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Old 07-18-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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What is the built in griddle on my stovetop for?! Help!

Hi! I am new :)
We bought a house 3 years ago w/ Kitchenaid appliances. I have a gas range w/ a griddle in the middle. I have absolutely no idea what to do with other than rest my spoons. It doesn't appear to detach, so I would have no idea how to even clean it. I think it can heat up to 500 degrees. What does one do w/ this?! How can I make use of it!?

Why I am just now asking is that I was looking into getting a stovetop grill pan (the kind that lays across both burners) so I can cook steaks inside. However, my front burner is really low and my back burner is really high, so the heat would be very uneven. Then I started looking at my built in griddle and wondering if I could make use of it.

I am pretty clueless, please help!
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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The griddle in the middle will do for anything that cooks on a big flat surface. Pancakes, bacon, steaks, burgers. If you google with the stove name and model number, you may be able to get an instruction manual.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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But how do you clean it? It seems like bacon grease and steak juice would be going everywhere! Can I put a grill pan on top of it and use it as the heat source or making steaks or will this not get hot enough??
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
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I don't think that would work.

One reason I suggested getting an instruction manual was to see what it said about cleaning and possibly removability. Maybe there is a release button you haven't found yet.

What brand is the stove? How old is it? Do you know the model name/number?
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:07 PM   #5
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I will dig in the attic tomorrow to see if I can find the manual. It's a kitchenaid gas range, about 4-5 years old now. I just saw the serial/model inside the oven door and can prob find info online - oi - I dont like this oven/stove ... for sure not one I would have picked!
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
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Check this out:

KitchenAid®: Welcome to KitchenAid.com

Click on the "+" sign where the griddle is.
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:35 PM   #7
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Okay, I think I am clearly missing an attachment to my griddle. It's just a flat, direct heat source. I agree that something needs to sit on top of it... I would think.
Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:28 AM   #8
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... for sure not one I would have picked!
oy! I'd love to have one. Can always send it my way if you'd like.
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