How to Clean a Griddle
Outfitting your kitchen with a commercial griddle is one of the best ways to make your menu more diverse and appealing! Whether you use it once a week or every day, it’s very important to take care of your griddle in order to maintain cooking efficiency and to prevent flavor transfer. Since there are many different ways you can go about cleaning a griddle, we’ve provided you with some general tips and guidelines to follow, so you can continue to produce delicious meals for your customers.
Why Cleaning a Griddle is Important
Whether you’re cooking pancakes and crepes, or burgers, sandwiches, and meats, it’s important to clean and scrape your commercial griddle on a regular basis. When you cook any meal, fats, juices, and other food debris will be left on the griddle’s surface. If this grease and grime isn’t cleaned off, it will continually accumulate into a gummy layer which will then carbonize into a hard substance that’s extremely difficult to remove. If you continue to cook on this surface, heat won’t transfer as evenly and efficiently to the product being cooked, and it could cause the chicken being served at dinner to taste like cheesesteak that was cooked at lunch!
How to Clean a Commercial Griddle
If you already know how to clean a commercial grill, then it'll be even easier to learn how to care for a griddle! A majority of commercial griddles used in foodservice establishments are crafted with a stainless steel surface; however, there are many cooks who prefer using a chrome top griddle due to its greater heat retention qualities. It’s important to note that chrome requires a slightly different cleaning routine than non-chromium surfaces, but they're still easy to clean, especially if you keep up with maintenance after every use.
Cleaning Non-Chromium Surfaces
- After every use, use a grill scraper to remove excess grease and food. You can easily scrape debris into the griddle’s waste drawer and empty it once you’re finished.
- If the griddle is extremely soiled, use a griddle or grill brick while the surface is still warm to gently rub off caked-on grease and food. Make sure to rub in the direction of the grain so you don’t ruin the stainless steel surface.
- At the end of every day, or sooner if needed, you should also empty the waste drawer and then wash and sanitize it. Then, polish the front of the griddle with a clean cloth. You may also use a grill squeegee to clean the griddle's surface at the end of the day.
- Once a week, unplug the unit and allow the griddle to cool completely. Use a fresh cleaning cloth and a non-abrasive griddle cleaner to clean the surface, and then thoroughly rinse with water. This griddle gear cleaning kit includes everything needed to perform the above steps, and is a great investment for establishments using their griddle for heavy duty applications.
- After its weekly cleaning, you may need to re-season the surface depending on how often the griddle requires a heavy duty cleaning. Otherwise, apply a thin layer of cooking oil to help prevent rusting.
Cleaning Chromium Surfaces
- After every use, use a scraper blade to remove excess grease and food, and then wipe the surface with a damp cloth if desired.
- At the end of every day, scrape the surface as you do in the first step, and then using a clean rag, clean the surface with a mixture of mild soap and water. Next, thoroughly wipe down the surface with a different clean wet cloth, polish the unit’s front, and empty the waste drawer.
When caring for a griddle with a chrome surface, be sure to never use the following:
Whether you own a stainless steel griddle or a chromium commercial griddle, it's important to take care of it to ensure efficient cooking. By regularly cleaning your griddle after every use, in addition to performing routine weekly deep cleanings, you'll be able to keep your unit in top operating condition for years to come. To see a step-by-step demonstration of the steps listed above, check out the video below!