Everyone is welcome to the FREE annual Summer BBQ in New York city near time square that will be taking place May 10 – 15. We will be experimenting with different BBQ techniques this year due to changes in regulations from the New York authorities.
This is done every year to promote public transportation and to inform new people as to the benefits of public transportation. For this BBQ we are going to be experimenting with the safer alternative to the fire BBQ, which is the BBQ griddle.
Everyone loves to cook food on a griddle some day or the other. One of biggest reasons why you would want to choose this because Griddle cooked food can be extremely delicious. Be it pancakes or burgers, you may have seen pictures of families standing with griddles and there are various videos available that features the griddle cooking outside in the lawns.
Are you interested in getting an outdoor griddle but don’t know how to take care of your griddle cooking top. Maintenance is the most important consideration when choosing a griddle.
Our Special BBQ Seasoning Process
The griddle top is made of rolled steel and the most you season it, much better would be your overall cooking experience. Seasons is like using oil to the griddle top and applying around it, wiping the excess part of it, heating and then allowing it to form a black coating for the cooking surface.
Seasoning is the process in which oil is applied on the metal which helps in protecting the resistance against sticking. There are layers of soy oil available on the Blackstone griddles from the factory that can be used to protect rusting during shipping and sometimes leave certain blemishes or discoloration on the top of the griddle. Blackstone griddles have this ability to protect itself from rust.
Usually when you use the Blackstone griddle top then for the first time you need to wash it with a grease cutting soap dish and rinse it afterwards. Before cooking you need to coat the top and bottom of the griddle and then you will be able to notice the brown and black color start to appear on the top of the griddle while adjusting the temperature.
This means that your griddle is discolored but this is the way to achieve the best seasoned grill that prevents your food from sticking to the steel surface. Perfect seasoning of your grill top and bottom also prevents any kind of rust from building up and you can easily prepare the most delicious food.
Choosing a Healthy Oil
There are certain specific oils that are perfect for seasoning. Flax seed oil is a good choice for seasoning initially as it helps in creating a highly durable bond. Flax oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and quite natural in hardening the food and keeping it safe from burning up.
All these essential points can be taken into consideration while choosing an oil for seasoning. It may be expensive to choose an oil especially for seasoning purpose and not for cooking but the importance of using the best oil is clearly visible when you start cooking your griddle and see the quality of food prepared with better seasoning. The more your season your griddle, the better would be your cooked food.
Any of the oils can be used for initial seasoning such as Flax oil, virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, coconut oil, crisbee puck, vegetable shortening etc.
Before We Begin
Before you begin using the griddle, it is important to follow some of the basic instructions of seasonings. As a part of initial seasoning, one should coat the griddle and heat the oil above its smoke point. This process helps polymerize the oil and create a powerful bond with griddle top. Once you are done with this initial seasoning, you will get a black stick resistant surface. To make sure the process is completed effectively, it is advisable to follow steps mentioned below;
- Take about two to three table spoons of oil and apply it to surface of the griddle top. Make sure to spread around the oil using paper towel or a lint free cloth.
- Now, turn on medium-high heat of the griddle to heat up the oil.
- Continue heating until the oil reaches a smoking point and thereafter unless oil stops emit any form of smoking. Soon, your griddle stop shall begin to discolor. Make a note that this is a good thing to happen.
- Once the oil stops smoking after 25-30 minutes, it is appropriate to turn the griddle off and give it some time to cool down.
- The above-mentioned steps should be repeated, unless a dark surface is prepared on the griddle.
Completion of above steps indicates you are done with initial seasoning. Now store the griddle top by wiping it with cooking oil.
7 Day BBQ – How to do it with an Outdoor Griddle?
To make sure griddle is kept clean after each use, it is highly recommendable to scrape it using metal spatula or scraper, and then clean it using paper towel or a normal cloth. If in case there is some food residue left on the griddle, it is best to pour water on hot surface and let it remove the food residue.
After every use, it is also suggested to coat your griddle with oil. One can simply apply thin layer of oil to the griddle, and this shall help maintain seasoning bond and prevent it from any form of rust. For forming a protection layer for your griddle, you can use any form of oil. Make a note that it is not going to be used for cooking, it is just for providing protection and seasoning to the equipment.
Usually non-stick cooking oil works best for seasoning purposes. Apart from oiling, storing your equipment in a cool and dry place is another most feasible thing to do. This shall give your outdoor griddle a long life, without requiring you to put much effort on maintenance.
How does a well-seasoned griddle look like?
Once you have been successful in seasoning your griddle appropriately, following things can be noted;
- It shall have a black surface.
- The surface is going to be natural and stick resistant.
Don’t forget the more you are going to use and cook using your griddle, its surface shall become more shinny and black. Well this is all about seasoning and taking care of outdoor griddle. For users who takes immense care of product, they would undoubtedly be able to enjoy using griddle for a long period of time and that too without incurring much maintenance cost related to it.
Please Contact us for more information on how you can volunteer or come with your friends and family.