As long as we’re considering the safety issue, it is best to detail some of the best common sense advice. First of all, make sure you only use a griddle on a hard flat surface. If you do not have a free-of-clutter surface, you don’t need to use it. This should be respected all the time, and it will teach you and your family how to use the machine safely. Don’t start cooking without putting all the movable elements on it either.
These movable elements can be anything from handles, lids or dripping trays. Make sure you have everything in place or at hand before you start cooking.
Dripping trays are the easiest to forget in the dishwasher so make sure you stay away from potential skin burns or floor staining by securing the dripping trays in place. When maneuvering the power cord, make sure you have dry hands. Many people wash their hands before cooking and forget to pat them dry, and when working with electricity, this should be mandatory. As a safety precaution, you can plug the cord into the electric griddle first before plugging it to the wall socket.
More information of handing the cord can be found in the user manual which comes in the box with the griddle. The manual will also refer to the best heating temperatures for certain foods. If you need to preheat the cooking surface make sure you don’t forget about it and best practices tell us not to leave the premise of the griddle at any time. One of the most important things to do after cooking is done is to stop the heating and remove the power cord from the wall. After it cools down, you can unplug the power cord from the machine without pulling it from the cable itself to avoid any long-term damage. When it comes to keeping the cooking surface as scratch-free as possible, you need to take into consideration buying some new silicon or wooden utensils.
They will keep the non-stick surface scratch free and will ensure your griddle will have a long life. The griddle is not a stove so make sure you only place food on the cooking surface. Putting pots, pans and other containers on it may lead to damages, and the regular warranties do not even cover most of them. And finally, you need to make sure the griddle is cooled down after using it before removing the dripping trays. Also, it’s important that you make sure the fat has cooled down before dumping it to avoid any damages.