How to Remove Rust From Your Griddle

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
 

  

To get the absolute best flavor from your FireDisc portable griddle, you need to make sure that you focus on griddle cleaning before and after every use. The powder-coated exterior and ultra-high carbon-steel cooking surface are built to last, but they can rust when not taken care of properly. We want you to love this portable cooking solution for decades. With the right type of griddle maintenance and dedication to caring, that's exactly the sort of longevity you can expect.

Daily Care Tips

First and foremost, your FireDisc was designed specifically for our chemical-free one-minute clean-up process. To clean the grill, simply:

 

  • Brush off excess food and material
  • Wet a cloth or paper towel
  • Wipe the surface clean
  • Use multiple paper towels if necessary
  • Once it is clean, dry it off with a fresh towel
  • Coat it lightly in cooking oil

 

These last two steps are critical to keeping it from rusting. Always store your grill in a clean, dry place. Remember that rust happens when oxygen, water, and iron combine. Your iron griddle is always in contact with oxygen, so the only contact you can prevent is water.

It's simple to care, but that 60 seconds of cleaning extends the life of the griddle tremendously, reduces the amount of griddle maintenance you must do in the future and improves the flavor of every meal you cook. 

Removing Rust

Even with proper griddle care, if you do get any rust, you want to remove the oxidation as soon as possible. Don't let it spread. Minor spots can be removed with ease and the griddle will still work as well as the day it was purchased. Here are the easy steps to follow for griddle rust removal:

 

  • Get a good pair of gloves that are thick and heat-resistant.
  • Run the griddle on high, with water, letting it go for anywhere from 15 minutes to a half an hour.
  • Turn the heat off and use a brush to scrub the rust away. The rust should already be loose from the heat, so it will come off easily at first.
  • Be thorough! Keep scraping until you know you got everything.
  • If you need to, get a smaller brush and use it to really go after those hard-to-get spots.
  • If you still can't get them, turn the heat back on and repeat the process. Often, though, all it takes is some good muscle.
  • Wipe cooker clean.
  • Lightly coat the surface in cooking oil. Make sure you get every inch.
  • If needed, use steel wool to scrub any hard-to-get areas that show up now that they're coated in oil.
  • Wipe off all of the oil, grime, and debris with a paper towel.
  • When you get all of the hard material off, lightly coat the griddle in oil a second time.
  • At the end, when it's clean and beautiful again, coat it one last time with oil to protect it in the future. This helps to prevent rust.
  • Cover the griddle and store it properly in a dry area.

 

Remember, when you catch rust early, it's just a minor surface issue. With a half hour of serious griddle cleaning, you can get your FireDisc griddle back up and running perfectly again! If you always keep it seasoned and oiled, not only will you prevent more rust in the future, but you'll cook in that delicious, authentic flavor.