All About Griddles - What You Need to Know

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A griddle is a great piece of cooking equipment to have in the kitchen. It is a flat cooking service with a heat source underneath. Griddles are ideal when cooking for a crowd as they have a large surface area. There are no sides which makes it easier to flip food, and the open space does not trap any moisture! There are many other facts about griddle cooking on this blackstone griddle cooking guide, but let's have a look at what you can actually cook on a griddle!

How To Cook on a Griddle
All griddle pans need to be pre seasoned before you start griddling your food on them; this means adding a thick layer of oil to the pan and gently heating it up; this prevents your food from sticking and burning.

Foods to Make on a Griddle

You could make breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a griddle if you wanted to!

Pancakes - start the day with amazing pancakes, mix up your pancake batter and then start up the griddle. You can even set purpose-built pancake molds if you are worried about the batter going everywhere.

Eggs - Hot griddles are great for cooking eggs. It's as simple as cracking your eggs onto the pan and watching them fry in the oil; you can mix up an omelet too, but scrambled eggs do not work so well. Hash Browns and sausages can also go with your eggs at breakfast time!

Grilled Cheese - If you are after a light lunch or a brunch, you can use griddles for cooking the perfect grilled cheese. Slap some cheese between some bread and Bob's your uncle! Let it melt on the griddle.

Burgers - this is the obvious griddle food! Griddles are basically an indoor barbecue, and being able to griddle burgers is a great way to get all the flavor you can out of your burger party and your cooking surface.

Chicken - Chicken is perfect for cooking on a griddle. You just need to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through and that there aren't any pink bits. It is best to cook it at a lower temperature if possible. When it comes to chicken legs or thighs, wrap them in tinfoil; that way, you can prepare them with a delicious marinade to get that delicious BBQ flavor in your kitchen.

Griddle Tips
The benefit of cooking with a griddle is the large, smooth surface it provides. But having this large surface also means you need to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, use a proper amount of oil, butter, or non-stick cooking spray to ensure your food does not stick to the griddle.

Like any other cooking tool, to keep it in good working condition and extend its life, you need to clean the griddle after every use. When you are finished cooking, scrape off all the food residue and cooked bits from your griddle. Wear protective gloves as the griddle will still be hot, wipe the griddle clean with a damp rag and finally, add a thin coat of cooking oil and wipe it down with a rag, and safely store it, so it is ready for you next time.

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