How to care for a Blackstone Griddle! I will admit that not everyone has probably grown up cooking with cast iron. For me, it is second nature because that is what my mom used and my grandparents as well. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. )
I have to say when I saw Blackstone griddles in Walmart I knew that was a missing cooking apparatus that I needed! Now my mom had gotten me my first one the 17inch for my birthday which I now use on job sites and when we camp. However my back deck was in dire need of the 36 inches, yes it was a need, not a want. My old lady surprised me with the 36-inch griddle the following year for my birthday. I do say she had her own personal motives, she wanted breakfast and hibachi fried rice to be cooked for her!
Assembling Your Blackstone Griddle:
Now I am going, to be honest, my old lady waited for Walmart to assemble ours before she brought it home! She even managed to get it home in the back end of her Durango by taking the cast iron part off and putting the frame in the car. I am so glad she did that looking at how many pieces there are, however, the 17 inch came all together in the box. Be sure to follow the directions or have someone assemble it for you. The 28 inch and 36 inch Blackstone Griddles require assembly some 22-inch griddles do.
How To Season Your Blackstone Griddle:
Now there are a lot of different ways you can do this! I know one common way to do it is with bacon, but bacon is expensive just to use to season a grill. I use straight vegetable oil on my Blackstone and any of my cast iron products. This is mainly to keep them nonstick and always ready to cook condition as well. Now I recommend checking out the Blackstone website but specifically the FAQs-> here there is a lot of great official information that are a good read before jumping in.
Cooking On Your Blackstone Griddle:
Make sure you have a nice clean Blackstone every time before firing up. Treat this like any other cast iron when you are cooking and matinience is a breeze! I always oil if needed and start it at medium heat to warm it up and then cook on low. Low and slow is my favorite way to cook no matter what equipment I am cooking on.
Cleaning Your Blackstone:
Now I am lucky my old lady helps with this part, she says its payment for good food! When she got the 36-inch Blackstone for me she had also gotten this accessory kit (get it ->HERE on Amazon) and the scraper is the go-to cleaning tool! As soon as we pull food off she is right behind me and scraps the griddle down to get any food particles and debris off. Once it has cooled down, typically after we eat, another quick scrape and then we oil again.
*If you have some rust spots use hot water and steel wool to scrub down. Re-oil and cook on, its that easy.
Storing Your Blackstone:
Now, this is where research has saved our but big time in money and upkeep. She ordered a canvas cover from Amazon for ours but also an oil pan to put on top of the griddle before the cover! Now with living in Washington, we have a ton of moisture, so keeping the cover off the griddle top was important. This pan fits right on top and was under $10 as well, Blackstone does make a hardcover that is quite expensive but nice as well. Anytime you are not using your griddle for an extended time make sure it is covered and well oiled as well.
Must Have Black Stone Griddle Accessories:
Now for the fun part all the fun toys you can have! As I said before the Blackstone Accessory kit is a great way to start (you can grab one -> here on Amazon) but you can also buy generics as well!
The spatula and the scraper are my must-haves! If you want to save some bucks look at the related products on each one and there are other brand options as well! I love the squirt bottle for making the fried rice and you could use a plain stainless steel bowl for melting as well to save some money.
Do you cook on the Blackstone? What is your go-to recipe?