There is something extra fun about cooking outside! It makes any day a party! As you likely know, Kevin does most of the cooking for our family. I had spied a good friend of ours using a Blackstone Grill with her friends and family and had quietly considered getting one for us. They use it often for Hibachi and it looked delicious and fun (is there a better combo?). Imagine my surprise when one showed up on our porch– a generous gift from that same friend! It’s like she read my mind!
We wasted no time getting it all setup (it is the perfect size for our new deck). It’s been here for 4 days and Kevin has used it maybe 6 times already. He loves it. I would say it is definitely a HIT! We have loved to cook bacon, eggs and pancakes without the smell inside or a bunch of pans messy! Also just got a press to do some smashed burgers (I loved a thin burger). And of course looking forward to Hibachi night!!!
- Griddle Dome and Press (got this to smash burgers)
- No Soy Teriyaki Sauce and Coconut Aminos is what we use for Hibachi
- Griddle Accessories
- Buffalo Check Cloth Napkins (we have used for years and love)
- White Melamine Dinner Plates ( we use them for eating outside)
- 28″ Blackstone (this is two burners, if you have the space and a big family you could look at the larger size)
- Blackstone Cover
- Cozy rug to put by your grill
When I shared the new toy on my Instagram, I had some great comments and advice on how to care for the Blackstone and keep it looking great! Following these few tips will keep your Blackstone griddle from chipping, rusting or flaking.
Blackstone Care and Usage Tips:
- Before you use your new Blackstone, clean it with hot water and soap (We used Thieves– see how we clean our whole house with Thieves here). We gave it a good scrub and then dried it completely.
- Season Your Cooktop (DO this ONCE before the first use). Using a cloth, rub the entire cooking surface with 2-3 tbs of cooking oil (we like olive or grapeseed oil). You should have a thin layer of oil all over. Then, turn all the burners on HIGH until it starts smoking. The griddle will begin to discolor (indicating a chemical bond). Keep it smoking for 10-15 minutes and then turn it off. Once cool enough to touch, rub the entire surface again with another 2-3 tbs of oil and let it smoke again.
- Ongoing Cleaning of the Blackstone: No need to use soap. Much like caring for a cast iron pan, the Blackstone SEASONS. It is a naturally non-stick surface. Once you are done cooking, use a metal spatula or scraper. Wipe down the surface (it can get greasy). You can use a Blackstone Scouring Pad if there is stuck on food. Once cleaned, rinse with water and DRY COMPLETELY. Coat with a layer of oil between uses.
- Use a Cover. Even if you are able to store you Blackstone on a covered deck, you will still want a cover. This will keep it clean and cook-ready at all times. A few people messaged me and said they even layer an old towel over the cooktop and under the cover. Blackstone Cover
- Cooking Tip- Preheat— but always start with the temperature set to MEDIUM until the heat is evenly distributed. The Blackstone heats up fast and cools down slowly.. so if you start at high, you may burn food that don’t like high temps (like pancakes).
We are having so much fun with our new Blackstone Griddle! Are you interested in our recipes as we continue to use it?
A few more Favorites from the week-
- I started to decorate for Christmas this past week. We are taking photos this weekend for my oily community (I send a massive newsletter with DIY oily gift ideas). I just got this new tree and put up in our kitchen, it is so magical to have the lights up!
- I was totally sold this pan from a FB ad. I think it said it replaces like 8 other pans. It was non-toxic and super cute! I have heard from a lot of you how much you love it! We broke it in with our favorite frittata recipe! Looking forward to using it to steam veggies! (PS-comes in so many cute colors!)
- A lot of you asked me about the gold bookcase in our bedroom. We have had ours for about 5 years, it was West Elm. I found one on Amazon (here) for way less than we paid here. Love it for my aria diffuser, hat storage!
- I had given away a bunch of cardigans when we remodeled. I ordered this one, just for the sweater, even tho it came with a skirt. I was actually pleasantly surprised how much I liked it!
- I am SO excited about this Grow Light!! This is a great way to help plants grow when you don’t have a lot of lights. Strategically place a floor lamp over a plant. I got it to put in our basement to keep a couple plants alive I put move to my basement durning the Holidays. For instance I am going to move that fiddle leaf fig downstairs since a Christmas tree is now in that spot!! (the fiddle leaf was already looking sad, let’s hope it helps it!)
Top Nesting with Grace Items-
- Christmas Tree Pillow this sells out every year! It is my favorite holiday pillow (on sale!)
- Battery Operated Candles we have these all over and really love them! We don’t burn candle anymore (read why here).
- Blackstone Grill shared all the details above
- Cedar Garland this is the prettiest faux garland I have ever used!
- Sweater and Skirt Set
- Jumpsuit love this piece and it was very affordable!
- Neck Massager it heats up too! Kevin and I use this almost every day.
- Silicone Bags we have had these for awhile- great for freezer too!
- Label Maker I use this to label everything!
- Half Moon Necklace (I haven’t linked this before, but I get asked about it often, I had it engraved with B+K ❤️)
Have a lovely weekend!!