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How To Clean A Blackstone Griddle

Very few experiences are better than spending time outdoors with your loved ones. Cooking on a Blackstone Griddle makes this an even more memorable experience. Experts agree that Blackstone Griddles make preparing anything from eggs to prime steaks a snap because of the unique cold-rolled steel surface. Furthermore, Blackstone Griddle problems are uncommon.

How To Clean Blackstone Griddle The Right Way

The secret to easy cleaning of the Blackstone Griddle lies in the seasoning of the griddle plate.  Seasoning the griddle creates a nonstick, smooth surface that is easy to wipe down with a soft paper towel. Pour and boil some water on the griddle for stubborn grime before wiping it down.

Blackstone Griddles have taken the country by storm due to their excellent cooking surface. Below are a few easy steps to clean and keep your Blackstone Griddle cooking up a storm.

Keep It Simple – Blackstone Griddle Cleaning:

1. Key is to maintain the non – stick griddle surface

2. Only wipe down the surface with a cloth or paper towel after cooking (Don’t use soap)

3. For stubborn residues, boil water directly on the griddle, gently scrape the residue off with a griddle scourer or scraper

4. Re-season the griddle before storage

The Blackstone Griddle is unique in that in an age where most cooking surfaces are coated with artificial nonstick coatings or made from stainless steel, Blackstone has opted for an old-style, steel flat plate griddle as a cooking surface.

Blackstone 1971 Heavy Duty Flat Top Grill Station for Kitchen, Camping, Outdoor, Tailgating, Tabletop, Countertop – Stainless Steel Griddle with Updated Knobs & Ignition, 17 Inch

Steel is, of course, composed of carbon and iron. This combination distributes heat very well and creates a fantastic cooking surface.

 As is the case with the Blackstone Griddle plate, raw steel does rust and tarnish if not adequately cared for. The griddle plate is unpainted as the plate is exposed to heat and flames. Besides, paint flakes in your food won’t be tasty at all.

The solution to treating the raw steel to create a hygienic and long-lasting cooking surface is to season the plate. This process is basically to burn edible oils onto the bare metal surface, which then bonds to the steel surface, creating a rust-proof barrier that also happens to be nonstick.


Cleaning The Blackstone Griddle In 7 Easy Steps:

You will need a soft cloth or paper towel, scraper, griddle scourer, and clean water.

1.       Allow the griddle to cool down so as not to burn yourself. 

2.       Using a soft cloth or a paper towel, wipe the griddle surface clean and smooth. 

3.       If stubborn burned spices or fatty deposits remain. heat the griddle again and pour clean water onto the surface. The water will begin to boil. While boiling, use a scraper or Blackstone Griddle scourer to dislodge the stubborn bits. 

4.       Once the stubborn bits are cleaned away, turn off the griddle. If the plate has cooled down enough, do the final cleaning with a cloth or paper towel. Should the griddle still be hot, use the scraper as a handle to rub the cloth over the griddle's surface till all the water has dried. 

5.       Allow the griddle to dry properly by letting it stand for a bit or re-heating using the burners. 

6.       Once the griddle is dry, apply the recommended Blackstone seasoning and cast iron conditioner or good quality vegetable oil (2 to 3 tablespoons) onto the griddle and rub well with a clean paper towel, leaving the griddle ready for future use. 

7.       Don’t forget to empty and wash the grease cup attached to the rear of the griddle.   

Blackstone 2146 Camp Gas Griddle with Hard Cover, Black

When To Use Soap To Clean The Griddle

Dishwashing soap, or any chemicals, should only ever be used once on a Blackstone Griddle plate. The Blackstone recommendation is to only use soap once on the griddle before the first use and only remove dust and manufacturing grime from the griddle. After that, the fats and oils generated by the cooking process will keep the mettle griddle nonstick and easy to clean with heat and clean water.

Chemicals in soaps tend to stick to the metal surface of the griddle even when rinsed thoroughly. These residues can end up in your next griddle meal and negatively affect the taste. Pure water is the best solution for cleaning your Blackstone Griddle.


Getting A Rusted Griddle Back In Use

The Blackstone Griddle plate is made from steel, which is prone to rust if exposed to the elements for a while; the steel plate may develop rust. A rusted griddle has lost its protective layer, created when seasoning the griddle plate.

Getting your griddle back into use is done in the following few easy steps.

You will need a soft cloth or paper towel, scraper, griddle scourer, water, Blackstone Griddle seasoning, and cast iron conditioner.

1.       Heat the griddle until hot. 

2.       Using the scraper, scrape the surface of the plate until the rust starts flaking off. Be careful not to scratch the plate by exerting too much force. Take your time and keep the scraper at a shallow angle. 

3.       Turn off the heat and allow it to cool enough to avoid burning yourself. 

4.       Using a paper towel or a cloth, wipe the surface clean of the rust residue. 

5.       Pour water onto the griddle and wipe down with a cloth. 

6.       Once cooled, rub down the surface with a Blackstone Griddle scourer and rinse with water. 

7.       Should the rust remain, repeat steps 3 through 5. 

8.       Once the rust is gone, the griddle plate will need to be reseasoned to prevent it from rusting again and restore the nonstick surface. 


How To Clean A Blackstone Griddle: Summing Up

Cleaning your Blackstone Griddle plate is as easy as wiping down the plate after cooking. All you need to use is a cloth or paper towel. Re-seasoning after every use is essential to ensure the steel plate forming the griddles' cooking surface does not rust.

If the griddle's steel plate does rust by chance, the only solution is to remove the rust formed by scraping it off using a scraper and a cloth. Once clean and returned to a bare steel surface, the seasoning process needs to be re-done to restore the nonstick quality of the griddle and prevent future rusting.

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