A griddle is a new age kitchen equipment that has a flat-bottomed broad base. Made of metals like iron, stone, steel, etc. they can conduct heat easily allowing the food to cook to perfection. They can cook a variety of delicious dishes given that one requirement is fulfilled & that is seasoning the griddle. If you're on the lookout of finding the perfect griddle for you, take a look at the most reviewed and recommended griddles for 2021.
But for a griddle to function well, seasoning is very crucial, for a fine dining experience. This blog focuses on ways to season a Griddle and everything about it. This will allow you to use the griddle to its fullest and appreciate every bite you take. Read on to find out more.
What do you Mean by Seasoning a Griddle?
Seasoning a griddle doesn’t mean sprinkling it with spices and other delectable herbs like we do in food. It simply means making the griddle ready for cooking by spreading a layer of grapeseed oil on top of its surface and blackening it with heat so that a black scratch-resistant layer forms on top of the cooking surface. Seasoning a griddle also ensures that the food is packed in with a lot of flavors every time you take a bite. This is because the pores of the griddle get filled with oil while seasoning. This oil imparts flavor to the food every time it's cooked on a griddle.
Things to Remember While Seasoning a Griddle
Seasoning your griddle outdoors is a better option as it will allow the smoke to clear away quickly without creating much residue. However, outdoor griddle seasoning is a strict no during the windy days as the wind will interfere with the cooking. If you planning setting up a griddle for a camping activity, make sure you check out the featured section that lists some of the best camping cots that helps you enhance your camping experience.
How to Season a Blackstone Griddle or Any Griddle
To season your Blackstone Griddle or any Griddle perfectly, certain steps need to be followed that we have discussed below.
Clean the New Griddle before Seasoning
Cleaning the griddle to wash away the manufacturing debris and dust is very crucial for a griddle to season thoroughly. For this, use a solution of water and soap bar to gently scrub away the debris. Then rinse it with water and dry it with paper towels. For more on this, do read my blog on, ‘How to Clean a Griddle’ before using it for the first time.
Preheat the Griddle
Preheating is the most important step for a griddle to season thoroughly as the oil spreads evenly on a hot griddle. Turn the heat to maximum and let the griddle sit for 10-15 minutes to get heated. Check the heat level with your palm faced downwards. If you feel the heat radiating to your palm, the griddle is ready to be seasoned.
Spread a Layer of Oil
For this, using a high-fat content oil is crucial as the coat will be thick, allowing the seasoning to occur evenly. First, pour your favourite oil like virgin olive oil, or any other healthy oil over the entire surface of the griddle. Use a Multifold paper towel to spread it evenly. Allow the griddle with oil to sit on high heat for about 30 minutes, till the smoke point is achieved.
The smoke point is the temperature where the oil starts smoking up and the surface starts blackening. Wait until the entire smoke clears. Using healthy cooking oils for seasoning is a good option as they have a higher smoke point. Thus, they allow the griddle to season evenly. To know more about the best cooking oil options, take a look at the blog, "Welcoming a Healthy Way of Cooking".
Heat and Repeat
Covering it with oil just once is not enough as the oil layer will wear off with time. Allow the griddle to cool down a little and repeat the entire process 3 or 4 times. By now, you will see a layer on top of the griddle with the surface blackening up. This layer offers flavor to the foods allowing you to savor each bite.
Seasoning a cast-iron griddle like Victoria Rectangular Cast Iron Double Burner griddle also follows the same principle and steps as any other griddle.
Why is Seasoning Important?
Seasoning a griddle not only imparts lots of flavor to the food. It also prevents the food from sticking to the surface keeping your griddle protected. It is an effective way of protecting your griddle from humid and moist conditions that might damage and rust the surface over time. Now that you know everything about seasoning a griddle, it is advisable that you can read through the blog that briefs on how Electric griddle is an absolute neccessity for kitchen use.
To conclude, Idea is to bake the oil into the griddle surface so that the pores of the base doesn’t interfere with the cooking while the layer of oil works to keep the flavor intact. Cast-iron and other griddles are as delicate as they are sturdy and hence, special attention should be given to the seasoning process. If seasoned well, they will last a lifetime.
Now that you know how to season a griddle, go ahead and purchase one for yourself to taste the delectable cuisines at its best.
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