to rub circular patterns on the surface of a pre-oiled griddle and get rid of the debris.
7. Soda Water
Pour club soda on the hot surface and make concentric circles with a griddle brick. Scrape the excess away.
6. Few Extra Tips That Could Really Help You!
Tip 1- Make sure to wash a newly purchased griddle before using it. The manufacturing and the shipping could have made it dirty.
Tip 2- In case you’re thinking of trying out new cleaning solutions, always test it on a smaller portion of the griddle first.
Tip 3- Avoid placing the griddle under extremely high water force for cleaning. It can lead to damages.
Tip 4- Try to clean your griddle as often as you can. This will genuinely save you from the trouble of cleaning it with harsh materials.
Tip 5- You may also want to keep an eye on your griddle. Make sure to check the griddle for damages weekly and monthly. This helps to increase its life span.
Tip 6- You can also keep the griddle covered when it is not in use for increased protection.
Keep these small tips and tricks in mind and it is always going to be smooth sailing for you. Cleaning your griddle henceforth wouldn’t be tedious and boring. Instead, it’d be quick and easy! The extra tips also going help you save a fortune on the repairs and the maintaining.
Next time someone comes over, you don’t have to worry even a tad bit about the after-effects! You may now proceed to have pancakes for breakfast, burgers for lunch, and sandwich pizzas for dinner without feeling even a tinge of regret while cleaning the griddle.
Happy cooking, eating, and moreover, HAPPY CLEANING!