New member here. having a bit of an issue.
My job requires me to travel extensively, about 50 weeks out of the year and I pretty much live out of hotels all over the US. As such, my cooking supplies are limited, since I can only have so much stuff on the road to pack around.
I bought a Calphalon reversible griddle/grill that fits over 2 burners. I've cooked with cast iron before, so I didn't really expect any issues.
However, I've noticed that the surface of this griddle is different from the skillets I've used before. They were a smooth texture on the cooking surface, whereas this griddle (and the reverse side) is a bit of a bumpy, rough texture.
Made (or attempted to, LOL) pancakes this morning, actually was trying to make bacon/pancake dippers (with the bacon inside) for myself and my co-workers. But the pancakes only stuck to the griddle and basically came off looking like scrambled pancakes, hahaha.
Since I don't have an oven, all I have is a small toaster oven of my own, and the two-burner stove and microwave that are in the hotel room that I'm currently in, I can't really season it the right way.
But I did wash it first, dried it, and applied a thin coat of vegetable oil to it. Cooked the bacon on it this morning and then the "scrambled pancakes".
I am wondering if the rough bumpy texture has something to do with my issues? Does it just need more seasoning? Or can someone recommend a better griddle than this one, maybe one with a smooth surface? I've never seen this cooking surface on cast iron before. I've read reviews on this griddle and others claim that their pancakes turn out great.
Sorry for the long and maybe over-explaining post, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.