Seasoning locks in incredible flavors to your meals and is also a crucial step to keeping your FIREDISC® in peak condition to serve up delicious culinary delights for years to come. Seasoning also has the added benefit of preventing food from sticking to the grill’s surface.
Below, we’ll take a look at a quick and easy five-step process to season your new flat top cooker, or re-season it after repeated uses. You can also apply these steps after resurfacing a griddle.
THE QUICK AND EASY FIVE-STEP SEASONING PROCESS
Fortunately, even amateur backyard chefs and first-time grillers can use our five-step process below for seasoning or re-seasoning a flat top griddle. Let’s begin by gathering a few essentials including:
- A pair of heat-resistant gloves suitable for grilling
- Cooking oil of your choice
- A bucket of warm water
- Mild dish soap
- Paper towels
STEP 1: START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
Our fast, straightforward seasoning guide kicks off with an essential first step, griddle cleaning. Even if you just broke out your FIREDISC® for the first time, it is important to begin the seasoning process by cleaning the cooking surface. Each time you unveil your FIREDISC® cooker to feed hungry friends and family members, you’ll need to ensure the surface is clean. Griddle cleaning is also an essential step to help keep it well-maintained and crafting incredible meals for years.
One word of caution, if your FIREDISC® is brand new out of the box, you can wipe the surface down with some warm water containing some mild dish soap. This soapy water helps remove the protective coating applied before shipping. If this isn’t your first FIREDISC® rodeo, simply wipe the surface clean using warm water only.
STEP 2: HEAT UP YOUR COOKING SURFACE
Next, it’s time to turn up the heat! Fire up your FIREDISC® and allow the cooking surface to heat up near a maximum temperature for around 20 minutes.
STEP 3: SEASON TO PERFECTION BY ADDING YOUR FAVORITE COOKING OIL
Now you’re ready to lock in some savory flavors to help craft mouth-watering delights on your FIREDISC®. Begin by allowing the cooking surface to cool down. Once it is warm, liberally apply the cooking oil of your choice across the entire cooking surface with a paper towel and your gloved hand. Consider some of the following popular cooking oil choices:
- Peanut oil
- Vegetable oil or shortening
- Olive oil
- Canola oil
- Coconut oil
STEP 4: MORE HEAT, THEN REPEAT!
Next, turn the heat up again until the grill begins to smoke. You’ll then repeat step three by allowing the FIREDISC® to cool again as you add additional layers of seasoning. Once you’ve gone through the process about two or three times, it is time to move on to the next step, the cool down.
STEP 5: THE COOL DOWN PERIOD
At this stage, you can turn off the heat and sit back with a cold beverage as your FIREDISC® cools down completely. When it is cool to the touch, wipe off any excess oil left on the cooking surface before you cover it up. You’re ready to craft a mouth-watering feast for your guests during the next backyard barbeque or outdoor cooking adventure.
BONUS ROUNDS: RE-SEASONING
Experienced FIREDISC® owners know that the cooking surface adds deep and rich flavors the more you use it. To keep your grill in peak condition and continually turning out delicious meals, it pays to repeat the seasoning process often. Seasoning has the added benefit of prolonging the cooking surface’s life, is an essential step in long-term care and is also critical after resurfacing a griddle.