How to clean Blackstone griddle? Expert advice.

The Blackstone griddles consist of flat tops made from cold-rolled steel with black powder coating on them and powered by portable propane tanks. These grills are loved by most people due to their large cooktops and adjustable heat. Moreover, griddles are available in a large range of sizes from small units for camping to huge griddle surfaces that feed up to 20 people. Cleaning for a steel griddle is very similar to cleaning for cast iron grills or cookware and the steel will rust unless it is cleaned properly and regularly seasoned. Fortunately, cleaning a Blackstone Griddle takes less than 5 minutes and you need a few basic supplies to complete this task. Let’s learn how.

Supplies Required For Cleaning

  1. Microfiber towels
  2. Paper towels
  3. Two buckets: One for water and the other for a soapy solution
  4. Griddle-cleaning soap: It makes cleaning your griddle a breeze. However, you can also use grime and grease-cutting strong soap or dishwashing liquids.
  5. Griddle non-metallic scouring pad or sponge: It is available in different thicknesses and helps scour your grimy griddle to remove caked-on grease and burnt materials.
  6. Griddle brush: It is a heavy-duty stiff-bristled brush, typically with a wooden handle, that will help you remove even the most persistent griddle grime and crust that won’t go with sponges or scouring pads.
  7. Griddle scraper: A kitchen tool that resembles a paint remover, consists of a comfortable handle and a fan-like blade that ends in a straight edge. This edge works to scrape the residues and grime out of the griddle.
  8. Pumice grill stone or grill bricks: It’s primarily a small block of pumice stone, used to remove grease and rust buildup from grills and griddles. It’s perfect for the toughest grime without scratching or removing any non-stick coating due to the mild abrasive property of pumice stone.

After gathering all the supplies needed for the griddle cleaning, let’s learn when and how to perform the cleaning process.

How Often Should You Clean a Blackstone Griddle?

It’s important to clean and season a new griddle before you use it for the first time to remove any dust, grime, and residue. And in the future, it’s best to properly clean and season it after each use.

How to Clean a New Blackstone Griddle?

Follow these simple steps to clean your new griddle for the first time.

  • Assemble all the parts of the griddle that come in packaging. Read the instructions carefully before assembling. 
  • Once the griddle is assembled, mix grill cleaning soap or string dishwashing detergent in one gallon of hot water. Stir well until suds appears.
  • Place the bucket with soapy solution near the griddle, and make sure the griddle surface is cold.
  • Dip a microfiber towel in the cleaning solution and squeeze it to remove excess water. Scrub the entire flat surface of the griddle using this wet towel. 
  • Now fill another bucket with clean water. Use another clean towel dipped in water to wipe the soap out of the cooking surface. Repeat this step until all is cleared.
  • Now use a dry towel to wipe the surface and allow it to air dry. Make sure no moisture remains on the griddle surface.

That’s all about cleaning a new Blackstone griddle. Let’s learn how to season it in the right way.

Seasoning of a new black stone griddle:

It simply involves oiling the steel to create a nonstick surface for cooking and discouraging the formation of rust.

  • For coating, the griddle surface, use around two to three tablespoons of vegetable oil. With the help of a paper towel spread the oil on the entire flat surface as well as the sides and the back rim of the griddle.
  • It’s time to turn on the burners and allow the temperature to remain high for 10 to 15 minutes until the oil begins to smoke.
  • When the color of the griddle’s surface begins to change upon its bonding with oil, turn off the burners and allow it to cool off. 
  • Repeat two more heating sessions with more oil to make the griddle surface black and ready to cook.

How to Clean Blackstone Griddle after cooking?

It’s much easier to clean your griddle when you’ve just used it and it’s still hot. Follow these simple steps to clean your griddle just after every cooking.

Keep the griddle on with appropriate settings for cleaning. 

As different griddles require different temperature settings for cleaning. Moreover, griddle soaps also work best in certain temperature ranges. So it’s essential to check the manuals for favorable temperature ranges of both soaps and griddles.

Prepare a soap solution in bucket

In a bucket, mix griddle soap or dishwashing detergent in warm water, until leather forms. Make sure to check the manual for how much water should be required for that specific soap to compound.

Scrub your griddle’s surface

Dip the non-metallic sponge into the warm, soapy water and apply it on the griddle’s surface with moderate force. Use a back-and-forth or up-and-down scrubbing motion to loosen and remove as much junk as possible. Dip your sponge into the water frequently to ensure a steady application of soapy water to the griddle’s surface.

Note: Place a small bowl beneath the dip tray. It will catch the water you use to scrub the griddle.

Alternating between different cleaning instruments 

  • If a moderate level of force is ineffective in removing grime from the griddle, apply more force. You can also use thicker sponges or pads alternatively to enhance cleaning.
  • If your griddle sponges have proven ineffective, try a griddle brush to loosen caked-on materials.
  • If the griddle brush also proves ineffective, make use of griddle scraper to scrape of the grime.

Dry and Season the Griddle

Use a microfiber towel to carefully dry the griddle, and then use a paper towel to spread about one or two tablespoons of vegetable oil over the entire cooking surface so it is completely covered.

How to Clean a Rusty Blackstone Griddle?

A rusty griddle can be restored but needs much more force and time from your side. Let’s learn how to clean a rusty surface in a professional way. 

Heat the Griddle

Turn the griddle to high heat and allow it to get really hot before you begin working. Heating makes the cleaning procedures less difficult for you. Make sure to wear heat-protective clothing and glove before doing this job.

Scrap the rust with a griddle scraper!!

Use a metal scrap and keep on scraping until all rust removes. Make sure to keep the griddle surface dry, and avoid adding water. 

Wipe away loosened rust when the griddle cooled off

Allow the griddle to cool completely and use a scraper or a paper towel to remove all of the loosened rust from the griddle surface.

Scour the griddle surface with griddle stone

Pour four or five tablespoons of vegetable oil on the surface of the griddle and scrape it with a pumice grill stone. Wipe away the oil and debris with paper towels. You can repeat this step with more oil if there are still visible flakes of rust. 

Season the griddle surface

Once the rust is gone, season the griddle with fresh oil.

Store in a dry, clean place

Be sure to store it in a cool, dry place and you won’t have to do all that scrubbing again.

Tips to Remember

Avoid cooking with non-stick cooking spray and corn oil.

Non-stick cooking sprays have a high water content and burn easily while corn oil has high sugar content in it that melt and makes the griddle surface messy. 

Wipe your griddle down after light cooking.

Use a paper towel to wipe the surface down. The small amount of oil that remains on the griddle after a light wipe-down will help season the griddle.

After heavy cooking, wipe your griddle down with club soda.

Pour room-temperature club soda directly on the griddle. Pull oil and food scraps toward the grease trough with a metal spatula. Wipe the surface down with a paper towel, then season your griddle.

Do not use metal utensils.

When using your griddle, avoid using metal forks or spatulas. These could lead to scratching or removal of your griddle’s non-stick coating. Using a metal scraper is ok if you have a ceramic or stainless steel griddle.

Do not use a wire brush

It can leave tiny slivers of metal that can rust or get captured in the next food you prepare. Always use a paper towel to wipe away any residues.

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