Keeping your kitchen in top condition is really essential. From cleaning your burnt pans to taking care of your pizza stone. And then, what’s next? We’ll tell you! Who doesn’t love hot sizzling bacon and eggs with a sunny side up for breakfast, right? With the help of the right griddle, you can easily cook meals you and your family will love, whether it is bacon for breakfast or grilled steak for dinner.
However, the million-dollar question is: how to clean a griddle the right way? With the proper care, griddles can last for a long time, whether they are cast iron pans or stainless steel ones. In this article, we have put together a list of easy and straightforward steps that will keep your pots and pans spick and span, ready for use all the time! Let’s dive right in!
Cleaning a griddle pan step-by-step guide
While it is easy to care for your pans, you have to clean the griddle correctly to keep it from becoming unusable. Lucky for you, all you need to make the griddle last for generations to come, are a few common pantry items.
Want a pro-tip? Never place your cast iron skillet in automatic dishwashers. The excessive exposure to moisture and harsh detergent will not only destroy the finish but will cause the griddle to rust as well.
Let the pan cool down
The first thing you have to do is prepare the pan for cleaning. Let the griddle cool completely before you start. If you plunge a hot griddle into the water, it will weaken it, and a small crack might appear in it.
Wipe the food particles away
As the griddle cools, wipe away the food particles stuck on it using a clean paper towel. If the food is stuck and won’t come off, use a plastic scraper to loosen it. Never use steel wool or a metal scrapper as it will damage the pan.
1. Cleaning a cast iron griddle
Are you ready for the first cleaning tutorial? Let’s take a look!
Things you will need
- Kosher salt
- Olive oil
- Scrubber brush
- The first step is to clean off the gunk on the pan. Take a handful of salt and add some hot water to it. Spread this mixture across the griddle with the help of a scrubber brush.
- Rub the mixture onto the surface. Food debris, grease, etc., will come off with. If the pan is really dirty, rinse it out after scrubbing and start again.
- Once the griddle is clean, rub vegetable oil on the surface.
- Place the pan on low heat for almost 30 minutes.
- Once the pan cools down, you can store it safely.
2. Cleaning a nonstick pan
Cleaning solution number 2! Here’s what you need to do:
Things you will need
- Baking soda
- Olive oil
- Paper towels
- Tissue papers
- Scrubbing brush
- If there is any grease on the cast iron grill pan, clean it using tissue paper first. This will make the whole process easier. Don’t pour the grease down the kitchen drain, as it might clog it.
- Take 2 tbsp. baking powder and sprinkle it over the surface of the griddle. Add some water to it and create a paste.
- Take a brush and scrub to remove food debris, grease, grime, etc.
- Once the pan is clean, rinse it thoroughly. Rub olive oil on the griddle pan using a soft cloth. Wipe off the excess vegetable oil with towels.
- To keep the pan from rusting, let it dry completely before you store it.
3. Cleaning a stainless steel grill pan
Things you will need
- Dish soap
- Warm water
- Microfiber cloth
- Grab your trusty dishwashing liquid and mix it with some warm water. Make sure that you are using a mild dish detergent, as harsh cleaners will scratch the pan’s surface. Mix the soap and water well until suds are formed.
- Pour the soapy water mixture onto the griddle and start scrubbing softly.
- Once the pan is clean, rinse it thoroughly.
- Wipe with a microfiber cloth to dry the griddle. Once dry, the pan is safe for storing.
Tips for taking care of a griddle pan
No matter what kind of pan you have or what kind of cleaning method you opt for, make sure to stay diligent and consistent with the after-cooking care. If you preserve the pans, they get better with age.
Properly seasoned pans will make your guests come back for more! How you take care of a griddle after cleaning will determine how long it will last in your kitchen. With proper care, you will be able to pass your griddle down for generations.
1. Season the griddle
Make sure that you dry the pan thoroughly and re-season the surface. After cleaning it, place it in an oven and set the temperature to 260 degrees Celsius to make sure all the water is evaporated.
With the help of a paper towel, rub olive oil over the entire pan. Make sure that you get the sides, handle, bottom, and cooking surface. With another towel, wipe away the excess oil. If you don’t wipe the excess olive oil away, the pan will have a sticky coating. Let the griddle sit on the stovetop for a while, and then let it cool.
2. Water care tips
Don’t soak your pan in water since it will cause rust. Moreover, don’t let your hot pan come into contact with cold water. It might warp. To avoid this, let your pan cool first before cleaning it or clean the cast iron cookware with boiling water.
A few additional cleaning tips are:
- If your griddle comes with a lid, don’t keep the lid on while storing it. If you do this, it will trap moisture from the air between the pan and the lid, which will result in rust.
- When reseasoning the griddle, make the oven as hot as possible. This will allow the cooking oil to bond with the pan’s surface in a better way.
- Set the griddle upside down. Keep a foil under it to allow the excess oil to drip off.
3. Restoring a cast iron griddle
Vintage griddles or mishandled ones often have a coating of rust on them. However, you can easily restore them, if the rust damage isn’t too extensive. Take out the griddle and, with the help of a non-metallic scraper, remove as much of the rust as possible.
Since rust can stain concrete, clothes, and other surfaces, make sure that you protect the work area and wear protective clothing before removing the rust.
Mix 1 tbsp. lemon juice and one cup of baking powder. With the help of a small brush, apply this paste over the rusty surfaces. Cover the pan with plastic wrap. Let the pan sit for 24 hours. Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush and remove all the residue.
Repeat, if necessary. Rinse the pan thoroughly—Dry and season the pan before storing.
Whether you have recently purchased a brand new griddle or it has been passed down to you from your grandmother, it is a vital tool for your kitchen. Once you are done making delicious meals, you need to know how to clean a griddle so that it will last for a long time to come. With the help of the simple and easy steps we have discussed in this article, you can ensure that your griddles stay in prime condition.
Here’s to delicious, home-cooked meals!