Given my interests in foods and savor and years of experience as a culinary, I’ve come to appreciate perfecting the griddle. Seasoning your griddle isn’t just a task—it’s a ritual and a method that promises impeccable flavor and a legacy of delicious meals. Let’s learn how to season a blackstone griddle and add to your taste.
Why Season Your Griddle?
Seasoning is the secret to a griddle that offers a non-stick, flavor-enhancing cooking surface. It’s the process that builds up a patina, ensuring your food releases easily and tastes as authentic as it should.
Essential Tools for Seasoning Your Griddle
Before getting deeper into seasoning, It is essential to learn a few points:
- A bucket of warm, soapy water
- Blackstone Griddle Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner (or a high-smoke point oil of your choice)
- Heat-resistant gloves or tongs
- Paper towels
- Coarse salt
- Dish soap
- A sturdy stick or spatula
Step-by-Step Seasoning Guide
- The Initial Cleanse: Unbox your griddle with excitement, but before you fire it up, wash your griddle to make it clean and remove any residue. A gentle soap and water mixture should do the trick.
- Preheat and Darken: Fire the burners to their highest setting and let the griddle preheat for 10-15 minutes. You’re looking for a noticeable color change to a darker hue, signaling it’s ready for the next step.
- The Oil Ritual: Using a thin layer of Blackstone Griddle Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner—or your chosen oil—apply it evenly across the surface. This isn’t the time for generosity; a thin coat ensures a smooth, durable seasoning.
- The Smoking Point: Reignite the burners and wait till the griddle smokes and the oil transforms into a protective polymer. This will take about 30 minutes. So, have patience to taste this delicious dish.
- Repeat the Process: True perfection comes with repetition. Apply a thin layer of oil and heat the griddle until the smoke disappears. Repeat this until you achieve a rich, dark brown surface.
- The Final Coat: After the initial rounds, let the griddle cool, then apply a final layer of conditioner or spray. This acts as armor against the elements.
Maintaining Your Masterpiece
Post-seasoning, cooking on your griddle will continue to build up the seasoning. Between uses, a light coat of conditioner or spray will maintain the non-stick surface. And remember, a good cover is the shield that protects your griddle from the elements.
Advanced Seasoning Tips
After completing these steps, it’s time to delve into the finer points of griddle maintenance and seasoning. Here are some advanced tips to keep your griddle in top-notch condition:
- After Initial Seasoning: Your griddle’s seasoning isn’t a go and get it process. Each cooking session adds layers to the seasoning, enhancing its flavor and non-stick properties.
- Post-Cooking Ritual: After cooking, while the griddle is still warm, the application of a thin layer of oil is quite beneficial at this stage as this practice maintains the seasoned surface and prepares it for your next culinary adventure.
Choosing the Right Oil
- Smoke Points Matter: Oils with high smoke points are preferable for seasoning. They can withstand high temperatures without breaking down, creating a more durable seasoning layer.
- Flavor Profiles: Consider the flavor that different oils can bring about. While Blackstone’s proprietary blend is designed for optimal performance, experimenting with oils like canola, flax, or olive oil can add subtle taste nuances to your dishes, adding a unique savor.
Seasoning Through Cooking
- Cook to Season: Foods with natural fats, like bacon or fatty cuts of meat, contribute to the seasoning layer. As you cook, these fats polymerize, just like the oil in the seasoning process, enhancing the griddle’s surface.
- Acidic Foods: Be cautious with acidic foods, which can strip the seasoning. If you cook something acidic, it may be wise to re-season lightly afterward.
Cleaning with Care
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Post-cooking, if you need to clean the griddle, avoid harsh detergents. A scraper and some water are usually sufficient to remove food particles as the use of harsh detergents may spoil the taste.
- Salt Scrub: For stubborn residues, a salt scrub can be effective. Coarse salt acts as a gentle abrasive, helping to remove bits of food without damaging the seasoning.
Storing Your Griddle
- Cover Up: Invest in a high-quality cover to protect your griddle from the external elements. This is especially important if you store your griddle outdoors.
- Dry Environment: Store your griddle in a dry place to prevent rust. Consider using a dehumidifier in the storage area if you live in a humid climate.
Seasoning is a Journey
- Patience Pays Off: The more you use and season your griddle, the better it gets. Like a well-loved cast-iron skillet, your griddle will develop a non-stick patina that adds character and flavor to every meal.
- Document Your Process: Keep a log of your seasoning sessions—what oils you use, how many coats you apply, and the results. This can help you refine your technique over time and become better graduall.
Engage with the Community
- Share Your Experiences: Join online forums, social media groups, or local cooking clubs to share your seasoning experiences and learn from others.
- Continuous Learning: The world of griddle cooking is vast and varied. Stay curious, experiment with different techniques, and always be willing to adjust your approach based on new insights.
Seasoning your griddle is a blend of science and art. With each layer of oil, you’re not just preparing a cooking surface; you’re crafting a legacy of flavors, memories, and meals that bring people together. So, take pride in this process, and watch as your griddle becomes a storied centerpiece of your culinary exploits.