Do you have a range or cooktop with a built-in or integrated griddle? I was lucky enough to buy a house with a chef-style range, but it’s becoming more common for modern ovens to have lots of bells and whistles. like griddles and grills.
My oven or range has a griddle in the middle and I’ve recently discovered how many different things I can do with it. I kept the griddle covered up for a few years before giving it a try. Now there is no going back, it’s great for lots of things.
The only downside is that I didn’t know how to clean it. I went in search of videos that gave me lots of different cleaning methods. I tried a few techniques and these are the steps that helped me to get the griddle clean.
Materials Needed to Clean Indoor Griddle
To clean your indoor griddle you need a few tools. You might not need the brick unless your griddle hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in a while. You will note that there is NO SOAP listed. You aren’t supposed to put soap on your griddle. More on that below.
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- Spatula with fine edge
- Nylon scruber
- Cooking oil
- Griddle cleaning brick (if your griddle is really dirty)
- An apron (or clothes that might get a little dirty)
Steps to Clean Integrated Griddle
All of these steps might not be necessary if you keep your griddle clean after each use. I scrape mine down while it’s hot (step 1), but I hadn’t truly cleaned it because I didn’t know how to. Now that I’ve learned the process, I probably won’t need to do the last step very often.
- Heat up the griddle to loosen up the grease/debris. You don’t need a lot of heat, just little. Once it’s warm, turn it off.
- Use your spatula to scrape off as much as you can. Wipe the debris on a paper towel. Wipe down the griddle with a paper towel. This is no eco-friendly, but I don’t like to wash greasy towels.
- Apply some cooking oil to a nylon sponge and scrub the griddle. If your griddle is pretty clean, you can stop here if you griddle is pretty clean.
- If you still have lots of dark areas on the griddle as I did, use a pumice/brick on the darker spots. This creates a lot of chalky dust and debris.
- Scrape the debris with your spatula.
- Reapply oil oil with your nylon scrubber.
Don’t expect your griddle to be shiny and new. It’s not supposed to be. The manufacturer for my griddle (Blue Star) said “with time and use, your griddle will darken and develop a rich blue/black color, which is normal.”
If your griddle has a grease catch, be sure you investigate where the grease goes, newer models have a removable tray. I avoided using my trap because I didn’t know how to empty it. It’s a good thing because the hole on mine went directly to the mechanics of my range. I was SUPPOSED TO PUT SOMETHING TO CATCH GREASE. Now I have a metal cup to catch anything that goes down the hole.
Little Known Facts About Cleaning Integrated Griddles
You are NOT SUPPOSED TO USE SOAP. I encourage you to read the manufacturer’s manual. The manual for mine says “Do NOT use soap directly on griddle surface.”
Treat your griddle like you would a cast iron pan that you want to keep seasoned.
I hope this helps you with your griddle cleaning.