Blackstone Griddle Flaking
If you’ve noticed that your Blackstone Griddle has started flaking, take it as a sign that your griddle is in need of some maintenance.
Blackstone Griddles can flake if the seasoning layer hasn’t been properly preserved. To resurface your griddle, you can scrape off the old seasoning layer and apply a new one. Griddle flaking can be a common thing if you don’t take the preventative steps necessary to maintain the seasoning layer.
In this article, we’ll take a look at why griddles flake, how to resurface a flaking griddle, and how to prevent griddle flaking in the first place.
Why is my griddle flaking?
A Blackstone Griddle can start to flake if the seasoning layer has not been properly maintained.
If your griddle starts to flake, it is very unlikely that your actual griddle surface is flaking. Instead, it is the seasoning layer that has started to dry up and flake off.
Blackstone Griddles are made with durable cold-rolled steel, and new Blackstones come prepared with an initial seasoning layer of standard cooking oil. However, it is best practice to thoroughly season a new griddle yourself before using it to prepare food.
Seasoning your griddle is an essential aspect of owning a griddle, and it doesn’t mean to season it like you would season food. When it comes to griddles, “seasoning” means to coat your griddle in a standard cooking oil to create a non-stick cooking surface.
Griddle owners should thoroughly season a new griddle before its first use and should add a light coating of oil after each use to preserve the seasoning layer. If you didn’t season your griddle at the start, or if you haven’t been adding additional oil after each use, chances are that your seasoning layer is drying up and cracking off.
How do you resurface a Blackstone Griddle?
If your griddle surface is flaking, you can take a few steps to resurface the griddle. First, you’ll need to scrape the old seasoning layer off entirely. Then, you’ll lightly wipe your griddle down with paper towels and some water before adding a new seasoning layer.
To scrape the old seasoning layer off, you’ll need a few different tools. Start with a metal scraper and remove any large and easy-to-remove flakes. Then, apply oil and use a griddle stone to scrub off the remaining seasoning layer.
Once the old seasoning layer has been removed, use the metal scraper to scrape the dirty oil into the grease cup. Wipe the griddle surface down with clean paper towels. If you’d like to add a little water, do that while you wipe the griddle down with paper towels.
Next, you’ll reseason your griddle. Crank up the griddle heat to get the surface nice and hot. This will open the tiny pores of the griddle surface. After a few minutes, turn the heat off and add a small amount of new oil. Use gloves and tongs to spread the oil evenly across the griddle surface with a wad of paper towel.
Spread the oil thinly and on all sides of the griddle, including the corners, walls, and edges. Then, turn the heat back on to let the oil smoke. Once the oil has been smoked off, you may want to repeat this process 2-3 more times.
Once you are satisfied and the griddle has cooled down a bit, apply one last thing layer of oil and spread it evenly. Your griddle will be fully resurfaced and reseasoned.
How to prevent a Blackstone Griddle from flaking?
There are some key steps you can take to prevent your Blackstone Griddle from flaking. Be sure to regularly season your griddle, use quality oil, and avoid washing your griddle with soap and water.
After you buy a new Blackstone Griddle, you should give it an initial wash down to remove any germs or debris from packaging and shipping. Then, you need to season your griddle well, with multiple coats, before using it. After each use, be sure to add a light layer of oil to preserve the seasoning layer.
Use a quality cooking oil to season your griddle, and avoid animal-based fats that are high in sodium, like bacon. Grape seed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil are some good alternatives. These oils will go a long way in keeping your griddle well-seasoned.
Lastly, you should avoid using soap and water to wash your griddle. After each use, your griddle can be cleaned with a metal scraper, with additional oil, and with paper towels. If your griddle is especially sticky, you can use a little water to aid in the cleaning process, but avoid soap.
Is a Blackstone Griddle flaking normal?
Blackstone Griddles will flake if the user hasn’t seasoned the griddle properly. In this sense, it is normal for flaking to occur. However, if you learn the art of seasoning your griddle, flaking should be a thing of the past.
You don’t need to deal with a flaking griddle when you can take preventative steps to avoid it. Complete a thorough initial seasoning and add a thin layer of oil after each use.
If you’re still having flaking issues, it could be that you’re leaving too much excess oil on the griddle. You want to maintain a thin oil coating for best results.
Griddle flaking can happen, especially if you’re new to the art of seasoning a griddle. Once you learn how to season your griddle and clean your griddle properly, your griddle will thank you for it. You’ll find little to no flaking with a well-maintained griddle.