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Pot/saucepan for use on top of a griddle?

zach272 Nov 13, 2008 02:31 PM

I'm helping start a small restaurant in my dorm. We have no oven or range, but we do have a standard restaurant gas griddle. What I'm wondering is: is it possible to use the griddle as a range - that is, fire up the griddle and cook in pots and pans placed directly on it? Are there saucepans or stock pots specifically designed for this purpose? Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

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  1. Joe Blowe RE: zach272 Nov 13, 2008 03:56 PM

    You have a "standard restaurant *gas* griddle" in your dorm room? Why? How? Who?

    And, yes, you can use pots and pans on top of a griddle (much like a french top) -- it's just that it's one of the least efficient methods of cooking.

    You guys can't scrape enough money together for a couple of hot plates?




    You can find the electric coil models at Target for about 10 bucks, the gas burners at your local Asian grocery store for about 15 bucks, or maybe you can ask ask Santa for the induction model (safest of all).

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    1. re: Joe Blowe
      zach272 RE: Joe Blowe Nov 13, 2008 07:00 PM

      It's in a common area, not my dorm room (although I suppose I can dream)...

      as for the hot plate, yes, that's the obvious choice - but hot plates may apparently bring up some problems with city code (i.e., we'd have to get a variance)

      1. re: zach272
        jerry i h RE: zach272 Nov 14, 2008 07:11 PM

        Well, yeah, any ol' pot or pan can be stuck on a griddle to cook. Note big time, however, that this is REALLY slow. If you are trying to boil a pot of water to cook pasta or make a pot of soup or stew, you will be there literally all day to get the water to boil. You are definitely going to need a gas burner; it may be more time and effort, but it is hard for me to imagine any successful foodservice facility w/o one, and I have worked more than once with primitve facilities in the kitchen in the field, and a gas burner is always sine qua non.

    2. RShea78 RE: zach272 Nov 14, 2008 10:00 PM

      Forget about getting much sympathy from the health department if they feel your griddle arrangement would cause some food products to be cooked in an unsafe manor. It would be unlikely for the griddle to take soup (for example) from the refrigerated temps to boiling in the proper amount of time. I believe you may need either some hot plate burners or some NSF rated cookers that can bring food items up to temp quick enough.

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