Storing your Blackstone Griddle is a breeze. As long as you keep it clean and away from moisture, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. You even have different storage options, depending on how often you use it.
In this article, I’m going to talk about how to properly store your Blackstone Griddle and the different choices you have for doing so. Being mindful goes a long way, as even the smallest measures could extend the lifetime of your griddle.
Clean Your Blackstone Griddle After Use
After I use my barbeque, I usually just scrub off the residue with a scrub brush, close the lid, and call it a day. But you can’t really do that with a Blackstone Griddle. You want to make sure that it’s spotless before you put it away. Here’s how to do it:
- Pour water on hard-to-clean areas while the griddle is cooling down.
- Be sure that the griddle is not hot before you start cleaning it.
- Scrape the residue off with a spatula or another similar tool.
- Wipe it down with a wet paper towel.
- Dab it dry with a washcloth.
- Blackstone recommends coating the griddle’s surface with a coat of oil after cleaning. This helps the griddle maintain its non-stick surface.
Do not forgo cleaning your griddle after using it. Doing so not only causes germ buildup, but it could also eventually eat away at the griddle’s surface.
Cover Your Blackstone Griddle
Before getting into the specifics of storing your griddle, I highly recommend getting the Blackstone Griddle polyester cover. Your number one goal when storing your device is to keep it from getting wet, and this cover does a great job of doing that. It keeps your griddle away from direct sunlight, as well as unexpected rain showers.
Note: Before getting a cover, ensure that it lines up with what type of griddle you have; these covers are not one-size-fits-all.
Store Your Blackstone Griddle in a Cool, Dry Place
I can’t recommend getting the Blackstone Griddle cover enough, but if you’re looking to cut costs, you don’t necessarily need it.
However, by forgoing it, you’ll need to be super mindful of water getting on the griddle. In a nutshell, water + steel = rust. While you can get mild rust off your griddle’s surface, you don’t want to risk permanent damage.
Here are some ways to avoid getting your griddle wet:
- Store it in a cool, dry place. You can actually remove the legs from the griddle so that you just have the top. This could make it easier to store in your garage or even your kitchen.
- Periodically wipe down the griddle. Even if your grill is covered or in the garage, condensation can build up on the surface and create rust. So, if you don’t use your grill often, check on it periodically and wipe it down. You can do this with a paper towel, and it takes seconds.
- Store it away from water. You’ll want to store your griddle in a dry environment. When assessing a good storage spot, make sure that it’s away from sprinklers, swimming pools, or water-heavy areas in general.
Don’t Pile Stuff on Top of Your Blackstone Griddle
If you store Blackstone Griddle in the garage, it’s easy to just start piling stuff on top of it. This is something that you want to avoid because doing so could damage the surface. Be sure to make a special spot just for storing your griddle. It should not double as a table or shelf for your things when it’s not in use.
By piling items onto the surface, you:
- Risk cracking the griddle’s surface, which could cause uneven heating
- Cause aesthetic damage
- Damage the griddle’s components
If you have things like spatulas, condiments, and other griddle-related items, you should consider getting a stainless griddle caddy. This is perfect for storing your stuff and is great for organizing.
You have a lot of options when it comes to storing your Blackstone Griddle. By keeping it covered in a dry place away from moisture, you can keep your griddle up and running for years.