Electric Skillets

Chances are your mother or grandmother always had an electric skillet in her kitchen and used it for making everything from fried chicken to pancakes. Mom knew something that is just as applicable to home cooks today: an electric skillet is a versatile cook surface and a welcome addition to any kitchen. Electric fry pans are essentially an extra cooking surface, freeing up your stove top for other creations. But they are more than that. Electric skillets use less energy than conventional stove-top burners. They don’t heat up the kitchen like the stove top and oven tend to, and they can hold a steadier temperature than a pan on the stove for even and efficient cooking. What’s more, electric skillets are portable. Take an electric fry pan along with you to a potluck, campsite or tailgating party. It is a welcome sight on your countertop, or it can be easily stored in a cabinet.

As far as what kinds of foods you can prepare in an electric skillet, think of a stove-top skillet and then add more. Especially if you choose a model by Cuisinart that has a generous 14" diameter. This size of electric skillet is great for entertaining or when cooking for large groups. With an electric skillet you can fry doughnuts, grill fish, make a batch of meatballs with tomato sauce and create a fruit cobbler for dessert. Boil spuds for mashed potatoes and make stuffing, sear hamburgers and make chicken and broccoli stir fry. The options are nearly endless. Use your electric skillet for reheating leftovers as well as keeping your meal warm while you finish preparing the side dishes and setting the table.

The electric skillet’s lid allows you to slow simmer sauces and hold in juices while cooking vegetables and meats. You can use it to cook a juicy meat loaf as well as tender roast beef with vegetables. The temperature control dial on an electric skillet lets you go from warm to up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, with variable temperatures in between for cooking different foods. An indicator light turns off when the preset temperature is reached as well. Since this cook surface uses electricity, it is also environmentally friendly. Cleanup is simplified as well. Many electric skillets have nonstick surfaces that are free of harmful chemicals, making it easy to wipe clean with a non-abrasive sponge and mild soap. The outside is wiped clean after each use, and the lid is easily washed in the sink or may be dishwasher-safe as well.