So, you know its time to clean your griddle, but you aren’t quite sure how to season a Blue Rhino griddle.
I know lately I’ve been putting together content about how to clean different griddles, and while a lot of them are similar, there are some things that different manufacturers recommend for their different griddles.
Because of this, I think it’s so important to write different articles about them so you get advice that is tailored to you and your specific model. And today, it’s Blue Rhino’s turn.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about how to clean a Blue Rhino griddle, then you’ve come to the right place.
Today I’ll teach you everything you need to know about cleaning your Blue Rhino griddle – everything from daily use to deep cleans, and in a break from tradition I’m going to start with my deep clean advice first.
This way, you can get your griddle looking the way it should, before I then give you tips on how to keep it looking that way. So let’s get into it.
How To Deep Clean A Blue Rhino Griddle
Let’s start with deep cleaning your Blue Rhino grill. If you’ve had it for a while, then the chances are you’ll need to give it a thorough deep clean when you take it out of storage for grilling season again.
Cleaning is not to be confused with seasoning, if your looking for that, you can find our guide to How To Season a Blue Rhino Griddle.
By doing a deep clean like the one I’ll talk about below, you’ll be able to re-season your griddle, and get it ready for a summer of griddling and delicious food.
So, if you want to take your old Blue Rhino griddle back to the way it looked when you first unboxed it, then here’s the deep cleaning guide you’ve been looking for:
- Preheat the griddle to a high heat and leave it for around 10-15 minutes – this will loosen the old debris
- Then turn to a lower heat, so it’s still warm but not too hot to go near
- Use a metal spatula to scrape any of the old debris off the griddle’s surface
- Use a griddle brick and some water to start working the old seasoning off
- Add more water as needed, but only a little at a time, and wait until the first lot of water disappears before adding any more to the griddle to prevent warping
- After the griddle brick has been used, you can use a lighter, more flexible scrubber to work the corners and sides of the griddle more effectively
- Use a clean, lint-free towel to remove the water and excess dirt, or paper towels work just as well
- Add some vegetable or olive oil to season (other oils work just fine too – and everyone in the griddling community has their own idea about which is best)
- Use a second clean towel or more paper towels to spread the oil around evenly
- Turn the heat up high
- Wait until the oil has burned off (after it has stopped smoking) and then repeat the process 3 more times, so 4 in total
This deep clean is perfect to do at the start of any grilling season, so you can get your Blue Rhino griddle scrubbed up, re-seasoned, and completely clean for the months of cooking ahead.
It’s also the perfect way to prepare your griddle, because a fresh seasoning will make the griddle’s surface non-stick, meaning you won’t have to spend hours cleaning the griddle after every use.
If you’ve just bought a Blue Rhino griddle from new, then you can skip the steps above about actually cleaning the griddle and removing old debris and seasoning, and just jump right to the tips about using oil to season your griddle.
Even new, your Blue Rhino will need to be seasoned by you at home, as this is the best way to guarantee a seasoning that will work and keep the griddle looking and performing great throughout the grilling season ahead.
So now your griddle is deep cleaned, re-seasoned (or seasoned for the first time), and ready to cook on, but how do you keep it looking so great?
Well, the trick is cleaning and seasoning after every use, but I’ll talk more about that in the section below.
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How To Clean A Blue Rhino Griddle After Each Use
OK, so you’ve just cooked on your griddle for the first time after deep cleaning it and re-seasoning it to perfection, now what?
Well, by following just a few simple steps after each use, you’ll be able to keep it looking great throughout the whole grilling season. And here’s what to do:
- Turn off the griddle after use, and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes
- The surface should be warm to help remove stubborn food or hardened grease, but not hot
- Take a metal spatula/scraper and gently remove any debris or grease, and encourage it into the drip tray at the front or rear of your model
- Pour just a little warm water on to the surface
- Use paper towels to help wipe down any excess grease, food, or debris, and encourage it into the drip tray again
- Make sure the surface is fully dry
- Then add a little more of your chosen cooking oil, and spread it with paper towels
- Make sure there is a nice light coating all over the griddle, including the corners and sides
- The oil will now act as a protective layer until you use it again, and it’ll also re-season when you cook on your griddle
- Next, take your drip tray out of the griddle, and wash it in hot soapy water
- The drip tray is the only part of the griddle that needs soap to keep it clean, as soap can break down seasoning on a griddle’s surface, which you want to avoid to keep the surface non-stick, and looking and performing at its best
These simple tricks will take a short amount of time, but will mean that the deep clean I talked about above will only really be necessary once a year at the start of grilling season.
The deep clean method can also be used if you neglect the cleaning tasks outlined above after each use.
It will rescue you in a pinch, but really the steps above are so simple to do that there’s really no reason why you can’t look after your Blue Rhino flat top grill with a quick clean after using it.
Remember, a griddle is a big investment, so treat it well with a little cleaning, and you’ll have a griddle you can rely on for many more years to come.