Get More From Your Griddle
Work smarter, not harder, and save money with these energy-smart solutions.
Place your griddle away from drafts. To avoid cold spots and sudden heat loss, place your griddle away from doorways and cross currents of air. Also, make sure your ventilation system is in top shape to handle any heat emissions from the griddle.
Monitor your griddle thermostat. Work at peak efficiency by monitoring your griddle’s temperature and recalibrating your thermostat as needed.
Use your griddle instead of your broiler. Thermostatically-controlled griddles use less energy than charbroilers, so use your griddle when you can. Some griddles have a grooved surface to create grill marks on food, but these can slow down cooking and raise energy costs.
Lower the heat or turn off any sections not in use. If your griddle has multiple sections, turn off those that are not in use.
Reduce standby time. Time spent idling is energy and money wasted. Whenever possible, turn the griddle completely off between rushes. Turning it off for three extra hours a day saves $250 a year. A little down time goes a long way.
Preheat only as long as necessary. See the manufacturer’s instructions for precise preheating instructions. Avoid leaving your griddle on for longer than you need to.
Use thawed food when you can. Putting frozen food product on your griddle consumes more energy than thawed food. Make sure you plan ahead so that you do not overwork your griddle.
Clean Griddles are Green Griddles
To keep your equipment performing efficiently and with the least amount of energy, establish a regular maintenance plan with these maitain and save tips.
Clean your griddle plate daily. Clean your griddle daily and season it with oil when appropriate to keep it performing at its best. Clean carbon-steel plates with a grill brick or abrasive pad. Scrub stainless-steel plates with water. Never clean chrome-plated griddles with abrasives; follow the manufacturer’s care instructions.
Check for worn components. Check for loose connections, grease-blocked flues, hot spots, malfunctioning gas valves, rust or a cracked plate. All of these will make your griddle less efficient.
Keep the burners clean. If you have a gas griddle, keep the burners clean by removing any charred or burned-on pieces. If your griddle consistently has to heat through blackened leftovers, it will work harder than it needs to and expend excess energy.
Grab a Green Griddle
Saving energy dollars begins with choosing the right equipment. Learn which energy-smart features can save you the most money and help you to conserve electricity or gas with these shop smart & save energy dollars tips.
Gas & Electric Griddles
- Consider a steam griddle. Steam griddles have a high-pressure steam reservoir which helps deliver an even distribution of heat as well as instantaneous heat recovery, making them extremely energy-efficient. These steam griddles are also LEED compliant, great for those looking to earn points toward a green certification.
- Go for thermostatic controls. For energy efficiency, a thermostatically-controlled griddle will give you more savings than a manual type. If you can afford it, upgrade to a solid state thermostat. It will keep your griddle temperature accurate within a 2-5ºF range.
- Carefully choose your griddle plate. A chrome-plated surface offers good heat retention, but it is pricey and not for everyone. You can use steel tools on it, but if you use it as a cutting board, you can cause irreparable damage. Also, abrasive cleaning products will ruin it. Your other plate options are to go with low-carbon steel, nickel steel or stainless steel.
- Try an optional lid. A lid on your griddle could potentially improve performance while cooking and reduce energy use while idle by preventing heat from escaping as quickly.
- Buy infrared gas burners. Infrared burners are an energy-smart choice because they have a short recovery time.
- Plan on one thermostat for every burner. Multiple thermostats will give you enough sensors for good heat control.
- Determine how many BTUs you need. Having more will not allow you to cook your food any faster, but if you require a quick recovery time, having more BTUs can be useful.
- Consider pulse ignition. This feature has yet to gain popularity, but it is replacing standing pilot lights because it helps reduce gas consumption.
- Select an electric model. When you have the choice, go with electric griddles for greater energy-efficiency. Because their elements are designed so near to the griddle plate, and they have no flue losses, they save more energy than gas models.
- Choose an induction griddle. Based on magnetic energy, this technology features almost instant recovery and has great heat distribution. There is little migration of heat into the kitchen at large, another benefit.
- Go with an insulated model. Insulation along the griddle bottom could reduce standby losses by up to 25%.