How to Season a Griddle

Core Issue:

  • How can I clean sticky or greasy residue off my griddle?
  • What causes a gummy substance on the griddle when doing burn in with oil?
  • How to season a griddle.
  • Burn in process for a griddle
  • What products, oils can be used to season a griddle?
  • What type of oil is recommended to season the griddle?
  • Oily substance on new griddle

Answer:

To prevent food from sticking, season the griddle prior to initial use and after thorough griddle cleaning. This can also be referred to as a burn in process.

  • Avoid using too much oil, it can cause sticking and gummy issues.
  • Wolf recommends vegetable or peanut oil for seasoning because of their high smoke points.
  • See also, Cooking with a Griddle.
  • New units have a coat of mineral oil on the griddle surface to prevent rust and oxidation during shipping and storage. Remove the coating as per above.
  • The manufacturing oil is gray in color, and may show up on a paper towel when wiping it down.

To season a griddle:

  1. Turn on ventilation.
  2. Use hot water and mild detergent to remove the protective coating.
  3. Rinse and dry.
  4. Push and turn control knob counterclockwise to 350°F (175°C) and heat for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, turn to OFF and allow to cool.
  6. While surface is warm, pour a small amount of peanut or vegetable oil on a paper towel and spread evenly.
  7. Push and turn control knob to 350°F (175°C).
  8. Heat until griddle begins to smoke, then turn to OFF and allow to cool.
  9. Once cool, wipe off any excess oil.
  10. After each use, reapply a small amount of peanut or vegetable oil on a paper towel and spread evenly.

Refer to the product use and care guide for further information.

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