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  • How to Care for Your Griddle

    Griddle Care & Maintenance

    Most of our professional griddles come with a True-Seasoned Finish, just like all of our cast iron. To keep this finish in tip-top condition, your griddle needs a little TLC every now and then. By following the guide below, you will help keep your griddle clean, prevent rust, and build up the glass-like finish to keep food from sticking.

    Temperature Management

    Giving your griddle time to pre-heat properly will ensure you’re getting the best cooking performance possible. Start by setting your heat to Medium or Med-Low for about 5 minutes. This should bring the griddle surface temperature to about 350°-400° F, depending on the weather and environment. Then turn the heat to Med-Low or Low for 2-3 minutes for uniform heat across the entire cooking surface. The steel heats up quickly but cools slowly, so you’ll have plenty of heat to work with even after you turn down the burners. You’re ready to get cooking.

    Managing the heat on your griddle is important to prevent any possible damage. While the steel is strong and durable, you should only use Low or Medium heat settings. This is especially important if you want to use different heat settings on a large griddle that covers multiple burners. You have the capability to warm a tortilla on one side and cook a fajita mix on the other, but you want to keep both settings on Medium or lower.


    After each use, clean off any food particles while the griddle is still warm. You might want to use a metal spatula or chain mail scrubber to remove stubborn bits. Then wash with hot water, mild dish soap (never use abrasive detergent), or our Cast Iron Cleaner. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Never scour or use a dishwasher, as this could chip the nice, seasoned finish you’re going for.


    Once your griddle is clean, slowly warm it up again on your stove. Apply a thin layer of Cast Iron Conditioner or cooking oil. We recommend Cast Iron Conditioner because it has a palm oil base, which boasts a longer shelf life than any other natural oil. Be sure that the entire surface, including all corners, have been coated thoroughly. This will ensure that all surfaces of your cookware will be properly seasoned. This finish helps protect the steel or cast iron from rust and contributes to a nonstick cooking surface. Let your griddle cool, then wipe off excess conditioner or oil with a clean cloth.


    After your griddle is clean, dry, and seasoned, you will need to store it in a dry, clean area. You can use one of our carry bags, specifically designed to hold your professional griddle. If you store it in one of these bags long-term, leave the zipper open 2-4 inches so the metal doesn’t “sweat.” This will prevent rusting.

    Pro Tips

    • • Be sure that your griddle is level before cooking, so that any juices or grease will drain properly. To test your griddle’s angle, pour a cup of water on the corner farthest from the grease drain and see where it flows.
    • • Use our grease cup accessory for an easy clean-up.
    • • If you need to adjust the heat on your griddle, do so a little at a time. The metal will heat quickly and cool slowly.
    • • Lightly oil the griddle before each use while it’s heating up. You can use Camp Chef Conditioner or cooking oil.
    • • The steel will continue to antique and darken with each use—it’s okay for it to accumulate a patina.
    • • Rusty, metallic tastes or discolored foods are signs of inadequate seasoning or may result from cooking heavily acidic foods. If this occurs, wash the griddle thoroughly and re-season.
    • • Check out all the cooking accessories we offer to go along with your griddle. You’ll be cooking like a pro in no time.


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  • How to Use Your Outdoor Pizza Oven Like a Pro

    So you’ve just unpacked your Italia Artisan Pizza Oven or Outdoor Oven Accessory, and you’re ready to get cooking. First of all, congratulations on your new purchase. You’re in for plenty of goodies like backyard pizzas (here’s a dough recipe), skillet brownies (we’ve made those too), plank salmon (yummmm), and more. But before you fire up the oven and toss some food onto the stone, we wanted to share a few pro tips with you. These will help you get the most out of your new outdoor oven, no matter what meal you’re cooking. Ready? Here we go.


    Pro Tip #1

    Your stove’s Low and Medium settings will give you all the heat you need for your Outdoor Oven Accessory.


    Pro Tip #2

    Just like a true brick oven or your home oven, preheating your outdoor oven is essential. Always allow 10 minutes or more for your oven to get to the right temperature.


    Pro Tip #3

    Temperatures and cooking times will vary depending on outside temperatures, weather conditions, and what type of food you’re cooking. For example, frozen pizza will cook differently than a pizza made from scratch or store-bought dough.


    Pro Tip #4

    Keep an eye on the internal air temperature by looking at the built-in temperature gauge on the top of the pizza oven. Internal air heat will help melt cheese, soften toppings, and bake the top of your pizza crust. This temperature will react quickly when you change your heat setting or remove the metal oven cover.


    Pro Tip #5

    The pizza stone temperature will rise more slowly than the internal air temperature, but it will eventually become the hottest part of the oven. This is where most of the cooking happens (and how you get a crispy pizza crust).

      pizzas in the camp oven

    Pro Tip #6

    Use an infrared or cooking surface thermometer to monitor your pizza stone’s temperature.


    Pro Tip #7

    The ideal baking temperature for artisan pizza is 500° F to 550° F. Other kinds of pizza are best at 400° F.


    Pro Tip #8

    To melt cheese or other toppings as you remove your pizza, lift toward the top of the oven and hold for a few seconds before taking it out.


    Pro Tip #9

    Cast iron is perfect for baking breads or desserts in an outdoor oven.


    Pro Tip #10

    We have a few accessories just for cooking pizza in your new outdoor oven. Check out our pizza peel, pizza spatula, and rocking cutter to complete your pizza chef collection.

  • How to Clean Cast Iron

    Cast iron is the darling of the culinary world. It's versatile, timeless, high quality, and tough as nails. It will last you a lifetime if you give it a little TLC from time to time in the form of cleaning and seasoning. "But," you might be thinking, "I've always heard that cast iron is a pain to maintain." We're here to prove that wrong. Taking care of your cast iron doesn't have to be a chore. With the tips below, it will become a habit in no time.

    Cast iron cleaning guide pin

    For Light Cleaning:

    If there isn't any baked-on food particles or sticky residue, then follow these instructions for cleaning your cast iron.

    1. While cookware is still warm (not hot) rinse with hot water.

    2. Use a stiff-bristled brush (without soap) to scrub the inside, removing any remaining food bits.

    3. Pat dry with a towel and let sit in an open air rack.

    4. If the the finish looks black and shiny, you're all done! If the finish is starting to look marbled, dull, or gray, then you can spritz the surface a few times with our Cast Iron Conditioner. Dab the conditioner into the cast iron with a paper towel or lint-free cloth.


    For Heavy-Duty Cleaning:

    1. Remove all food particles from your cast iron cookware using a Dutch oven scraper or a plastic pan scraper. It's best to do this while the pan is still warm, if possible.

    2. Fill the dish with hot water and add about 2 teaspoons of Cast Iron Cleaner. Rub the cleaner in with a plastic brush or clean rag. If you're dealing with stubborn or burnt food, let the pan sit with the water and cleaner for about 10 minutes, then scrub. You can also try boiling the water to loosen any residue.

    3. With a stiff-bristled brush, scrub the remaining food bits away and off the iron. Rinse well and pat dry with a towel.

    4. While the dish is still warm, spritz all surfaces a few times with our Cast Iron Conditioner (mentioned above) and dab it around with a clean paper towel or lint-free cloth. Congratulations, you've just cleaned and seasoned your cast iron cookware.

    restoring cast iron

    See how easy it is? Check out our walkthrough video if you want to see the methods in action. And if you have any other pro tips for cast iron cookers, let us know in the comments below!

  • Our Favorite Halloween Bites Roundup

    Our favorite part of Halloween is by far the food. What else could you expect from the Camp Chef team? But when it comes to adorable whipped cream ghosts or carefully designed chocolate spiderweb, we like to turn to a few of our friends in the food community. Here we've created a roundup for you of the creepiest, cutest, and most importantly, tastiest Halloween bites we could find. Try these recipes on your pellet grill, in your outdoor oven, or with your cast iron dishes. Camp Chef is ready for your Halloween menu.


    For Dinner

    Dinner in a Pumpkin

    This is a fun way to bring pumpkin into your meal in a savory way. If you want to take the meal outside, you can just as easily roast the pumpkin inside your pellet grill set at 350° F.

    Mini Mummy Pizzas

    You can't go wrong with cheese and sauce on a pizza crust. Have a make-your-own-mummy night with all the ingredients and bake them in your outdoor pizza oven.

    Meaty Eyeballs & Breadstick Bones

    Another perfect recipe for your outdoor oven. It's a spooky combination of meatball eyes and bone breadsticks that your kids will love.

    Shepard's Pie Stuffed Peppers

    Half the fun of this recipe is figuring out which face to carve into your jack-o-lantern bell pepper.


    For Dessert:

    Ghost Pretzels

    Boo! Try these spooky chocolate pretzels at your Halloween party this year. They're equal parts funny and adorable.

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Cups

    The picture speaks for itself. Light, fluffy, and oh so delicious.

    Spiderweb Cheesecake

    Impress your kids with your cake decorating skills with this cheesecake. We swear it tastes better with the webbing design.

    Ghosts in the Graveyard Pudding Cups

    This recipes is a Halloween twist on a "cup of dirt" dessert. Pudding and cookies make up the base, while the fluffy ghoul is a swirl of whipped cream.


    For Drinks:

    Homemade Root Beer

    Not only is this root beer delicious, it also only takes 15 minutes to make. Add some dry ice for a spooky touch.

    Mad Scientist Potions

    Dry ice also brings these drinks to life. Really, you can use whatever you like as the beverage (although this recipe calls for Kool-Aid). Just choose some crazy colors and add the dry ice.

    Caramel Apple Spice Cider

    This Starbucks copycat recipe is a fall staple. Except now you don't have to go through the drive-thru anytime you want it.

    Candy Corn Punch

    If you're not a big fan of candy corn itself, try this punch instead. The ingredients layer to create the candy corn stripes, but the beverage itself tastes fresh and citrusy.


    Do you have any other Halloween recipes you love to use? Have you tried one of these before? Let us know in the comments!

  • BTU: What Does It Mean & How Many Do You Need?

    What in the World is a BTU?


    If you’ve checked out any of our stoves, you’ve probably seen a BTU figure associated with each one. And if you’re here at this article, you probably looked at it and had no clue what it meant. Let us explain it to you.   BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. It is used in North America (not in Europe, despite the name) as a way to measure energy output. A single BTU is equal to the energy released by burning one match. To put things in perspective, your household stove burners are probably around 10,000 BTUs—that’s like burning 10,000 matches at once.  

    How Many BTUs Do I Need?


    For basic outdoor cooking and groups of only a few people, you’ll need a stove that has an output of at least 10,000 BTU per hour. Matching your kitchen stove in power, you’ll be able to cook pretty much anything you’d whip up indoors. This is the minimum amount of heat you should have with your camp stove.


    But why settle for the minimum? Most of our stoves feature burners with an output of 30,000 BTU/hr each. That’s 3 times more than your kitchen burners. Our double burner and triple burner stoves with this kind of cooking power are perfect for families and larger groups because you have the heat and surface area you need to cook a ton of food. Pro tip: these burners are also great for home canning.


    We also carry a couple of high-output stoves with burners that can pump out 60,000 BTU/hr. That’s a ton of power. In fact, that’s more than you would ever need for basic outdoor cooking. These stoves are best for specialty situations like home brewing, high capacity boiling, and extreme cold temperatures. You should only use heavy duty pots with a 60,000 BTU burner rather than accessories like our grill boxes, griddles, or pizza ovens. The high heat output can warp and burn out some of these more lightweight materials.


    Check out our infographic for a quick look at how many BTUs you need for your outdoor adventures.


    Your guide to BTUs on a camp stove
  • How to Care for Your New Bamboo Cutting Board

    In case you haven’t heard, bamboo cutting boards are the next big kitchen accessory. Bamboo is a sustainable, fast-growing resource, and it is tougher than many woods on the market today. The grass (technically bamboo isn’t a wood) is also gentler with your knives and a real beauty on the counter top. Basically, it’s everything you’d want in a cutting board.


    At Camp Chef, we know a good kitchen tool when we see one. So we brought you the cutting board of all cutting boards—26 inches of solid bamboo. You can fit steaks, whole chicken, brisket, roast, and more on this board without breaking a sweat. It’s also perfect for transporting your prep station from the kitchen to the patio in one trip. Check it out; go ahead, we’ll wait.


    Now that we’ve taken care of that, you need to know how to care for your new bamboo cutting board, right?


    The bad news is that bamboo cutting boards need the same kind of TLC that traditional wooden cutting boards do; the good news is that they’ll last a lot longer than any other board if you treat them right.


    Bamboo cutting board with brisket

    Cleaning and Oiling Your Board


    1. Wash and dry the cutting board immediately after each use. Don’t ever let your bamboo board soak in the sink or go into the dishwasher. Long exposure to water (and heat in the dishwasher) will warp or crack your board faster than you can say “Oops.” Instead, wash your board with some warm water and soap, rinse it, and dry it completely with a towel. Stand the board vertically on its side to dry, or lean it in an open-air dish rack.

    2. To season, put about ½ cup of food-grade mineral oil in a saucepan, and warm it on the stove. You don’t need it hot—just warm enough to get into the pores of the bamboo. Pour the oil onto your dry cutting board and rub in a circular motion (like Karate Kid) with a clean cloth. Make sure you oil all sides of your cutting board; the mineral oil acts as a hydrator and a barrier for the bamboo, giving it some necessary moisture while keeping excess water out.

    3. Use lemon juice or baking soda if your board develops any weird stains or smells. Sprinkle some juice or powder over the spot, then scrub it with a damp, warm rag. Afterward, your board should smell fresh and look clean once more.


    Keep in Mind


    •You will need to oil your board regularly to keep up the shine and water-proofing. About once a month is a good schedule to keep; however, if you’re a cooking enthusiast who’s breaking out your board a few times a day, you may want to up the frequency to every two weeks.

    •Bamboo needs a certain amount of moisture to keep from splitting and cracking. You don't want to use a cleaning product that will dry out the board like bleach or rubbing alcohol.

    •Never use cooking oils to season your board, as these will turn rancid.

    For a quick look at which products are okay for your bamboo and which are not, check out the infographic below:

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