GRIDDLE CARE & SEASONING
Follow these simple cleaning and seasoning steps for optimal performance and long life of your Sear Griddle. We strongly recommend that the unit be covered when left outside for any length of time, especially during the winter months.
WHAT IS SEASONING?
Seasoning is the preparation of steel or cast iron cookware for use. There are two reasons for seasoning:
1. To coat the cookware to prevent rust
2. To create a natural, permanent non-stick cooking surface
Seasoning is an easy, but very important first step when using the Sear Griddle. Unlike synthetically coated griddles, steel and cast iron can be seasoned repeatedly, constantly restoring the cooking surface. When you season your griddle, you are preventing rust and providing the cookware with a natural, permanent non-stick surface.
Remember: Seasoning is an ongoing process that takes time and repeated use before a griddle or pan develops a shiny, black surface like your grandmother’s cast iron cookware. The more often you cook on and season your griddle, the more non-stick the surface will become.
CLEANING THE GRIDDLE
Sear Griddles are pre-seasoned with cooking oil to prevent rust and damage during shipping. For first time use, wash the griddle in hot, soapy water. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME YOU SHOULD USE SOAP ON THE GRIDDLE. Rinse and dry completely with paper towels. Proceed with seasoning instructions.
AFTER EACH USE:
To clean the griddle after each use, scrape gently with a spatula and wipe down the griddle surface with a paper towel. For tough food residue, pour hot water onto the griddle surface and let it boil the residue off. Wipe again with a paper towel and dry completely. ¼ cup of table salt can also be used to buff off stuck on food. Proceed with Seasoning Instructions.
1. Remove all food debris with spatula or scraper.
2. Apply a generous, even coating of cooking oil (olive, vegetable, peanut, etc.) to the griddle surface.
3. Use a paper towel to spread the oil evenly across the cooking surface of the griddle.
4. Allow griddle to cool down and store in a cool, dry place.