Seasoning with bacon fat. Bacon has many additives like phosphates and salt that interfere with creating a strong seasoning.
Cooking excessively salty foods or cleaning the griddle with salt. Salt dries up your seasoning, causing it to chip and crack.
Not heating the griddle long enough when seasoning. Before putting on a new coat of oil, you need to allow the griddle to completely smoke off, which should take around half an hour.
Using too much oil for your initial seasoning layer. This can create a thick brownish layer on your griddle top and could lead to future flaking and chipping.
Using soap to clean the griddle top. Soap is a degreaser and breaks down your seasoning
Sometimes the seasoning on your griddle top can peel a little. This is usually caused by the seasoning drying up and peeling off, or by using too much water when cleaning your griddle. To be able to fix this, you simply need to scrape off the old seasoning and re-season your griddle top.
To remove the old seasoning, use a metal-edge scraper to scrape off the large bits, and then use oil and griddle stone, steel wool, or even sandpaper to scrub off the old seasoning (similar to our rust removal process). Then scrape off the oil and wipe down the griddle with clean paper towels, finishing with a little water with the paper towels before you re-season the surface.
Here’s a helpful video on how to restore a damaged griddle top—whether that damage be rust or peeling seasoning. It also goes over basic maintenance to help protect your seasoning in the future.
To remove your old seasoning and resurface your griddle top, I recommend purchasing our Griddle Refurbishment Kit or 8 Piece Cleaning Kit (available through Walmart).
There are a few factors that could make your griddle seasoning flake faster:
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