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My Love Affair With My Presto Electric Griddle - Perfect For Camping

Updated on October 21, 2013

I've long been a fan of electric griddles, especially for snowy mornings when the gang wanted sausage and french toast to warm their cockles (what are cockles, anyway?). Electric griddles are a very versatile cookware, and are a must when cooking for a crowd.

My Presto electric griddle has been with me for about a year now and has never once let me down. With the purchase of our new camper, the griddle was the obvious choice in cookware to tote along as the multi uses of this griddle make it indispensable.

Not only handy for cooking breakfast meals, my Presto electric griddle has been pressed into service for making mouth-watering lunch, dinner, and snack items such as grilled sandwiches and minute steaks for steak and cheese subs. I've even figured out how to turn my electric riddle into a panini press - I just use a heavy cast iron skittle to press the sandwich down while it grills up to a crispy brown crust. Dinner time might find filets or fresh fish grilling. I've even experimented with grilling squash and green beans - delicious. I'm telling ya - this thing is great!

One of the nicest feature of this particular Presto griddle is that the handles are removable for both easy cleaning (put it right in the dishwasher) and easy storage. When one is camping, storage is at a premium so a big, bulky griddle just will not do. I simply remove the handles of this griddle and store it inside my teeny weeny oven - the handles go right inside too. And, the non-stick surface is premium. You truly will be ably to fry an egg with no butter or oil. Bacon comes up crisp and flat on this great griddle.

So, if you're looking for the right Christmas present for a cook this year, or just want to add a wonderful griddle to your own collection, I strongly suggest you pick up the Presto 22 inch electric griddle with removable arms. You won't be disappointed.

In order to protect the non-stick surface of your new Presto grill, here's a few items that are helpful. I've never even had a scratch on my own grill, mostly due to the non-stick spatulas, spoons, etc, I use with it.

OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner/Spatula, Black
OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner/Spatula, Black

This large pancake turner has a round shape so it's perfect for flipping burgers too. Eggs will slide right off it into your dish.

 
Tovolo Pancake Pen
Tovolo Pancake Pen

I'd never heard of a pancake pen before but I use this thing when I'm camping. I just crack eggs and shake them up for scrambled eggs. No more broken eggs in the fridge as I just store this right along with the milk (and beer....).

 
Sunbeam CKSBWFMW30 Mini Waffle Maker, Blue
Sunbeam CKSBWFMW30 Mini Waffle Maker, Blue

We don't always bring along our mini waffle maker when camping, but, if we plan ahead for a waffle and bacon morning, into the trailer it goes.

 

Here's some ideas you might not have thought about when cooking on a griddle:

People rarely think outside the normal pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage when cooking on a griddle. But, there's much more versatility to this cookware than you might have thought. Actually, almost anything you can make in a pan can be adapted to cooking on a griddle, with the obvious exclusion of sauces, chili, and soups.

1. Grill fruit! That's right - slice a peach in half, remove the pit, and place cut side down on the griddle. Let it brown up and then plate with just a bit of brown sugar or honey. It's a great alternative to that calorie laden s'more you've been craving.

2. Quesadillas are a wonderful treat while camping. Just add chicken or beef and cheese to a tortilla, fold it over, and grill for 2 minute or so per side. I like to put a heavy pan on top while it's grilling to press it down.

3. Pork chops come out particularly tasty on the griddle. I usually put aluminum foil over them or the top of a pot so that the middle gets done properly.

4. Toss some vegetables in a bag with olive oil, salt and pepper. Turn out on the griddle and flip every 2 -3 minutes until browned and crunchy.

5. Stir frys are an overlooked food when one thinks of griddles, but they come out perfectly done. Cook the meat on one side, veggies on the other. Combine at the end and add a bit of soy sauce to the mix.

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