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 :eek:  I am new to cooking on a griddle.   By the time I come into work our first cook has used it.  By the end of our lunch service I cannot scrape off what has stuck to it.  And it continues to get burnt onto the griddle.  At the end of the night we spray it with commercial grill cleaner.  And what that doesn't get off - we then are told to pour lemon juice over it.  It does work, but is this the correct way to handle nightly maintenance on a griddle?  The fumes of the grill cleaner I have been told to use takes my breath away.  It smells just like oven cleaner.

 

Does the griddle need to be 'seasoned' every morning with oil in order to prevent this from happening?  How can I scrape the griddle clean while we are still open when it's slow?  (we stay open all day)  And what's the proper way to clean it at closing?

 

I come back at the dinner hour and work the friers.  It's beyond me how our night time cook can cook anything on this griddle as it's so bad by the time we work the dinner service.

 

Any suggestions to help a girl out? 

 

Sandy

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post #2 of 7
Ask for a grill brick or pads and screens to clean it in the afternoon. Even if you cook eggs on it you should be able to use pads & screens.
post #3 of 7
Seasoning it can help, but usually that just burns on, too, giving you more stuff to clean off later; since you guys use grill cleaner on it it might make a difference.
post #4 of 7
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Hmmm, a grill brick and pads?  We have this real sharp scraper I was using.  And they took it away and told me I can no longer use it.  They said it's ruining the surface.

 

Thanks for your feedback!!

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post #5 of 7
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Well, the grill cleaner (at closing) cleans 95% of it up.  But it doesn't help the issue during the day.  Thanks again!

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post #6 of 7
Pads & screens will be perfect because they won't mark the surface at all. You can buy handles for them or just press them down with a folded towel. You can put a little oil or not, & just rub everything off, then clean the mess off with a bench scraper & wipe it off with a towel.
post #7 of 7
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All we are given is a metal scraper that you see cooks on tv pick up veggies with after slicing and dicing. That's what I scrape our griddle off with throughout the day.  UGH!

Grill bricks?  Pads?  And screens?  I just googled them and I can see what y'all are talking about.  Gee, thanks a bunch everyone!!!

Is there a better nontoxic way of cleaning the griddle at the end of the day instead of this toxic grill cleaner?

 

Sandy

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