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How to Use a Cast Iron Griddle

You’ve got yourself a griddle. Maybe you’ve had one before. Maybe you’ve always wanted one. Or maybe you have found yourself staring face to face with a griddle and have no idea what to do with it. No matter where you are on your cast iron griddle journey, you have come to the right place. We are going to take a moment to look at all the perks and benefits of having one of these cast iron griddles – as well as how to care for it. And, who knows, perhaps you will stumble across some pretty stellar recipes, too. Ready? Let’s go!

The Power of a Griddle

The idea of cooking on a griddle may seem a bit odd to some people. After all, what’s the difference between cooking on a griddle and cooking on a pan, right? Well, there is the power behind that griddle – and once you use it, you probably won’t stop. A cast iron griddle is one continuous large cooking space that sits over the space of two burners on your stovetop. Whether you are cooking for a crowd or just cooking for your family, you can cook a lot of food all at once on its surface. Think about how many times you have tried to cook a large breakfast, for instance. Were the first eggs you cooked ice cold by the time the last eggs finished? Sitting down to eat together always means someone is left with cold food. With a griddle that doesn’t happen. All your food can be cooked at the exact same time. Moving on, glancing at a griddle, you will notice that it has a smooth, wide-open space with no big sidewalls as a regular pan does. You may not realize it, but the walls of a skillet can hold moisture that, in turn, affects the food you are cooking. Without them, your food can get nice and crispy – and there is nothing to get in the way of an easy flip! Finally, the power of a griddle comes with the ability to cook different foods on the same surface at the same time. It may sound scary or even overwhelming, but it shouldn’t. Do you know why? You will only have one pan to clean afterward. What a score!

A Few Griddle Safety Precautions

Safety is always crucial. It’s no different when it comes to a griddle. As you venture about your kitchen creating delectable meals using your cast iron griddle, keep everyone safe with these 2 important tips:
  1. Monitor the grease. With no sidewalls, grease can build up and have nowhere to go. If it overflows, it could cause a serious situation – especially if you are using your griddle with a gas stove.
  2. Protect your hands with an oven mitt. The surface of a cast iron griddle can get very hot, just like touching a burner or the grate on your grill. If you need to move your griddle or touch it in any way while cooking, put on a mitt.

Tips for Griddling Perfection

Griddling is not hard. You don’t have to watch hours of YouTube videos or read thick manuals in order to gain expertise. You just need to use it. Of course, knowing a few cooking tips in advance is always beneficial. To get you started, here are 3 notes for griddling perfection:
  1. Timing is different on a griddle. Things will cook much faster than if you were cooking in a skillet. This is important so you don’t walk away and come back to charred food. Remember, nobody likes charred food.
The reason for the faster cooking times is that the entire griddle is a solid block of heat – with no means for the heat to escape.
  1. The surface is not non-stick. Your cast iron griddle is just like any cast iron pan – it requires oil. Be sure to use a good oil or cooking spray to coat the surface before you begin cooking. This will not only reduce the chance of your food sticking to the surface, but will also make cleanup much easier.
  2. Cook multiple items with foil. You don’t have to use foil, but it will make cooking different foods at once much easier. Plus, for thicker foods, the foil allows them to cook and sort of steam at the same time which leads to faster cooking.
The more you use your griddle, the more you will get the hang of it – and find what works best for your cooking habits.

Cleaning Your Griddle

Perhaps one of the best features of cooking on a cast-iron skillet is the cleanup. Very few people – if any – enjoy cleaning up a kitchen. But, when the cleanup is easy, it is more tolerated. That’s exactly what you will find with a griddle. When you are done cooking, use your oven mitts to protect your hands and remove all excess food from the griddle’s surface. You can do this once it has cooled, but some foods will harden and stick to the surface making it more difficult to remove. Once the surface is clear – and cool – use a wet rag to wipe down the surface. Follow this up with a light layer of oil to protect the cast iron surface. And, you’re all set! Cleaning your griddle is something you should do after each use. The longer you wait to clean it, the more difficult it will be to remove stuck-on debris. Follow the steps above every time for a no-mess, simple way to a clean griddle. Whether you have a griddle that is part of your gas range or you have purchased a cast iron griddle plate, you will find joy in the easy use it brings. Cook larger meals faster, enjoy an easy cleanup and save time. It doesn’t take long for someone new to griddling to quickly become hooked on its ease of use and multiple benefits. Now, all you have to do is search for some griddle recipes and get cooking!

The Best Gas Grill for Outdoor Kitchen Cooking

Front View of 32 Inch 4 Burner Gas BBQ Grill
Thor's 32 Inch 4-Burner Gas BBQ Grill with Rotisserie in Stainless Steel

Whether you’re looking for a solid grill to break out once every Super Bowl, or building luxurious outdoor kitchen, the gas grill will be the cornerstone for all of your outdoor cooking endeavors. The best gas grill is an investment that showcases both your taste in cooking and your taste in décor. Thor Kitchen’s 32 Inch Gas Powered BBQ Grill checks both of these boxes and more. It functions exceptionally well on it’s own as a built-in gas grill and even better as the building block to the outdoor kitchen suite of your dreams. Enjoy cooking up a quick breakfast on the patio or hosting the next tailgating affair with Thor Kitchen – you’ll love the flexibility that the right gas grill can bring into your life.

Thor Kitchen 32-Inch Grill:

If you’re looking for the best grill for your outdoor kitchen, look no further than Thor Kitchen’s 32-Inch Gas Grill, model number MK04SS304 It’s designed to be built-in, or sit on top of the THOR 32-Inch Grill Cabinet (sold separately). This bbq grill is ready to use with liquid propane – or, you can convert it for natural gas with the THOR Natural Gas Kit (sold separately).

4 Burners, Including a Rotisserie:

Grilled salmon. Roasted potatoes and asparagus. Even a rotisserie chicken – you name it, Thor Kitchen can cook it! Thor Kitchen’s unique grill comes with four burners including a 10,000 BTU rear infrared rotisserie burner allowing you to rotate meats to really sear in the juices. In addition, there is a single 13,000 BTU infrared burner and three more tube burners at 12,000 BTU. You may shrug and say great, but what do 4 burners do for me? Having a grill that features 4 separate burners rather than a single grill that simply lights up the entire surface means that you have full control over the hot and cool areas on the grill’s surface. This is especially efficient when you’re cooking multiple items as you can cook them at different heat levels. 

Thor Kitchen 32-Inch Grill

If you are curious as to which grill is the best grill for your outdoor kitchen, look no further than Thor Kitchen’s 32-inch gas grill, model number MK04SS304. This stainless steel masterpiece is built to last. With pro-style power and a beautiful appearance, you can count on it to always show up.

 And why is it that the food you grill always tastes so much more delectable than the food you make on your kitchen stove top?

Enjoy a grilled feast more frequently when you create an outdoor kitchen by designing your backyard space into an oasis with a table and other outdoor furniture, an outdoor sink cabinet, and, of course, a grill. You can get as decorative as you would like, such as adding rugs and lights or keep it minimal. The idea is to have a space where you can get some fresh air, spend time with loved ones (or peacefully alone), and enjoy some delicious eats.

There is a catch, though. You cannot create this space and have it meet your desires by skimping on the biggest factor – the grill. Everything you do in your outdoor kitchen is going to revolve around that grill. So, what does this mean for you? It means you must get the best gas grill for outdoor kitchen cooking.

This grill warrants a deeper look at all of its features.

Built-In Status

Some people opt for those little grills you can purchase at your local discount store in a box. And while they may work alright for a little bit, they are not built to last. Don’t even get started on their lack of useful features.

If you are building an outdoor kitchen, you need more than a flimsy discount-store grill. See, this space is meant to look like a kitchen – not your backyard. You need a professional grade grill that will be a sturdy addition to the space. This particular Thor Kitchen grill is one that can be either built into the outdoor countertops and such or can be placed on top of a 32-inch grill cabinet. Either option will leave you with a very fitting grill.

Lights and Knobs for Style

Because you are creating an outdoor kitchen, you expect that the lighting is not always going to be as good as it is indoors – primarily after the sun goes down. Yet, you don’t want that to prevent you from cooking on your grill, right? Two halogen lights are the solution. These are located inside the grill so that you can always clearly see the status of your doneness regardless of the time of day.

Beautiful blue LED lights behind the knobs not only increase your visuals but also add some pizazz and style to your outdoor space. Against the stainless steel, these blue lights pop.

Burners, Including a Rotisserie

Thor Kitchen’s grill comes with four burners. One is a 13,000 BTU infrared burner and the other three are 12,000 BTU tube burners. You may shrug and say great, but do you really know what this means for you? Having a grill that has 4 actual burners rather than a grill that simply lights up the entire surface means that you can create hot and cool areas on the grill’s surface. This is especially appreciated when you are cooking multiple items as you can cook them at different heat levels.

Ready for the bonus?

In addition to the burners we have already mentioned, you have a 10,000 BTU rear infrared rotisserie burner that allows you to rotate meats and sear in the juices.

Perhaps it’s the burners that make grilled food from the outdoor kitchen taste so delightful? Yum!

Choose Your Gas

Most gas grills are run off of propane tanks. This is common as propane is easily accessible in many places and very easy to use. However, if you are looking for a more permanent gas, you may choose to convert your grill to natural gas.

Thor Kitchen has designed this grill with a conversion kit to give you the freedom to choose your gas.

Stainless Steel Benefits

This outdoor gas grill by Thor Kitchen has a stainless-steel finish. This means that it is durable and long-lasting – and can definitely take the brutal weathering it may face being outside. Stainless steel does not corrode and will not rust. As beautiful as it is when you purchase it, this grill will remain a piece of beauty throughout its lifetime.

Another key factor that stainless steel brings to the outdoor kitchen is that it is super easy to keep clean. Wiping it down with a soft, wet, soapy cloth and drying it with another soft cloth is really all you have to do to keep it clean. Shine it with some oil by buffing it with the tiniest bit. Chemicals aren’t even needed. When you want to cook outdoors and spend time enjoying it – cleaning is going to be the last thing you want to deal with. Good thing you won’t have to! Stainless steel is a non-porous surface. There are no grains or pores for debris or germs to find their way into. With this grill being outside, you want the confidence in knowing that when you wipe it clean that it will be clean – with nothing lurking underneath.

Finally, are you looking to keep some uniformity within your kitchen? By creating your outdoor kitchen as an extension of your indoor kitchen, you are doing just that.

Create a space where you can spend time with friends and family and enjoy the outdoors. But, friends don’t let friends go hungry. Add a gas grill by Thor Kitchen to your outdoor kitchen. You’ll be glad you did.E

This unique stainless steel gas grill features 4 burners  plus a rotisserie burner all powered by your choice of liquid propane or natural gas (conversion kit sold separately). With pro-style power and a beautiful  stainless steel appearance, this grill warrants a deeper look at all of it’s features. 

Barbecued chicken legs. Roasted potatoes and asparagus. Even grilled pineapple – you name it, Thor Kitchen grills it! There is so much you can do with a gas grill, isn’t there? Whether you are wanting to cook a quick breakfast on the patio or are hosting a tailgating affair for the Superbowl – or anything in between – you will love the flexibility that a gas grill can bring into your life. And why is it that the food you grill always tastes so much more delectable than the food you make on your kitchen stove top?

Enjoy a grilled feast more frequently when you create an outdoor kitchen by designing your backyard space into an oasis with a table and other outdoor furniture, an outdoor sink cabinet, and, of course, a grill. You can get as decorative as you would like, such as adding rugs and lights or keep it minimal. The idea is to have a space where you can get some fresh air, spend time with loved ones (or peacefully alone), and enjoy some delicious eats.

There is a catch, though. You cannot create this space and have it meet your desires by skimping on the biggest factor – the grill. Everything you do in your outdoor kitchen is going to revolve around that grill. So, what does this mean for you? It means you must get the best gas grill for outdoor kitchen cooking.

Thor Kitchen 32-Inch Grill

If you are curious as to which gas grill is the best grill for your outdoor kitchen, look no further than Thor Kitchen’s 32-inch gas grill, model number MK04SS304. This stainless steel masterpiece is built to last. With pro-style power and a beautiful appearance, you can count on it to always show up.

This grill warrants a deeper look at all of its features.

Built-In Status

Some people opt for those little grills you can purchase at your local discount store in a box. And while they may work alright for a little bit, they are not built to last. Don’t even get started on their lack of useful features.

If you are building an outdoor kitchen, you need more than a flimsy discount-store grill. See, this space is meant to look like a kitchen – not your backyard. You need a professional grade grill that will be a sturdy addition to the space. This particular Thor Kitchen grill is one that can be either built into the outdoor countertops or can placed on top of a 32-inch grill cabinet. Either option will leave you with a very fitting grill.

Lights and Knobs for Style

Because you are creating an outdoor kitchen, you expect that the lighting is not always going to be as good as it is indoors – primarily after the sun goes down. Yet, you don’t want that to prevent you from cooking on your grill, right? Two halogen lights are the solution. These are located inside the grill so that you can always clearly see the status of your doneness regardless of the time of day.

Beautiful blue LED lights behind the knobs not only increase your visuals but also add some pizazz and style to your outdoor space. Against the stainless steel, these blue lights pop.

Burners, Including a Rotisserie

Thor Kitchen’s Stainless Steel 32 Inch Gas BBQ grill comes with four burners. One is a 13,000 BTU infrared burner and the other three are 12,000 BTU tube burners. You may shrug and say great, but do you really know what this means for you? Having a grill that has 4 actual burners rather than a grill that simply lights up the entire surface means that you can create hot and cool areas on the grill’s surface. This is especially appreciated when you are cooking multiple items as you can cook them at different heat levels.

Ready for the bonus?

In addition to the burners we have already mentioned, you have a 10,000 BTU rear infrared rotisserie burner that allows you to rotate meats and sear in the juices.

Perhaps it’s the burners that make grilled food from the outdoor kitchen taste so delightful? Yum!

Choose Your Gas

Most gas grills are run off of propane tanks. This is common as propane is easily accessible in many places and very easy to use. However, if you are looking for a more permanent gas, you may choose to convert your grill to natural gas.

Thor Kitchen has designed this grill with a conversion kit to give you the freedom to choose your gas.

Stainless Steel Benefits

This outdoor gas grill by Thor Kitchen has a stainless-steel finish. This means that it is durable and long-lasting – and can definitely take the brutal weathering it may face being outside. Stainless steel does not corrode and will not rust. As beautiful as it is when you purchase it, this grill will remain a piece of beauty throughout its lifetime.

Another key factor that stainless steel brings to the outdoor kitchen is that it is super easy to keep clean. Wiping it down with a soft, wet, soapy cloth and drying it with another soft cloth is really all you have to do to keep it clean. Shine it with some oil by buffing it with the tiniest bit. Chemicals aren’t even needed. When you want to cook outdoors and spend time enjoying it – cleaning is going to be the last thing you want to deal with. Good thing you won’t have to! Stainless steel is a non-porous surface. There are no grains or pores for debris or germs to find their way into. With this grill being outside, you want the confidence in knowing that when you wipe it clean that it will be clean – with nothing lurking underneath.

Finally, are you looking to keep some uniformity within your kitchen? By creating your outdoor kitchen as an extension of your indoor kitchen, you are doing just that.

Create a space where you can spend time with friends and family and enjoy the outdoors. But, friends don’t let friends go hungry. Add a gas grill by Thor Kitchen to your outdoor kitchen. You’ll be glad you did. 

 

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