After removing the Flat Top from the packaging, place on top of the heating elements of your stove. Use a bubble level or a small amount of food oil in the middle of the Flat Top to make sure your stove is flat and level. Most stoves will have been leveled when they were first installed, but make adjust-ments to the leveling feet if necessary. This will make sure that oil and grease will not pool anywhere on the Flatt top or encourage it to run off the front. If the oil spreads out evenly in the middle of the Flat Top and does not run off in one direction, you’re ready to go!
Wash the top surface with hot water and a nylon dish scrubber -- dish soap isn’t necessary. You may notice a gray film wash off the first few times you clean your Flat Top. This is just excess oil being removed from shipping.
Dry immediately with a rag or cloth. Turn your stove burners to medium low heat and allow the Flat Top to come to temperature. Holding a paper towel with tongs to keep from getting burned, apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to the entire cooking surface. Keep it heated for 10-15 minutes before allowing to cool completely.
Install drip tray beneath drainage holes at front of Flat Top.
The Flat Top is made from thick 3/16” steel and is extremely durable. However, ALL metal will expand when heated, and if it’s heated unevenly you can cause it to distort temporarily. How can
you do this? Turning on just one burner to high heat can make one section of the Flat Top super hot. The heat will make the steel expand and push against the surrounding cool metal. This is where the warping comes from. If all of the burners are on and the entire Flat Top warms up uniformly it will not distort at all. The good news is that ones it cools it will return to shape, no harm done. We’d recommend that if you need just a single burner to cook a small meal on that you use a small pan instead of the Flat Top, or you can just turn all of the burners on to warm the entire Flat Top.
Get right to it: Clean the Flat Top immediately after use, while it is still hot or warm. Don’t soak the Flat Top or leave it in the sink because it may rust.
Add hot water: Wash the skillet by hand using hot water and a sponge or stiff brush. (Use tongs or wear gloves if the water is extra hot!) Avoid using the dishwasher, soap, or steel wool, as these may strip the Flat Top seasoning.
Scrub off stuck-on bits: To remove stuck-on food, scrub the pan with a paste of Steelmade Flat Top Scrub, then rinse or wipe with a paper towel.
Dry the Flat Top: Thoroughly towel dry the Flat Top or dry it on the stove over low heat.
Oil it: Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a light coat of Steelmade Flat Top Oil or suitable alternative to the entire top surface of the Flat Top. This process is usually easier when the Flat Top is warm. Some people also like to oil the outside of the Flat Top on occasion. Buff to remove any excess.
Put it away: Store the Flat Top in a cool, dry place.
Your Flat Top is made from carbon steel and shares many characteristics with traditional cast iron cookware. Like cast iron, your Flat Top does not emerge from the box with a nonstick surface. That comes with seasoning, or coating the skillet with cooking oil and heating it. Seasoning is simply oil baked onto the steel that prevents rust and provides a natural, easy-release finish that continues to improve with use. The Flat Top won’t take on that shiny black patina immediately, but with time and use your Flat Top Griddle will continue to darken as it seasons.
Occasionally when your seasoning works a little too hard with acidic foods or really high heat, you may notice some dark residue on your towel when cleaning. This is perfectly safe and normal, and will go away with regular use and care.
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