When I cook and that is a daily thing around my house, I love to use an electric skillet. They don't seem to make the mess that cooking on top of the stove does. They are great for one dish skillet meals and you do have better control of the cooking.
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One of the electric skillets that I have tried over the years is the Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 38540 Non Stick Electric Skillet. The skillet sits low to the counter and measures approximately 16 x 12 x 7 inches. It's black with a glass lid that can be locked in place. The skillet has a pour spout for easy draining. I think having the locking devices is a nice idea and it really does come in handy for draining. Just give the skillet a quick wipe when finished and you are still cooking.
The lid is a tempered glass that has a small hole in the top for steam to escape. I like that too because the lid doesn't bobble up and down when cooking and the condensation doesn't spray all over the place.
The legs of the Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 38540 Non Stick Electric Skillet have rubber on the bottom of them so that the skillet doesn't slide around on your counter. It's hard to turn a burger when you have to chase the skillet too.
There is a probe that goes with the skillet that sets your temperature. When plugged into the side, it is hard to see and sometimes I manage to get that sucker on high thinking its on low. If I don't stand there and wait to hear how the skillet is doing, I could burn dinner. I have a couple of times because of at reason. When I am able to control the heat, the skillet heats fast and cooks evenly.
One of the major things that I don't like about the skillet is it sits so low on the counter and that means your counter gets a lot of heat.
If you have Formica countertops you can actually loosen it for its base. It will melt the glue that holds he Formica in place. I would also be careful of using it on granite too. If the granite is cool it could cause it to crack and that is something really expensive to fix. What I have done to help alleviate that problem is place the skillet on two tempered glass cutting surfaces. Since then I haven't had any problems.
After about a year of using this skillet at least once a week I am finding that the cast aluminum is beginning to warp. The food isn't cooking as well as it used to. Liquids seem to be pooling in the middle of the Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 38540 Non Stick Electric Skillet while the rest of the food is dry.
The Hamilton Beach Premiere Cookware 38540 Non Stick Electric Skillet used to be easy to clean. I would just hand wash and dry. Nothing to it. Now it takes a little more scrubbing and I am able to seen a gray ring around the bottom. The non stick portion is wearing out.
If you want to use the skillet bowl to serve directly out of by placing on the table, I wouldn't recommend it at all. The outside is still hot and someone could get burned.
For the year I have had it, it hasn't held up well at all. I feel I should get a couple of more years of service from a product that I spent $50.00, on.
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Amount Paid (US$): 50.00