Your griddle is probably one of the most high traffic areas in the kitchen, in use for the bulk of every service. Ensuring that it is clean is important for hygiene and the longevity of your machinery. It is important to clean your griddle regularly, or a layer of grease and food debris will start to form a layer that is both unhygienic and interferes with the proper functioning of the griddle. Here’s a quick guide on how to clean your commercial griddle.
Turn Off and Cool
First, you need to switch off the griddle and allow it to cool. Cleaning the griddle while it is hot can result in injury and damage, so remember to allow it to cool completely. Once it is cool to the touch, use a griddle scraper or flat edged metal spatula to scrape any solid food debris off the flat top.
Reheat and Add Water
Once the bulk of debris has been removed, reheat your griddle. Once it is hot, add a small amount of soapy water to the surface. Once the water is hot, place a cleaning cloth onto the surface (being careful not to touch it with your hands). Then, use the scraper to push the cloth around the surface, dislodging any stubborn dirt and grease. Push all the water and debris into the catch tray.
Remove and Clean the Catch Tray
Once the griddle surface is clean and all debris is in the catch tray, carefully remove the catch tray, pouring water down the drain and solids into the bin. Wash the catch tray as you would any other dish, and put it back. The catch tray should be cleaned at least once daily, or whenever it is full.
How easy this process is will depend on the frequency of cleanings. We recommend cleaning the griddle after each use, in order to prevent a build up of food debris, limit contamination from different food types, and ensure a long working life of your commercial griddle.