Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Must-have Kitchen Gadget: The Electric Griddle

Out of all the things in my house, (besides my husband and kids of course) I really love my kitchen gadgets!  Some of them I just can't live without!  Well, there are some I COULD live without, but I just don't want to!!  I have been thinking about featuring one gadget a week on my blog, so I figured there is no better time to start than now!!  Most of my "reviews" will probably be positive ones, but I will be sure to post any negative experiences as well!

Electric Griddle

The first gadget I'm featuring is the electric griddle!  I don't know how I survived for so many years without this piece of equipment!  If you make pancakes, this is a MUST-HAVE!  You can easily fit 8 pancakes on this bad boy!  It's also wonderful for bacon, sausage, grilled sandwiches, eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and so much more.  Stovetop griddles can be used, but they use 2 burners.  This can be used anywhere you have an outlet!  You also have a temperature control dial on the electric griddle, which usually ranges from 100 to 450 degrees.  This griddle also features a nonstick surface which makes for easy cleanup.  Just make sure you use utensils that will not scratch the surface.  Most electric griddles feature a drain try that can easily be removed and cleaned.  The griddles come in various sizes, but the smallest I have seen will still hold 6 pancakes.  I've seen prices ranging from $17.99 and up.

The electric griddle that I own is from Cooks and I've been extremely pleased with it.  The only recommendation that I would make is to take some time to become familiar with your temperature settings.  DON'T follow the recommended settings that are included in the pamphlet because they are too hot.  My griddle was a gift, but I'm pretty sure that the price was just below $30.  It was definitely worth every penny!!

In the book, Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen, Alton Brown recommends Rival and Toastmaster brands because of their accurate thermostats.


"And so our stories go..." said...

I think people who are handy and know what they're doing in the kitchen are so cool....
Have fun with your grill.

Crystal said...

I SO need one of these. :)

Simply Life said...

oooh that does look fun!

Velva said...

An electric griddle is great! I have often used it for making mini-pancakes for my kids. Every kitchen needs one. Love it.

megan said...

great series you're starting! I have an electric griddle that i love too. I used to not use it, but I started using it a few weeks ago and fell in love. I love that you can cook so many pancakes and pieces of french toast at once! I also used it to make homemade tortillas...perfect :)

Alison said...

Thanks everyone!! If you don't have one, you should definitely consider it :)

Velva, I make mini pancakes for the kids, too! They like to see who can get the smallest.

Megan, I've never made homeade tortillas, but I'd love to try those on my griddle! The possibilities are endless!

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Jennifer said...

I got one for Christmas this year and I love it! It used to take sooo long to make pancakes for my family of 5. I needed to have two skillets going and the oven on warm. The electric griddle lets us all eat together.


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