How to season your griddle to keep it rust free.
If you live in a humid climate, close to water or a salty beach, your griddle can rust more easily when you first start using it. But don’t fret; it can be remedied quite easily if you take good care of it. It is much easier than you think.
The first times you use your griddle, you need to season it.
To season your griddle , you will turn on the griddle to hot and add any higher heat oil like canola oil or avocado oil. Use heat resistant gloves and with a napkin or paper towel spread the oil on all surfaces of the cooking area. You want the oil to start smoking. You will notice the gray new griddle will start to turn black. Wipe the oil off and add more oil and repeat a couple times. Seasoning the griddle will make the surface non-stick.
Seasoning your griddle does not need to be done every time you cook. Just use water and a scouring pad to clean it up and finish with a nice layer of oil or even shortening. In fact, the more you cook on your griddle, the nicer its surface will get.
If you leave your griddle out and unprotected, and rust starts to appear, no worries!
Rust is iron, water and oxygen that mingle together. With a bit of grease as a protective layer, you will never see rust on it.
First, make sure you have a good metal scraper. You will also need some paper towels, grill stones or a good brush, and some cooking oil.
The first step is to turn on your griddle to high heat and scrape off any rust. Don’t be shy, put some muscles into it! You might want to protect your hands so you don’t get burnt. Turn it off, cool it down and wipe off the surface.
Now comes the fun part! Add a few tablespoons of cooking oil and use a grill stone or a good brush and scrub away the entire surface. Wipe it down and repeat the process until there are no more debris and oil it again. Wipe it off.
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