Griddles/Tawa is a staple of every kitchen, and their flexibility of use makes them an excellent tool for many different styles of cooking. Griddles have a flat metal plate for frying commonly constructed of steel, although you may find aluminum topped griddles. While griddles most often have a smooth surface, some griddles may have a grooved surface on part or the entire surface to achieve that broiled look on hamburger or steaks. Some griddles are further specialized, such as Teppanyaki Griddles, Panini Griddles, Tortilla Griddles, Drop-In or Built-In Griddles, Outdoor Griddles, or Floor models which sit on top of an oven or cabinet base or range. Whether you are cooking for your family or you are a gourmet chef in a busy restaurant you need a good quality griddle. There are many styles and types of griddles on the market today but if you want a heavy-duty griddle that will provide you with years of cooking enjoyment. Here are a few things to consider prior to deciding whether to purchase a good quality griddle.
What to look for when buying a griddle pan: Don't go cheap, that is the most important point to keep in mind. If you buy the cheapest griddle pan you can find, it's not going to last very long. You don't have to purchase the most expensive you can possibly find, just make sure it is made of high quality. Look for a trustworthy brand, especially one that you have used in the past and are very satisfied with, but still don't be afraid to try something new that has excellent reviews that could be even better than what you're used to. Non-stick pots and pans provide for healthier cooking using less oil, and also reduce cleaning time. But improper care can ruin this finish causing foods to stick, make cleaning more difficult and reduce the lifespan of your pans. If you notice that food begins to stick to pan or see visible signs of wear then you should immediately replace or exchange.
How to clean and take care of non-stick griddle: The coating on a non-stick griddle allows you to cook with little or no oil and prevents the food from sticking to the griddle. While the non-stick surface also makes for easier cleanup, you must take clean your griddle carefully and thoroughly. Otherwise, it may accumulate a sticky buildup or scratches that remove the non-stick coating. Use the right techniques and tools to properly clean a non-stick griddle.
Tips & Tricks Advice
1. Always wait until your griddle is cool before you clean it, or if you need immediately to wash hot griddle for cooking so make sure to wash with lukewarm water.
2. Don't heat the pan empty. Always put oil or butter in it first, or make sure it has food in it.
3. Never use abrasive cleansers or steel wool pads to clean a non-stick griddle, as these will scratch and damage the non-stick surface so, make sure always use nonstick scrub sponge for nonstick pans.
4. Avoid cleaning a non-stick griddle in your dishwasher, as doing so may cause detergent buildup. Hand wash for best results.
5. Most nonstick cookware is made for low and medium heat cooking. Too high a heat can wear down or blister the finish, as well as cause pans to warp. To maintain your pan and increase its lifespan, follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding cooking heat.
6. Never use metal utensils. Use nonstick, silicone, wooden, or plastic utensils.
7. Don't stack pots and pans on top of your nonstick pan.
Cleaning Tips and Advice on Burnt Food on Griddle
1. To easily remove burnt on food from your griddle/tawa, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough lukewarm water to cover bottom of griddle then leave it for half an hour. That will be much easier to clean now. Dry griddle, and then apply little bit oil or ghee on the surface of griddle with the help of cotton, tissue or kitchen towel.
2. One more tip for clean burned food from non-stick pots or pans, wet the burn, sprinkle with salt and leave for 10 minutes. Scrub lightly with scotch bright OR cover the burned area with a paste of bicarbonate of soda leave it for 15-20 minutes then scrub (Be aware, however, that bicarbonate and other alkaline substances will etch the surface of non-stick pan if they are left on for more than an hour.)
3. To remove hard or sticky& rusty stains on non-stick griddles or any pot, mix two tablespoons baking powder, One and a half cups chlorine bleach and a cup of water. Put the Mixture in the stained griddle and let it boil for about 10 minutes (don't allow the mixture to boil over or it might leave spots on the exterior finish of the pot) .Wash with soap and lukewarm water. Dry, and then rub a little vegetable oil on the surface.
Whether you invest in a high-quality set of cookware, you can greatly extend the lifespan of your nonstick cookware with careful use, meticulous cleaning, and mindful storage.