How to Properly Season Your Halo Griddle

Seasoning your Halo griddle is a crucial step in maintaining its non-stick surface and preventing rust. Follow these steps to ensure your griddle is always in top condition.

Step-by-Step Guide to Seasoning

  1. Wash the Griddle:
    • Begin by cleaning your griddle with warm, soapy water. Use a mild soap to remove any residues from manufacturing and shipping.
    • Rinse the griddle thoroughly with clean water to ensure all soap is removed.
  2. Dry the Griddle:
    • Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the griddle completely. Ensuring the griddle is dry is essential to prevent rust.
  3. Apply a Thin Layer of Oil:
    • Select a high smoke point oil such as vegetable, canola, or my personal favorite, avocado oil. High smoke point oils are crucial as they can withstand the high temperatures needed for seasoning.
    • Apply a thin layer of oil to the griddle’s surface, making sure to cover the entire surface, including the edges.
  4. Heat the Griddle:
    • Turn the heat to medium-high and allow the griddle to heat up for 10-15 minutes. This process lets the oil penetrate the metal and create a non-stick surface.
    • You may notice the griddle smoking, which is normal as the oil reaches its smoke point and begins to bond with the griddle.
  5. Repeat the Process:
    • Once the oil has been absorbed, turn off the heat and let the griddle cool.
    • Apply another thin layer of oil and repeat the heating process. Depending on the griddle’s condition, you might want to repeat this process several times to build a strong non-stick surface.
  6. Wipe Off Excess Oil:
    • After the final heating, use a paper towel or cloth to wipe off any excess oil. Your griddle is now seasoned and ready to use.

Importance of Regular Seasoning

Regular seasoning is key to maintaining your griddle’s non-stick surface and preventing rust. Depending on how often you use your griddle, you may need to re-season it every few months or as recommended by the manufacturer. Regular maintenance will ensure your griddle lasts for years and continues to provide excellent cooking performance.

Choosing the Right Oil

Here’s a quick reference guide on some oils you can use for seasoning your griddle:

  • Vegetable Oil: 428°F smoke point
  • Canola Oil: 400°F smoke point (Refined), 450°F smoke point (Expeller Pressed)
  • Avocado Oil: 520°F smoke point (Refined), 482°F smoke point (Unrefined)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 374°F smoke point

I prefer using avocado oil due to its high smoke point and versatility in cooking. It’s also great for creating a durable non-stick surface.

By following these steps and regularly maintaining your Halo griddle, you’ll enjoy a superior cooking experience with minimal sticking and easy cleanup. Happy griddling!

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