Methods to Clean a Griddle:
If you're someone who loves making flapjacks for the entire family, you'll know how to clean a pancake griddle is just as important as how to make them.
In order for the griddle to function effectively, and to keep it in good condition, it's clear that it’s important to know how to clean it properly as well.
Using a Degreaser
Oil is usually used to grease griddles on a consistent basis. But when you're done with your griddle, you might want to consider scrubbing it with a degreaser instead.
Many companies sell the best griddle cleaning detergent, which effectively removes all of the grease off of your metal, cast iron or stainless steel pan. Let it sit there for several minutes, and then, just scrape off the remaining grease.
While you think that soap won't work on your coffee grinder, you'll be amazed at how well it works on your pancake griddle. All you need to do is to apply some soap, spread it over the entire surface of your griddle and then wipe it all off with a sponge.
Method 1: Soak and Clean With Grease Removing Soap
The first step in “How to clean a pancake griddle” is to soak the griddle in warm water with a grease removing dish soap or a degreaser for about 30 minutes.
While soaking the griddle, run your hands along the griddle surface to loosen the hardened spill and grime.
After soaking, you can scrub the surface with a stiff bristle brush while the griddle is still wet which will loosen and remove the stuck on grease and remnants.
Rinse and wipe clean with a clean cloth after scrubbing. Please note that if the griddle surface is enameled cast iron, you should avoid using any soap containing chlorine or detergent that could harm the nonstick cooking surface.
Method 2: How to remove sticky grime
Griddle is an excellent piece of equipment, considering that it is useful in the preparation of a wide range of foods. But maintaining the griddle is quite important in order to reap its full benefits. Deposits of burnt and dried food debris when left unattended can corrode or stain your griddle.
Before you use your griddle, always check that the surface is free of excess grease, oil and other food debris. For those foods that may stick to the surface of the griddle, don't forget to apply a thin coat of cooking oil or oil spray. If the griddle smokes, then this is an indication that the griddle is not oiled properly.
Here are some examples of how you can clean your griddle:
Blot the surface of the griddle using a paper towel. It will absorb oil, grease and other debris easily. After using the griddle, it will help in keeping the griddle surface to be cleaner.
Another method is to let the griddle cool, if it is not too hot to touch. Then lay paper towel strips on the griddle and let it soak up the debris. Don't forget to use a sharp scraper to get debris on the sides of the griddle and nooks and crannies.
Method 3: Spatula and warm soapy water for stuck grease
And burnt mess.
This should only be done if the griddle gets extremely dirty. First soak the griddle in hot water with a squirt of dish soap until all the stuck on pieces are loosened. Next use a spatula in a motion that moves away from you in a scraping motion. Make sure to wear gloves! Scale the spatula with soap to remove any burnt on bits. For a more thorough cleaning, finish by scouring the cleaned areas of the griddle with a soft scouring pad. Finish by drying with paper towels or a soft towel.
Method 4: White vinegar and warm water method
Before you start cleaning, keep in mind that it takes only about 30 minutes to prepare everything and clean your griddle.
Start with dissolving 2 tbsp of baking soda in warm, but not hot, water.
After that, quickly spray the griddle with distilled white vinegar and spread the soda water solution over the entire surface. Now place the griddle in the sink and leave it for a few minutes to soak.
While the griddle is soaking in soda water, you can scrub it with harsh abrasive scrub sponge to remove the burnt on carbon.
To make the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar faster, turn on the hot water and let the faucet run some time over the griddle.
Once the griddle soaks for some time in baking soda and white vinegar solution, remove it from the sink and wipe it with clean cloth.
If there are still some stains or carbon, you can always tackle them using razor blade.
Rinsing the griddle under running water will remove all the old stain and remove the smell of vinegar.
Finally, conclude the entire process by rinsing the griddle under warm and fresh water.
Method 5: Soapy water and sponge
Heat griddle to 375° F.
Mix 1 quart of water and 1/2 cup mild detergent in a large pot.
Place griddle in the pot and use a sponge to scrub the entire surface.
Rinse with clear warm water.
Dry completely with a towel.
Why Cleaning a Griddle is Important?
A dirty griddle not only takes away the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen but also poses serious health risks.
The “black spots” that you normally notice on your griddle are the result of the oil dripping on your pan after cooking. It is basically a non-bacterial residue that’s created by the fat and the oil.
If you are planning to cook anything else in your pan, then it is best to clean the griddle first. Otherwise, it will leave a strong flavor in your food.
Griddles that have not been cleaned properly can also lead to cross-contamination of food that’s stored in the same pan.
The residue created on your pan can be very dangerous for infants and people with weak immune system.
Baking Soda Method
First, take some baking soda and sprinkle it on your griddle. Don’t be afraid to pile it up.
Secondly, pour a little amount of water and use a spatula or a non-abrasive scrubber to loosen it.
Depending upon the condition of your pan, it may take you longer than expected to loosen the dirt.
Rub the surface with the metal side of your spatula or scrubber to remove the dirt.
Good things come to those who wait. So, if you’ve tried all the methods listed here to no avail, then, give the tips a few days time and try them again. ¦
If nothing works, then, you can take the griddle to the local repairman who can professionally look after it for you. ¦
Your griddle is an important and expensive appliance which has a lot of oil. So, if it gets dirty, you should not take chances on a home cleaning method that you are not sure will work or not. ¦
Remember that grills tend to be heavy and awkward to handle. So, do not attempt to clean a messy griddle without assistance when you’re cooking. ¦
Use the right cleaning method and your griddle will be sparkling clean within minutes.
Special bonus! ¦
Here is a video of a griddle before & after. ¦