If you haven’t bought a griddle for your commercial kitchen yet, it’s definitely something that you should consider. With its versatility and ability to perform during every meal service whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a griddle is a useful tool. There are three different kinds of griddles that you can choose from: steel, chrome and composite. All of them have their own unique features and disadvantages, as well as a specific cleaning process. Today, we’ll go through the differences to ensure that your griddle continues to perform at its best and has a long lifespan. 

Steel Griddle Plate

Both the most common and the most economical choice for starting restaurants, the steel griddle plate is a sturdy and popular choice. However, it emits quite a bit of heat, making the kitchen an uncomfortable place to be sometimes, and it’s appearance becomes less and less attractive over time. The steel griddle plate is also the hardest to clean and can sometimes require special and heavy duty detergent to get back to its original state.

HOW TO CLEAN A STEEL GRIDDLE PLATE:

  1. Let the griddle cool down to 300°F-350°F, then run under room temperature water.
  2. Use a scraper to remove food particles and other debris.
  3. Apply griddle specific detergent to the griddle and scrub with a griddle brick. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly with room temperature water.

Chrome Griddle Plate

The chrome griddle plate is much more aesthetically pleasing compared to the steel griddle plate, making it ideal for restaurants with open kitchens where diners can see the cooking line. Chrome griddle plates also emit the least amount of heat out of all the options, while still being durable and able to withstand high temperatures. However, it is the most expensive option, but depending on your type of restuarant, it may be well worth the splurge.

In terms of cleaning, the chrome griddle plate is fairly simple.

HOW TO CLEAN A CHROME GRIDDLE PLATE:

  1. Let the griddle cool to 300°F-350°F 
  2. Scrape food particles and other debris off the griddle using the specified scraper.
  3. Rinse with room temperature water and scrub with a Palmetto brush to remove any remaining particles.
  4. Add a food safe polish to the griddle one clean and wipe away with a clean, damp cloth to remove any polish.

Composite Griddle Plate

For a griddle that’s a little more eco-friendly, try the composite plate. It’s more expensive than the steel option, but definitely more affordable than the chrome griddle, making it a nice in-between choice. Those who have the composite griddle in their restaurant noted that they had more consistent cook times, saved more on energy costs, and had an easier time with the cleaning of the griddle compared to the previous two options.

HOW TO CLEAN A COMPOSITE GRIDDLE PLATE:

  1. Let the griddle cool down to 300°F-350°F.
  2. Scrape the griddle to remove all food particles and debris.
  3. Use a mild detergent and room temperature water to coat the griddle.
  4. Use a non-abrasive scrubber to gently clean the surface.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with room temperature water.

Always follow the instructions for your specific griddle plate and use the products that the company recommends. Not only will you have an easier time when it comes to cleaning at the end of the day, but it will ensure a long life for your griddle.

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