Cleaning electric griddle routinely

How To Clean Electric Griddle

Electric Griddle is a great kitchen appliance to use. It is extremely versatile, offering tons of options to cook on it, starting from simple pancakes to steaks and bacon. But cleaning the electrical griddle might require some extra attention.

Firstly, because it’s an electric griddle, it needs to be handled carefully while cleaning. And secondly, cooking fatty and oily foods on an electric griddle produces strong grease most of the time. And those aren’t easy to clean unless you know the right technique to do it.

So, to make your work easier, we have brought for you in this article some step-by-step processes to clean an electric griddle in its different states. So, just give it a read, and you’re good to go!

Cleaning with a Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher, then what are you worrying about? Half of your work is done here. All you need to do is to make sure that your electric griddle is dishwasher-friendly. Then, you check the manual of your electric griddle to find it out.

If you have a dishwasher, then what are you worrying about? Half of your work is done here. All you need to do is to make sure that your electric griddle is dishwasher-friendly. Then, you check the manual of your electric griddle to find it out.

Steps to Clean with a Dishwasher

Step 1: Turn off the cooking unit of the electric griddle. Make sure you’re cooling it down properly before taking it for cleaning.

Step 2: Disconnect the power supply cord once it is cool enough to be touched. Also, if your electric griddle has detachable handles, remove them.

Step 3: Remove any remaining food waste on the cooking surface using a spatula.

Step 4: Put the griddle base into the dishwasher.

Step 5: Once it’s done washing, remove it from the washer and wipe it with a towel to dry. Keep it aside and let it rest until the next cook.

Hand Washing

If you don’t have a dishwasher or if your electric griddle isn’t dishwasher friendly, nothing to worry about at all. Hand washing the electric griddle isn’t much of a tough work to do. Also, it is better to hand wash your electric griddle if it has tough grease and stains.

For your convenience, we will be explaining below a few methods of handwashing your electric griddle based on the state of your griddle before cleaning.

Cleaning electric griddle routinely

Method to Clean Routinely

Cleaning your electric griddle routinely after every use by hand isn’t a tough job. It’s similar to cleaning all other kitchen utensils and dishes.

What you’ll need:

  • Dishwashing soap
  • Paper towel
  • Sponge
  • Hot water
  • Clean Rags or dry towel

Steps to Handwashing Routinely

Step 1: Detach your griddle from the electrical outlet and let it cool down for some time.

Step 2: Use a paper towel to wipe out the excess oil left after cooking as much as possible.

Step 3:
Apply some dishwashing soap on the cooking surface and then slowly and gradually pour some water on it.

Step 4: Use a sponge to clean out the surface of the griddle. Scrub sufficiently and gently so that the remaining food particles get cleared without damaging the cooking surface.

Step 5: Keep scrubbing the surface with the sponge until it looks clear enough from any food particle.

Step 6: Rinse the surface with the sponge under the water tap and continue rinsing until there’s no trace of soap left forming foam on the griddle.

Step 7: Wipe down the griddle surface with a towel or clean rag to dry.

Keep it aside and let it rest until the next cook.

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Method to Clean Stubborn Grease

Grease is never too easy to take off from a utensil. It generally takes place due to continuous long-stretch use without cleaning the electric griddle. Cleaning stubborn grease needs some additional tasks but is worth it once done properly.

What You’ll Need

  • Cleaning Sponge
  • A flat-headed Spatula
  • Heat Resistant Gloves
  • Clean Rags or dry towel
  • Warm soapy water

Steps to Handwashing Routinely

Step 1: Switch on the electric griddle and let the hardened grease melt in low heat.

Step 2: Put on your heat-resistant glove and scrape off the melting grease on the griddle surface using a spatula. Don’t even try to touch the hot cooking surface of the electric griddle with your hands, even if you’re wearing a heat-resistant glove.

Step 3: Switch the griddle off once all the grease is loosened and melted.

Step 4: Take the cooking surface to a warm water solution and clean off the loosened grease with a sponge.

Step 5: Keep rinsing the sponge under tap water until no foam further seems to form.

Method to Clean Heat Discoloration

Due to continuous heating, the electric griddle often gets discolored. A dark layer forms on the griddle surface. This discoloration can be clean with the right method, which is as follows.

What You’ll Need

  • Commercial grade cleaner such as Dip-it detainer
  • A cup of hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cleaning Sponge

Steps to Clean Heat Discoloration

Step 1: Place the grease drain tray properly in the griddle and then preheat it to 225 degrees Celsius.

Step 2: Make a solution of the cleaner and a cup of hot water.

Step 3: Put on your rubber gloves, dip the cleaning sponge in the hot water solution carefully, and then sponge the cooking surface.

Step 4: Keep sponging the griddle until there’s no more solution left in the cup.

Step 5: Turn off the electric griddle and let it cool down.

Step 6: Once the griddle cools down, wash it with soap and water, and then leave it dry.

Step 7: Once the griddle dries, season the cooking surface with some cooking oil.

Methods to Clean Difficult Stains

Stains from utensils are most difficult to remove. There are two methods of cleaning difficult stains off an electric griddle. They are as follows.

Method 1: Using Vinegar and Water Solution 

A solution of water and vinegar with a ratio of 2:1, respectively, is a good option to remove difficult stains. Just apply the mixture on the cooking surface, let it soak for 5 to 10 mins and then wash it off.

Method 2: Using Baking Soda and Water Solution

Baking soda and water solution is applied following a hot soapy water bath of the griddle. Keep the solution for about half an hour and wipe all the solution with a wet sponge.

Final Words

Cleaning is a crucial part of maintaining an electric griddle. All you need to remember is that you’re dealing with an electric object that needs to be handled cautiously while cleaning to avoid accidents.

We hope the methods discussed in this article were helpful to you. Thanks for reading till the end!


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