I love the idea of not using two pans and a plate to cook our usual Sunday morning brunch of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. But I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit to another griddle. My previous griddle had Teflon issues, in spite of the extra great care I used in trying to preserve the flat, black, semi-shiny Teflon from the first day we got it.
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Nevertheless, I saw a sale ad for this Presto Cool Touch griddle and the price was low enough to make it worth the risk. I did wonder though - something that cheap compared to other griddles was bound to have inferior Teflon, right? Not so!
This Presto Cool Touch griddle is fabulous! Right out of the box I was amazed by the Teflon coating which has the itty bitty bumps in it that make it feel gritty and sandy but of course it's actually not. Any high-dollar, high-quality pan I've ever seen has this kind of Teflon on it. Wow - let's have breakfast for dinner I thought - I couldn't wait to try this out, it was gonna be fantastic.
And it is! I have now been using this griddle weekly for over three months and the Teflon is still as beautiful as the day we brought it home. Now let me tell you, I have been extremely intentional in caring for this Teflon. First of all, I have never used oil or any non-stick spray. The only grease that has ever touched this griddle is what cooks out of the food. Secondly, even though it is dishwasher safe, I have never put it in the dishwasher after reading someone's opinion that dishwashers broke down Teflon. So I have only hand washed my griddle with regular liquid dish soap and a mild sponge.
BEYOND THE TEFLON:
I do find the cooking area a bit smaller than I expected. I was expecting to fit eight on at a time but actually can only cook six eggs or six medium sized pancakes at a time.
Still very workable though.
The griddle itself is firmly and permanently set into a base with cool touch handles. So if you do put it in the dishwasher, you're putting the whole thing in, base included.
The power cord with integrated temperature control plugs in on the back right corner with a three prong system. Two prongs stay in the base and are received by holes in the temperature unit which has one prong sticking out of it received in the base. So, because the base doesn't come off, if you do choose to put the unit in the dishwasher, you're washing the two prongs too, and I can't help but imagine there must be some wiring running through there somehow. That's another reason I haven't jumped at the dishwasher option. I feel more secure hand washing it and taking extra caution not to run water right into the prong area. Besides, with the super non-stick surface, washing is a breeze.
The temperature control is a dial feature. I love that the red light comes on as soon as you've selected a temperature and goes off when that temperature has been reached. The markings are in fifty degree increments. I think it would be even better if there were 25 degree increments but fifty is livable and the spacing is well enough that it's not hard to figure out where the middle is to get a 25 degree increment. I also wish that when you lower the temperature the red light would indicate when the lower temp was reached. I always cook pancakes first, then bacon, then eggs. That leaves me cooking in a diminishing heat order and I'm never sure if the griddle is cool enough yet to put the next item on.
In the front center of the griddle is a grease catching tray that sits under a hole in a channel that runs around the front and sides of the griddle. This must be the best balanced griddle in the world because I have yet to have anything roll into my tray. Even fried eggs tend to run a bit but never so far as to go into the channel and down the drain.
I store mine under my cook top on an extra wide shelf. Otherwise it might be a bit of a challenge. It could store where cookie sheets are stored, depending on how thick of an area you have for them.
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