Let’s learn how to reseason the Blackstone Griddle! It doesn’t really matter how you’ve got here. Whether it was accidental, neglect, or simply time for it anyway, or somewhere in between, there will come a time in every Blackstone Griddle’s life where it will need to be re-seasoned.
You’ll know it by a quick glance at your once-perfect griddle top. No longer will it be shiny and working effectively. Instead, it will be rusty, flaky, sticky, or peeling, and it won’t be a pleasant griddle to cook on. But don’t worry, you can absolutely re-season your griddle, you just need to know-how.
Tools Needed To Reseason A Blackstone Griddle
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure you have the right tools for the job. Getting rid of any rust or old oil isn’t going to be a straightforward job, and you’ll need far more than your good intentions and elbow grease (although you’ll need a bucket load of elbow grease too, but more on that later).
The one thing you will absolutely require is a griddle scraper. If you didn’t pick one up at the time of purchasing your griddle, then you can always pick one up for a little over $10, and Blackstone actually sells them too if you want to stick with the same supplier.
One thing you’ll need to make sure of before purchasing any griddle scraper is that it is durable. Look for something rust-resistant, stainless steel, and with a heavy-duty handle that is resistant to heat.
Trust us, you’ll need it. The last thing you want is a flimsy scraper that is liable to snap as you’re cleaning, because you will be working the scraper hard.
Heat Resistant Gloves (optional)
Another equally important thing you’ll need is a pair of thick, heat-resistant gloves. This step shouldn’t be missed out for your own safety! However, in my own stubbornness, I generally never use them. Instead, you can just use the scraper or tongs to keep your hands at a distance.
The next thing that will come in handy is a chain-mail scratchpad. This will come in handy for the more stubborn areas, and if your griddle is especially bad, then the scratchpad is a must too.
It will just help loosen that old oil and rust up easier, which will just make the whole task a lot simpler for you in the long run.
Dish SoapFinally, some good ole’ fashioned dish soap. Now, we know, we always tell you to keep the dish soap away from your griddle because it will probably lead to rust or damage of some kind, but on this occasion, you can use it.
You’re essentially trying to strip your griddle right back before you season it again as if it were the first time, so if dish soap helps you remove all the old rust and dirt, then use it. And then keep it far away from your griddle after that!
How To Reseason Your Blackstone Griddle
The first thing you’ll want to do is reach for the griddle scraper. Before you turn the heat on the griddle, just grab your scraper and scrape it as vigorously as you can, for as long as you can.
Seriously. Just keep going until you can’t anymore because it’s the only way you’ll guarantee to get the worst of the old oil, food, and rust before you move on to the next step. But keep that scraper handy for later, because you’re not finished yet.
Next, you’ll want to turn the heat up, and you’ll want to turn it up pretty high. Leave it on a high heat for around 10 or 15 minutes. This will help the more stubborn dirt and grime loosen up a little.
Once you’ve left it for a while, turn it down to a medium heat, put on your heat-resistant gloves, and grab your scraper again. It’s time to get back to work.
You’ll have to scrape again, and it probably won’t be much easier than before. Keep scraping until you’ve had enough, and then try to go a little more. We said you’d need bucket loads of elbow grease, right?
After you’ve really had enough, get your chain-mail scratchpad and turn the heat off. Now you’ll have to work on the really stubborn parts, and it won’t be easy to move. This is where you can get your dish soap out too.
You’ll probably find that the dish soap and a little water will help lift the dirt and grease more easily than just the scratchpad alone. Again, just keep going until your griddle is looking better.
One key way to know when you’re done is to use a little oil on some paper towels and wipe away the grime that you’ve been scraping off. You’ll probably go through an entire roll of paper towels this way, but it’s worth it.
You’ll know when you’re hard work has ended when your paper towels are coming away clean. You should also see that it is visibly better than before, and some of the griddle’s sparkle ought to be back. If it isn’t, then you’ll probably have to head right back to step one and start the process again.
New Layer To Fully Season Your Blackstone Griddle
If your Blackstone griddle is looking better though, then all you need to do now is season it. We can give you a brief breakdown of the steps involved now, but we imagine you’re already familiar because you will have likely seasoned your griddle after bringing it home for the first time.
The first step is to turn the heat all the way up. Once the griddle is nice and hot, put on your heat-resistant gloves again, apply some oil sparingly to some paper towels, and make sure you cover the whole griddle top in a thin layer of oil.
Then just leave it. If the oil smokes, leave it. This is all part of seasoning your griddle. Leave it on a high heat until the oil stops smoking (your griddle should also be looking shinier than before too) and then turn it off and allow it to cool.
Most experts would recommend repeating that step four times in total. You might be thinking that surely the once is enough, but believe us, if you want your griddle to stay looking and working great for longer, then you will need to do it at least three more times.
If you’re tempted to just leave it after only doing it once, then just remember how much your arms are aching after all that scraping – then you’ll probably change your mind! Once that’s done, you’re done. Now sit back and enjoy your re-seasoned Blackstone griddle. We think after all that, you’ve earned it!