If you are planning on buying your first griddle, it’s important you spend the time to set it up and care for it correctly – as this will mean your food will taste better and your equipment will last longer!
Taking it out the box
When you receive any new catering equipment you MUST clean it and sanitise it. After production in a factory and transportation and possible storage, catering equipment is not suitable for food preparation without a good clean, so make sure you clean it thoroughly before even turning it on!
You need to season your griddle before you use it. Seasoning a piece of catering equipment means creating a layer of oil to stop food from sticking and protecting the metal from corroding.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Heat the griddle
Take your new griddle and turn it up to its hottest setting – leave it for 10 – 15 minutes and then turn it down to its lowest setting.
Step 2: Add Salt
To begin the seasoning process, sprinkle salt onto the surface and work it over the metal.
This is a final, deep clean, as the salt acts as the perfect abrasive medium, and prepares the metal surface for the layer of oil you are about to apply.
Step 3: Turn off the griddle and clean off the salt
Use water to wash off any residue of the salt, as you don’t want there to be taste transfer from the salt to any food you are cooking.
Step 4: Dry the Griddle
As you’re about to put oil onto a hot griddle, make sure it is totally dry.
Step 5: Heat the griddle
Again heat the griddle to its hottest setting and then bring it down to its lowest heat.
Step 6: Add the oil
Now take oil – any oil – and pour it onto the hot griddle. Spread the oil evenly around the whole plate until it appears to disappear, burnt off if you like. You can repeat this process a couple of times but more than that will make little difference.
Your griddle is now ready to use!