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70's Style Groovy Electric Skillet/Frier/Broiler/Griddle...- Who makes one now?

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In the 70's, my mother frequently used a "groovy" kitchen gadget called an electric skillet. She prepared many meals in this thing-she fried, sauteed, braised, griddled... just about everything. And the top had an additional heating element that broiled (or really just browned) stuff. It was about 14''x14'' or so. And it wasn't expensive or high-tech. I think it was "non-stick".

I'd like to find this thing,but the ones I've seen in the stores don't have the top heating/broiling element, and they seem so much more "serious" and expensive then the one mom used. Anybody familiar w/what I'm talking about? Do you have a similar gadget that you like?

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    1. re: fourunder

      I have never seen an electric skillet with a top browner. Any models?

      1. re: lagatta

        http://cgi.ebay.com/VERY-NICE-SEARS-E...

        http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-THERM-O-W...

        1. re: fourunder

          OMG! I've never been on e-bay before. The first one (the Sears thing) is the closest to mom's but her's was orange w/a really groovy black wavy pattern on the outside! But the concept was the same. Thanks for the throwback, but I'm dying to know why they don't make these things anymore, as it seems that the electric skillet/broiler idea is DEAD! Maybe I'll start a post about cool culinary gadgets that should be revived.

          1. re: stuck in Hartford County

            I've never seen onbe of those. But I do have a broiler that has the plug on top part. the bottom is just to hold the meat. Suppose, if it fit, it could be used on a deeper pan. I rarely use it. You could have it if you want to pay for postage. Don't think it's extremely old, though. sjfsjfischer@juno.com

    2. The OP's nearby where we are. Every spring, West Hartford's full of tag sales and estate sales. I guarantee that in 2-3 weekends you'll be able to find any kind of electric skillet you want. Probably one that was used once, in 1980, and then put back in the box.

      We love to go to yard sales. I've picked up a couple of vintage waffle irons over the years, toaster ovens, a percolator, etc.

      Just a suggestion.

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      1. re: shaogo

        a percolator.....

        The second best cup of coffee.....the first is from a Cory Vacuum Brew System.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1AXmz...

        1. re: shaogo

          I am a garage, yard, estate, moving sale and church/community bazaar fanatic, and while I've seen many electric frying pans, woks and skillets from the 1950s to the present day, I've never come across one with a broiler.

          1. re: shaogo

            Really? I never thought of yard sales, but it's a pretty good idea. Thanks, shaogo! I wonder if there are culinary themed yard sales?...

            1. re: shaogo

              Shaogo is right. I scored one today at an estate sale in West Simsbury, for $2. It's a Sears and it's Avocado Green, with a broiler element in the lid. Happy hunting!

            2. My mom had one too and used it all the time. I can't believe these things haven't made a comeback. I would love to have one. It would be like having an additional burner or oven.

              1. I have an electric skillet with the broiler lid - exactly what you have described. I have had it since the 70's. It is a Hoover Electric Fry Skillet Model B3009. Just this week the temperature control on the UniProbe plug-in broke and I am trying to locate a replacement (no luck so far). That is how I found your post. It has a Gold colored lid with removable broiler element, a warming tray and a broiler rack. I love it and am so depressed that the temperature UniProbe plug-in has broke after all these years of wonderful use. Good luck in finding one. You might try EBay.

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                1. re: sandmack55

                  That's it! Thanks for the details. I wonder if you can find some electrical nerd to "jerry-rig" it to work again- it really rocked. Makes me want to start a post re:out of date appliances/kitchen implements that NEED to be brought back today. The same as they were (simple/unfooledaroundwith).

                  1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                    Like the simple, two-setting crockpot I paid $1 for at a community bazaar? It has already made duck confit as well as soup stock from bones.

                    1. re: lagatta

                      Yeah, like that! And my cheap electric kettle from college...no buttons, just plug or unplug! Ridiculously easy.

                2. look at item #320471655479 at ebay; the auction ended, but that is the Hoover STainless Electric Fry Pan Skillet with Broiler lid, Model #B3009.

                  Is that what you're looking for?

                  Once you do a search in ebay, you can 'save the search' and specify for ebay to email you whenever a similar posting is available.

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                  1. re: mtpaper

                    Don't have the Sears model number but they had one that's virtually interchangeable with the Hoover. If I can get that, I'll post it later.

                  2. I just found your post while looking for info on one that my mother just gave me this weekend! It a stainless steel one from Sears that has a broiling element in the lid. I am looking for the instructions for it. I know I can figure it out, but it would be nice to have them. Good luck in your search.

                    1. The skillet I think you are looking for is the "Hoover" skillet. I have one currently----it has a broiler coil that hooks to the top for broiling or browning. Stainless steel, detatchable legs. It was my mothers and was purchased in the 60's. Love it!!!!!!!! Wish they would make more.

                      1. A friend cleaning out the home of late parents gave me one identical to this:
                        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Westi...

                        I have not used it yet because it has taken me two days to figure out that it is both a broiler and a frying pan. I tried in vain to figure out how to attach the element beneath the pan....eventually noticed that the lid said "broiler lid" and readily assembled that part....then went on eBay to see if there was a recipe guide, saw the identical pan listed, and read that it is also a frying pan. Only then did I realize that there's another, built-in element inside the pan. This thing looks like it got a lot of use - the nonstick coating is quite worn - but my friend's mother was legendary for her bad cooking so that is no endorsement for the efficacy of the pan.

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                        1. re: greygarious

                          Love my electric skillet! I have not had as much success with the broiler lid, but an electric skillet makes pancakes, eggs, chops and other things so easy to do because the heat is exact and consistent.

                        2. I have the fry pan but need new legs for it. Guessing I tossed the broiler part years ago.

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                          1. re: ncbock

                            Prop it up on 4 clay bricks, or set it on a baking stone.

                            1. re: ncbock

                              You can likely find new legs (and lots of other parts) by trolling ebay. The Hoover B3009 is very similar to the Sears model (don't have that handy) and almost everything I've seen would be interchangeable, even though the broiler lid handle looks smaller and doesn't have all the tilt features the Hoover's has. When I broke the legs on my Sears model, I found a Hoover on ebay that had everything but the electric plug and got it pretty reasonably.