If your restaurant uses a commercial griddle, especially in high volume, it is important to keep your griddle cleaned regularly. A clean griddle will not only last longer, but perform better, as carbonized grease can build up and prevent product from being evenly cooked. Here are some steps to take in order to keep your griddle clean and operating at peak efficiency.
After each use, you should clean your griddle with either a wire brush or a grill scraper. Having worked several years behind a griddle in college, I swear by the grill scraper. It allows you to really get under and remove any debris or carbonized grease that builds up on the griddle plate and almost squeegee them off.
Once per day, clean the griddle backsplash, sides and front. All sorts of grease and cooking liquids can accumulate in these areas, so make sure they get wiped down well! Remove, empty and wash the grease drawer. The grease drawer should be emptied as needed throughout the day, but at the very least, make sure you do it at the end of each day.
Once per week, you will want to clean your griddle surface thoroughly. To do this, make sure your griddle surface is warm, but not hot. Then, using a grill brick, rub with the grain of the metal on the surface. Rubbing against the grain can create damage to your griddle plate, which can cause it to not cook as efficiently. Once the griddle is cooled, clean the surface with a damp cloth and polish with a soft, dry cloth or griddle pads.
If necessary, you can use a detergent to help clean the plate surface, but if you do, be sure it is removed thoroughly by flushing with clear water. Should you use detergent, you should take steps to re-season your griddle. To do so, follow these steps below.
Seasoning Your Griddle
In order to season your griddle, you will first heat your griddle to a low temperature, around 300°F to 350°F. Then, apply a small amount of cooking oil (around one ounce per square foot of surface). Use a soft, lint-free cloth to spread the oil over the whole griddle surface, creating a thin film. Any excess oil can be wiped off with a cloth. Repeat this until the griddle has a slick, mirror-like finish. Seasoning your griddle helps keep products from sticking to the surface, which in turn makes it easier to clean!
Taking care of cleaning and seasoning your griddle can help extend your griddle’s life greatly, saving you from having to buy a new griddle before you’re ready. Check out our griddle cleaning products here.