Best Gadget in the Kitchen? An Electric Griddle
Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle
My Lovely Electric Griddle
Why do I love my electric griddle? Let me count the ways.
Big cooking area: The big surface lets me cook big batches of pancakes, or eggs, or sausage for breakfast. Or I can make multiple grilled cheese or heat up tortillas and quesadillas all at once.
Non-stick and perfectly flat: It's the only appliance that can make almost perfect dorayaki (Japanese style) pancakes. I make these almost every weekend using my own recipe. The kids just like the pancake part, I don't fill them with red bean paste or anything.
Versatility: The electric griddle is good for preparing so many kinds of food. I use it for breakfast goodies including pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, and sausage. It's great for tortillas and quesadillas, fajitas, grilled cheese or flatbread sandwiches, even heating up pizza. I grill onions and hamburgers on the griddle for In-N-Out style burgers.
Size: It's the perfect size for frying up a pound of bacon. The strips line up along the width of the griddle. It's great for burgers, too. While cooking greasy foods, I can position the griddle in a clear counter space away from the stove, where it will be easy to wipe up the grease splatters. Cleaning up around the stove is a pain.
Convenient features: The removable grease catcher pan and the pull-out cord/thermostat makes it super easy to clean. If it's not greasy it can just be wiped with a damp towel. The removable grease pan can be put in the dishwasher.
Shape: Its flat shape stores perfectly on its side in my baking pan cabinet. I cover it up with a cotton sack (just about the size of a pillowcase) to protect the non-stick surface and just slide it in.
Speed: When you plug in this griddle it heats up to temperature pretty rapidly. No standing around waiting for it to get nice and hot. It's a real time-saving appliance for cooking and for ease of clean-up.
Low Calorie Cooking: a non-stick surface means not having to add unneeded calories with oil or grease. I barely ever have to use any oil or even cooking spray. In addition, when cooking fatty foods like bacon, the grease can be continually scraped away from the bacon into the removable grease catcher pan, so that the food isn't soaking in its own fat.
Low Cost: The griddle was inexpensive - I got it on sale at Kohl's and it had a rebate on it. When they ran the sale again the following year, I bought another one so I would have a replacement when the first one wore out. It's been more than a few years and I haven't had to break out the new one yet, except for...
The griddles are portable, so I brought both of them to the school, where they were really useful for in cooking for my daughter's 5th grade breakfast event.
I only have two tips to watch out for with this griddle. The side that's closer to the plug-in thermostat tends to be slightly hotter than the side that's farther. I compensate by dropping the pancake batter on the far (cooler) side first, giving them a tiny bit more time to cook. By the time all the pancakes are added, the first ones are ready to flip.
Second tip is to protect the nonstick surface by only using non-metal spatulas and utensils, handwashing it with mild detergent and non-abrasive cleaning sponge, and storing it so it can not be scratched (like I do with a cloth cover) by other items in the cabinet.
I heartily recommend this griddle, we've been through a lot of cooking together and it hasn't let me down!
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