How to Season a Blackstone Griddle
Seasoning your Blackstone griddle creates a highly durable and naturally stick-resistant surface for easier food prep. Aim to give it a complete seasoning every ten cooks or so to maintain the peak condition of your grill.
Before using your grill, thoroughly clean it using a lint-free rag to remove any stubborn dirt or manufacturing residue.
As with any cooking surface, a Blackstone griddle must be seasoned appropriately before becoming an efficient non-stick cooking tool. Food will stick to its character without adequate seasoning and lack flavorful spice combinations. Furthermore, poorly seasoned griddles may chip and break over time, leading to unsightly scratches and gunk accumulation – taking proper care can keep it looking its best for years!
Step one of seasoning a Blackstone involves thoroughly cleansing its cooking surface. This will remove any food residue and ensure an ideal consistency for applying oil. Warm, soapy water works best to do this job before leaving it to dry completely before applying a layer of fat.
When selecting an oil for your grill, numerous choices are available. When making this choice, however, it must have a high smoke point; otherwise, it will burn quickly and leave an unpleasant flavor behind. Flax seed oil, safflower, or canola oil are excellent choices for Blackstone griddles.
Applying oil to a skillet is simple. Just pour a small amount onto the entire cooking surface, spread it around using a paper towel, and ensure that all edges of the grill are included, as they tend to overheat quickly.
After applying a thin oil coating to your grill, it is ready for use. After every cook, it is wise to rub down its entire cooking surface with grease to protect it from rusting between cooks while maintaining its non-stick characteristics.
Significantly, to maintain seasoning on a grill, it should not be hit with an abrasive tool such as grill brick or sandpaper; this step only needs to be undertaken initially when seasoning it for the first time. Once established regularly, you may switch to using soft brushes or rags instead to buff up its surface.
Applying the Oil
An essential step in maintaining the optimal use of any grill is seasoning it before first use. Doing this will prevent food from sticking to the surface and add depth of flavor and texture to meals you prepare; plus, it extends its lifespan, so any extra effort put in is worth your while! Properly seasoning a Blackstone griddle requires multiple coats of oil; it is best done while it’s still hot!
Use cooking oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable shortening, flax, canola, or even lard. Aim to get a thick layer of fat across all griddle surfaces by spreading with a paper towel or microfiber cloth without touching directly the hot surface with your hands.
Allow the oil to burn and smoke on the grill for around 30 minutes before switching it off and allowing it to cool. If excessive smoke comes from it, that might indicate your grill is too hot – try lowering its temperature before restarting the process.
Once your skillet has cooled down, use a paper towel to remove excess oil. Once dry, you can use a metal scraper or spatula to scrape off any food remnants clinging to its surface; now is also an opportune moment to clean its scraper!
To check whether your grill has been properly seasoned, sprinkle a few drops of water onto its surface and watch how they dance around on it – if the drops bead and form beads of water on your griddle surface, it has been properly prepared and can be used.
Once your grill has been thoroughly wiped down and dried off, it’s time to apply another coat of oil. Repeating this process until your griddle appears dark and glossy will take several rounds. Still, the effort is well worth your while to ensure your Blackstone griddle is perfectly seasoned – then enjoy delicious non-stick meals from it! Remember to reseason every ten cooks to ensure its peak condition; otherwise, it could wear out sooner than necessary!
Allowing the Oil to Smoke
A griddle is a flat cooking surface made from carbon steel that must be properly seasoned before it can be used, similar to a cast iron skillet. Its surface may become rough and challenging to clean without proper seasoning, and moisture and oxygen may reach bare metal areas, causing corrosion. There’s an easy solution available that will keep your Blackstone griddle looking brand new for longer!
First, carefully clean your grill using hot, soapy water. After it has dried completely, apply a light oil coating to protect its surface from rusting between uses. This will extend its useful lifespan.
Opt for high-quality oils rich in essential fatty acids. Examples include vegetable shortening, flax seed, extra virgin olive, and coconut oil. Steer clear of oils with high trans-fat concentrations, linked to health conditions like coronary artery disease and weight gain.
Once the grill has been appropriately oiled, switch on its burners and set them high. Within 10-15 minutes, its flat top should begin smoking and oxidizing – if it doesn’t, just adjust your burners and wait.
Take immediate steps as soon as your Blackstone griddle displays signs of discoloration. Please remove it from the heat and wipe away any excess oil with a paper towel before reseasoning (this process must occur every ten cooks or so). Reseasoning helps preserve its nonstick properties and should be performed every ten cooks.
Reseasoning will help your Blackstone griddle’s surface remain in top shape for years, yet won’t stop its gradual wear-and-tear from wearing down over time. Therefore, to extend its longevity as much as possible, try cleaning and reseasoning after every use to extend its longevity as much as possible. If it looks worn down beyond its intended lifespan, use a griddle brick or gently rub its surface with sandpaper – but do this sparingly, as too much force may remove existing seasoning from its shell!
Repeating the Process
As you apply more oil and heat it, the grill should darken; once it reaches bronze or black, stop using oil.
Repeating this process multiple times will help ensure that your Blackstone griddle has an evenly-seasoned cooking surface, complete with non-stick qualities, to enable effortless food preparation, cleaning, and maintenance. When properly seasoned, the grill becomes very simple to manage and clean once it has become non-stick – perfect for making meals quickly! Additionally, maintaining its condition becomes effortless.
When seasoning your Blackstone griddle for the first time, you must follow these instructions to achieve an excellent non-stick surface. Multiple cycles of applying oil and heating it until it turns black will create an effective, non-stick cooking surface.
Once your grill has been properly seasoned, to maintain it in top condition, you should clean it after each use by wiping it down with warm, soapy water after cooling before scraping away food debris with a spatula or straight metal scraper. After it’s cleaned, it should be stored somewhere cool and dry to prevent further rusting.
Maintaining your Blackstone griddle regularly is integral to its continued use and functionality. We suggest re-seasoning it every 10 to help keep its cooking surface in good condition and storing it in a cool, dry area with a protective covering between uses.
As soon as it’s time to re-season your griddle, food should begin sticking more quickly than usual – this indicates that its seasoning has worn away and another layer needs to be applied. Flaxseed oil offers high smoke point capabilities to withstand the hot temperatures required in this process.