Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Today's Kool Idea: Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle

The Daily Kool is always looking for quirky snippets of information to help inspire us with "kool" ideas. According to, today is the anniversary of the first pancake ever made in New York City (1882). Our family loves these gluttonous little flippers...they are an easy, inexpensive and delicious breakfast (or lunch...or dinner). Sunday is the official pancake day in our household..there is just something about them that inspire a family to sit and eat together. Unfortunately, as our family (okay, and waistlines) continues to grow, one frying pan simply is not big enough to keep up with pancake demand. And really...who wants to clean more than one pan on a Sunday morning...or ever for that matter?

The Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle saved the day for us. We do have to confess that it was not our first griddle purchase. We started out with one of those large griddles that go across two burners with disastrous results..we just couldn't get it to cook evenly at all on our glass stovetop. We found the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle for around $50...perhaps a little expensive, but such a great investment in our household! For the cost of about two family trips to the local IHOP, we can now finally all sit down and enjoy a pancake breakfast together at home. The Daily Kool chose the largest (it's really huge!) Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle (24") for our family, but you can choose a size (and price) that works best for you. Since we cheerfully admit to our ineptness at putting things together, we like that there was no assembly involved with this product. Since we like to use butter to add flavor when making pancakes, we have never truly tested the non-stick finish. What we can tell you is that the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle is convenient, completely immersible for cleaning (and dishwasher safe) and a real time-saver. The temperature gauge is pretty accurate...there are some slightly cooler spots, but we just move the pancakes around while cooking to ensure evenness. We can't quite figure out why we still get a black residue on our hands when touching the bottom, though...okay, maybe we're being petty here, but hey...we never said we weren't shallow.

An electric griddle is a must have kitchen item for any family of 4 or more. The Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle was a terrific choice for The Daily Kool household. Sure, it works great with pancakes, but it's also fabulous for grilled cheese, french toast, eggs, etc. It also allows us to have plenty of room to occasionally get creative and use our pancake molds for the kids. Our Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle even inspired us to search for some terrific pancake recipes. Forever loyalists to Alton Brown from The Food Network, we have given you his yummy instant pancake mix recipe. Enjoy!

6 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar

Combine all of the ingredients in a sealed container (check out our Lock and Lock post). Shake well to mix...use within 3 months.

Ingredients for "Instant" Pancakes:
2 eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups "instant pancake mix", recipe above
butter, for greasing pan

  1. Heat your Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the egg whites and buttermilk in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the melted butter.
  3. Whisk the buttermilk mixture with the egg yolk mixture in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour liquid ingredients on top of the pancake mix (in another bowl). Mix the batter just enough to combine...don't try to work out all the lumps.
  5. Lightly butter the griddle, and wipe off immediately with a paper towel.
  6. Ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle. When bubbles begin to set around the edges and the griddle-side of the cake is golden, gently flip the pancakes. Cook for 2-3 minutes until pancake is set. Serve immediately.

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