Many restaurants have discovered the numerous benefits of a commercial griddle only to be surprised by customer compliments of tasty food that comes from the kitchen. A griddle is a grill usually made from cast iron or stainless steel. It has a uniform heat source that delivers constant heat for prolonged periods of time. During this controlled heating, browning occurs and a range of complex flavors and aromas are released from foods via a cooking effect is known as the Maillard reaction. This is particularly evident in meats but also occurs in breads, roasted coffee, biscuits and onions.
Experienced chefs take pride in the flavor of food that comes from their griddle and take care on how they season it. Most commonly, a combination of salts and oil are used to maintain the cooking characteristics of the griddle cooking surface. Cleaning the griddle involves heating and scraping so that the seasoned characteristics are maintained. A commercial griddle typically is a wide grilling surface with multiple heating elements. Each element is individually controlled. Both electricity and propane are used to heat the cooking surface although it is claimed propane delivers a more even heat.
As the cooking surface is made of cast iron or stainless steel, it tends to retain heat, and quickly reheats when required. As the thickness of the steel increases, this characteristic is more pronounced. The cooking surface may be very wide so the use of individual heating elements allows zones of different cooking temperatures. Griddles are available in floor models and counter-top variations. Some are even designed to be placed directly over existing stoves. Where floor models are used, stainless steel is popular as it can make cleaning easier. Cleaning of grease from around the sides of the griddle is a safety procedure to minimise the chance of excess grease igniting.
A well designed grease trap makes oil drainage simple and quick, with some griddles having grooves built into the cooking surface to assist with oil drainage and with a benefit of cooking food to give a grilled appearance. Further resources and more information about different models can be found at Commercial Griddles. Check the latest hourly updated prices and nation-wide availability of the different brands and models at Used Commercial Griddle.