@The_Tim Have you considered/tried cast iron? In my experience, ceramic coatings lose their non-stick properties after about a month of regular use, but cast iron keeps working forever (well, at least ten years, I haven’t tried one forever). And is cheap. You can get a cast iron double-griddle from Target for like $15, if you can bear to go into a Target.
@narfcake@ravenblack I have one like that too, but the logo is larger so it is not as old. I use it a lot. I also have a Lodge cast iron griddle. One thing that surprised me was the uneven distribution of heat on stove top or camp stove. I fixed that by putting two pieces of sheet metal about 6" square on the burners to act as diffusers. That works great and I’m happy to have a non-stick griddle that stands up to a metal spatula.
@HankB33@narfcake@ravenblack I’ve used black iron for as long as I’ve been cooking, including half a dozen skillets. I bought one or two pieces new, but most were inherited - the oldest one tracing back to my great-grandmother (and I don’t know if she got it new).
The uneven heating upsets a popular myth about black iron - that it heats evenly. Black iron is great at storing heat (which provides a stable cooking surface), but that very property slows down how quickly heat propagates across the piece.
I use that to my advantage with my workhorse 12" Lodge skillet. I’ll set it on the burner off center so that I can saute on one side of the pan and shove food (as it cooks) against the opposite side to stay hot without overcooking.
DARN IT! I want this one but I bought the smaller one last time for $24. This is the deal to get. Thanks for nothing, Meh! (Except of course for the excellent smaller version I bought last time. Thank you for that. It is indeed quite nice for pancakes and hamburgers and is truly nonstick).
Made pancakes with mine this weekend. Came out perfectly. Non-stick as advertised – no butter or anything, just batter on griddle. I was curious about the almost-not-there-handles though. Are there accessories for this thing that might make it easier to move when hot? Like handles?
@therealjrn Yeah, well, that was my go to. My previous griddle had handles (that stayed cool) so I instantly missed that feature. My thinking was that these flanges are small, but with the hole there could be some intended purpose other than a minimum holder.