Using an Electric Skillet

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Electric skillets are an easy way to expand your kitchen cooking surfaces. It's great for any dish that would use a frying pan.
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I remember our first electric frying pan from the late 50s. It's legs were shorter than today's models so the heating element was closer to the countertop surface. And yet, with those shorter legs, I don't remember any particular build up of heat on the countertop.

My kitchen has been gutted. The only thing left is the cabinet holding the sink. Here, I was trying out my new wiring with a new electric fry pan. (Why not use my new stove, instead? Well, my old receptacle was 3 pronged, so I bought a 3 pronged cord for the new stove. The receptacle died before I could use my new stove. City code requires new receptacles be 4 pronged and I've yet to get a 4 pronged cord).

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Anyway, I fried a pound of bacon in my new fry pan (not all at once). When I had finished, I lifted the pan and put it in the sink for washing. When I did, I noticed a lot of heat build up to the Formica countertop. I believe there was enough heat to cause the Formica to loosen and buckle. I know the Formica is very resistant to heat, but I'm not so sure about the adhesive used to glue it down.

My new cabinets and countertops are on the way, so if there was heat damage to the old countertops, there's no problem. But you can be sure, when I use this fry pan on my new countertops, I will put a marble slab down to set the fry pan on.

It's the little things that bug me the most. Why would a new fry pan with longer legs cause more heat buildup to the countertop than the older type with shorter legs? Go figure. Anyway, you might want to check to see just how much buildup of heat takes place under your fry pan. It might save you countertop replacement.

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January 31, 2011

An electric fry pan can be used to thaw stew meat. Place the frozen meat in the fry pan and cover with the lid. Turn the pan to the warm setting. When the meat is thawed, drain the liquid out and add a bit of oil. The meat can be browned in the pan to add to a crock pot soup or stew for less clean up.

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October 20, 2010

This is a combination of Spanish Rice and Stuffed Peppers. My kids ate everything, but my spousal unit was a picky eater. He didn't like bell peppers and the rest of us loved them. He would eat the filling from the stuffed pepper and leave the 'shell'.

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I recently moved in with my boyfriend and there isn't a stove/oven in this apartment. I am so used to one and its a challenge at times. I have managed to make Enchiladas, Stuffed Manicotti, Alfredo, and normal things like burgers. I am dying to cook more but don't know where to start. We are on a strict budget as well, so that puts a damper on things. Oh how I miss my frozen pizzas. Someone help, please! I would like dinner recipes for an electric skillet.

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful
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Tonight we are having, in a skillet, home made salmon cakes. Last night we had bacon for sandwiches. Before that we had ham and cabbage. Other meals are, Spanish rice, also chicken /w noodles,broccoli, & mushroom soup. Chili, vegetable soup, creamed hamburg on toast, all home made from scratch.

Chipped ham BBQ sandwiches. Manwich sandwiches. Philly cheese steak sandwiches. Rubin sandwiches. Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Frozen pizza ought to work out if you are careful with the heat. Maybe use a lid?

All this and much more, from my dining room table.

I have a griddle I use also.

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By Doreen (Guest Post)
February 12, 20090 found this helpful
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Try making hashbrown potatoes. Make it with ham or sausage or whatever you like. You can cut up some potatoes in country home style (in pieces as opposed to shredded). Add some cooking spray and water to the skillet before adding the potatoes. Cook the potatoes on low heat. If and when the potatoes are not soft yet when the water dries up, add some more water.

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Repeat them until the potatoes are soft. Once they are soft, add more spray or butter and add some onion, salt and pepper, ham, eggs and you can also add some cheese if you prefer. Good luck! Hamburger/chicken helpers might help. Also look up recipes for skillet pizzas. Hope this helps.

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By Joan (Guest Post)
February 12, 20090 found this helpful
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Poor Man's Shepherd's Pie.

l lb 90% ground meat and a chopped onion - saute till done chopping up the meat with a spatula

Then add 2 can/jars beef gravy with enough water to make a kind of sauce. Add 1 can/pkg frozen corn kernels.

OR

Add 2 cans condensed tomato soup plus water and 1 can/pkg frz. green cut beans.

Both are served over mashed potatoes you can now purchase all made in the supermarket. They are good.

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful
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All of the hamburger helper things can be made in the electric fry pan. You can also convert some types of casserole recipes to this method. I have one where I fry up a pound of hamburger and a sliced onion, add a can of mushroom soup, 3 cans of water, about a cup of macaroni, and 3 or 4 sliced carrots.

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Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots and macaroni are cooked and all the water is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. You can cover with grated Cheddar, and put on the cover till the cheddar melts. This was originally a layered casserole, but I just adapted it to the one pan cooking like hamburger helper.

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By AuntyC (Guest Post)
February 12, 20090 found this helpful
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You don't have to do without frozen pizza. I "fry" mine all the time on the stove, so you can do the same with your electric skillet. I generally keep a lid on the pizza until the cheese melts, then crisp up the bottom. Use low heat and watch carefully. It's really good.

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September 10, 2008

I have a Farberware electric skillet that needs the grease and gunk removed from the bottom. I cannot soak it because it is electrical. What on earth can I use to get all this baked on grease off?

Bev from Lincoln, Nebraska

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September 10, 20081 found this helpful
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You might try using - now this sounds weird, but it works - "Shout" Laundry Spray. It really dissolves cooked, hardened grease. You might have to let it soak for a bit. I've use it on my stove to get that stubborn brown grease that has been heated. Careful how you spray it on your electric appliance and clean off the residue with a little water and cloth. Hope it works for you.

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By Chap (Guest Post)
September 10, 20080 found this helpful
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I have had great success with this. Put plain water in your skillet while cool. Turn on the skillet and as the water boils gently scrape the bottom of the pan with a temperature safe plastic spatula. After you have loosened the particles carefully unplug it and empty it into your sink. Run hot water and some detergent into the drain to keep it from clogging after emptying your pan. Good luck and God bless

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful
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Easy Off oven cleaner should do the job. I've used it on my cookware and it does a great job.

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September 11, 20080 found this helpful
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Barkeeper's Friend works well also. It might need a little elbow grease to go with it though. I'm thinking the Easy Off would be a good choice also.

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By Loretta B. (Guest Post)
September 11, 20082 found this helpful
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Hi, I have the same electric skillet and I love it. I clean the bottom outside with Awesome. I get this at the 99 cent store. I spray it on, let it sit a couple of minutes and then lightly scrub with a non scratch cleaning pad. It cleans it with hardly any effort. I clean the bottom inside with a paper towel to remove any grease. Then I put about a 1/2 inch of water in it and heat it up until it boils. I let it boil for about 2 minutes, then turn it off. I let it cool for several minutes, and then gently take my spatula for teflon pans and scrape off anything that was stuck on the bottom. I pour out the water and wipe the pan clean. Loretta

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I need a recommendation on a good Electric Skillet to buy. The one I had broke after many years of faithful service and is no longer manufactured. RIP. Would anyone like to suggest a stainless vs a non-stick? Otherwise, what are your non-stick recommendations?

Holly Gates from Richardson, TX

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July 27, 20060 found this helpful
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I would look for one with these features:

1. Can be (unplugged obviously!) and submerged to wash without damaging the electrical parts.
2. Has a clear glass lid so that you can see the contents without lifting the lid and letting steam escape.

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July 27, 20060 found this helpful
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I have a GE electric skillet(non-stick), which I've had for several years. Works fine.
Ref: the non-stick surface - just don't use metal spatulas, etc. I got a set- spatula, spoons(1 sloted, 1 regular) that are intended for non-stick surfaces.

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July 28, 20060 found this helpful
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I have had a Farberware electric frying pan ...which is completely stainless steel (without the worry of poisonous telfon coatings ) for over 20 years. They are easy to clean (filled with hot, soapy water ) and can be fully immersed in water or a dishwasher by removing the detachable plug element. I cannot rave enough about this item !
In fact, I "gift" them to all the newlyweds when invited to their wedding showers.
I wouldn't do without this appliance and feel everyone should possess one.
Enjoy this rainbow-filled day !

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I have a Corning Ware electric skillet. The heating element goes under the flat casserole like skillet. It has a glass lid. It is easy to clean, the skillet part can go in the dishwasher. I've had it for 10 years or so and works well. One plus is the skillet part can be used in the oven also.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By Vi (Guest Post)
June 29, 20080 found this helpful
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Had Farberward Millennium electric skillet - one of the legs fell off after a couple of years and warrantee ran out. Still use it because it is a great skillet - but every 6 months or so we have to stick one of the 3 legs back on.

Any ideas?

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Can an egg be boiled in an electric skillet?

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I'm having trouble with a new electric skillet that I got for Christmas. I have washed it several times and can not get the "new smell" out of it. It's making everything I cook in it have that "new smell" taste. I have even cooked onions and garlic in it thinking that would do it, but to no avail. I have heated it with and without oil and even tried bacon grease.

I just don't know what else to do. I thought I had conquered it last week and made fried potatoes and onions in it and they too tasted like burned plastic. I have never had this happen to me in all the years of cooking with new items. I am at the end of my rope and my daughter thinks I don't like it (she got it for me). Please help me out with this one.

By marisa from MD

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January 22, 20100 found this helpful

I suggest to return it to the place she got it from, good luck.

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February 9, 2015

Can you cook brownies in an electric skillet?

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May 16, 2013

This page is about making cookies on an electric griddle. Energy can be saved by cooking on a griddle instead of heating up the oven.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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