EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF A CREPE MAKER
How to clean a crepe maker?
Cleaning the crepe maker is not done at the end of the day or once a month, but after cooking every crepe! A simple swipe of the grease pad will remove :
- debris from batter and solid fillings (strands of cheese, coconut, almonds...),
- traces of liquid fillings, in particular salted butter caramel and honey. Be very careful with sugar traces that form small dots: if you do not clean immediately, the sugar will harden and you will have to use a scraper later.
After each use of your crepe maker remember to:
- Oil the griddle with the grease pad to protect it from rust,
- Clean the oil drops on the edge of the griddle with kitchen roll,
- Remove any drops of batter that may have fallen onto the power cord or gas pipe. Once dry, it is a different matter, so much so that in the creperie they protect the power supply with a bit of aluminium foil.
- Clean the upper part of the stainless steel frame of the Krampouz electric crepe maker pro Luxury model with silver stone. In all honesty it takes a lot of time and personally I have given up trying to keep this area free of cooking marks.
How to maintain a crepe maker?
In addition to the daily cleaning, more thorough maintenance actions should be carried out as soon as the need arises.
Scrapping the griddle
When your crepe maker is used intensively or when you cook salty fillings such as bacon, the plate ends up getting dirty and it is advisable to remove this material which prevents the crepe from sliding. A scraper is used for this, taking care not to press hard and to hold it horizontally so as not to damage the coating.
The impurities (called "cooking crusts") will be removed uniformly and without too much difficulty from a warm griddle, on the other hand I strongly advise you not to use the scraper on a cold griddle (there is a risk that the coating will come off in places and it will then be necessary to sand down with an abrasive stone and recoat the crepe maker).
Cleaning the knobs
Oil and other residues always get between the crepe maker frame and the temperature control knob. From time to time, pull the knob out a good centimetre to clean behind it and brush the plastic ridges.
You can of course remove the knob completely, but with a Krampouz pro crepe maker you are likely to dislodge a small metal plate that is a pain to put back in and without which the knob turns in a vacuum.
The use of large quantities of grease (butter, oil, cream, meat, etc.) means that all the corners of the crepe maker (screws, feet, protective grids, etc.) should be cleaned as soon as necessary by turning it over.
If you have a Standard Krampouz electric crepe maker (range before 2022), don't forget to clean the space between the griddle and the top of the frame with the tip of a knife, it is a real grease trap and if too much dirt accumulates, it will flow inside the crepe maker without you being able to intervene (for me, this is really a design flaw).
Gas crepe maker
Over time, the combustion of gas produces soot which can block some of the holes in the burners, a bit like limescale in shower heads.
This problem can easily be solved with a small stroke of the wire brush.