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Old 12-06-2007, 09:18 AM   #1
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Counter top griddle for pancakes

My husband loves to make pancakes, but we do not own an electric countertop griddle. I'd like to buy him one for Christmas. Any recommendations on not-too-expensive (under $50 if possible) griddle that browns evenly, stores well and is not too hard to clean? This would be used almost exclusively for pancakes of all kinds -- not for meat.

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Old 12-06-2007, 09:32 AM   #2
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Is it just the 2 of you? I'm sorry I don't know the cost, but I've never had bad luck with pancakes on my Presto griddles. I have a huge one, about 18x25 inches, and a regular sized one, 12x18 I think. Cleaning isn't the easiest, just because it's so large and I have a stupid double sink, but other than that you can just wash and rinse, the cord detatches.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:34 AM   #3
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Just looked at Amazon.com, the 22 inch griddle is $40.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:42 AM   #4
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We have a 43yo Presto, about 11" square (wedding present) and a large 11 x 18 Miracle Maid almost as old. Both work well for pancakes, as long as you get them hot before adding oil.
If I had to buy one, this is what I would pick:
Amazon.com: Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover: Home & Garden

Good reviews, reasonably priced, and, You could do other things in it.

Fried Chicken. Oooooh
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:45 AM   #5
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One of these should do the trick. For pancakes, a larger surface is key.
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:32 AM   #6
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Hi, elemom. I love my Presto electric griddle. I've had it for years and it works like a charm. Makes perfect pancakes and French toast. Easy to clean, too, because it's completely immersible. I've had it so long I don't remember where I got it, but it might've been at Wal-Mart.
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:06 PM   #7
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It looks like a lot of you have electric griddles. I have the double griddle that fits over 2 burners on my stove (gas). I've had trouble getting both burners the same temp with my new stove I think because the back burners are hi-capacity. Hence, some burned pancakes. Do most of you use an electric griddle for pancakes? Do you feel it's a better (or more reliable) way to make non-burned pancakes?
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:29 PM   #8
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If I had my choice of any unit available, I'd get the Wolfgang Puck reversible grill/griddle, available from Amazon.com for 69.99. The grilling plate is reversible, making it a double duty unit.

I have a Black & Decker Family Size Griddle, but it was a gift. I never would have picked it for myself because it has been my experience that Black & Decker equipment expires right after the warranty does.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:53 PM   #9
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Hey Fishers Mom,

I learned to burn pancakes in the Boy Scouts on an upside down aluminum lid from an old Maytag wringer washer (on a wood fire.) It's a real art to make them black on the outside and raw in the middle

With electric, once you figure out the correct temperature (they're all a little different), just set it and forget it.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:58 PM   #10
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Okay Walt, I'm sold! (And I thought I was the only one who could make them black on the outside and runny raw on the inside. My kids always check each pancake before putting on the syrup and butter - no one wants the dreaded "batter squirt" surprise!)
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