Are you tired of your greasy and oily pan cake griddle? Imagine what it would be like to serve your guests a pan cake which smells like a cheese Sandwich which you cooked last evening! Umm….howembarrassing!! So, are you wondering how to get rid of it? It’s quite easy. Let’s discuss below how to clean a pan cake griddle?
3 Methods to Clean a Pan Cake Griddle
After every meal, we must use a grill scraper to remove the leftover sticky food particles and excess oil. This can be easily done just after you finish your cooking. Mind you, if you delay this very first process then the waste would get stuck to the surface which could even damage your base.
These waste particles can be easily stored in the griddle’s waste cabinet. At the end of every day we should dump out the waste cabinet. It should be properly washed and sanitized.
If the griddle is still warm, then we can add a drop of dishwasher mixed with water and let it boil for some time. This would help in removing the hardened grease over it.
Now fold a paper towel to an approximately 4” inch rectangle and with the help of the scrapper rub the towel back and forth to remove stains and other debris.
These steps can be repeated for as per convenience.
Moreover, once in a week we must unplug the griddle and let it cool for some time. A clean cloth soaked in water would be enough to thoroughly clean the surface of the griddle.
Griddles can also be cleaned using griddle bricks. They have been proved to be quite effective.
Firstly, when the griddle is hot, add 2 tablespoons of oil over it. Then gently scrub the surface by moving your hands in a circular motion until the surface seems to be clean and then turn the griddle off.
Now add a few drops of dishwasher or soda onto the warm griddle. This process helps loosen the stubborn grease. Now scrub the surface with the brick in concentric circular motions until it is clean.
Then remove the extra scrap from the surface. Now rub it with a dry cloth and season it with some oil. The seasoning process is further being discussed.
This whole activity would hardly take 10 minutes of your time and trust me it’s worth it.
So, let’s dig a little deeper and learn the appropriate way on how to initially season a griddle. But before that we must know why seasoning is done?
Seasoning is a method where oil is incorporated into the metal to build a stick-resistant surface in order to protect the griddle from oxidization.
If your griddle is new or is cleaned a lot then it definitely needs to be seasoned from time to time to ensure that the food doesn’t get stuck on it.
Apply about 2-3 tablespoons of oil over the surface of the griddle and evenly spread it around with the help of a towel.
Now turn on the griddle at medium heat. Then, heat the oil until it reaches its ‘smoky point’, continue with the process till the top of the griddle stops smoking. This means that oil has been absorbed by it. Do not worry if the griddle gets discolored.
Turn the griddle off after the oil has stopped smoking. The whole process will take around 30-45 minutes and at the end let it cool for some time.
Repeat the above steps a few more times. And Wow! What you find is a nice dark surface on your griddle. This will create a non-stick surface and protect the griddle from getting oxidized.
Note: Clean the grill immediately with a cloth or paper towel. If water gets stagnant on it for a long time then it will rust the surface. Always try to keep the grill surface dry and smooth. Moreover, only the initial seasoning is not enough. After every use, the griddle must be oiled with a thin layer so as to maintain the seasoning bond.
So, cleaning a pan cake griddle is quite an easy process than we think. By adhering to the above steps we can easily fix it. So friends, what are you waiting for? It’s your call to revamp your Griddle.