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Compact in size but big in features, Cuisinart's countertop Griddler offers five-in-one functionality as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. The stylish brushed stainless-steel housing looks sleek and modern in the kitchen and features a wide panini-style handle and a hinged floating cover that adjusts to various food thicknesses. On the base, two temperature controls and a function selector are clearly marked and have indicator lights for quick reference and accurate, no-guesswork operation. Open the cover and customize the cooking surface with removable and reversible nonstick grill and griddle plates that snap in and out easily and drain grease to an integrated drip tray for healthier cooking. The Griddler also comes with gourmet recipes and a cleaning scraper tool. The cooking plates, drip tray, and scraper all go safely into the dishwasher. Limited three-year warranty. The Cuisinart Griddler is actually five appliances in one. A hinged, floating cover and one set of removable and reversible cooking plates turn the Griddler into a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, or half grill/half griddle. Dual temperature controls and indicator lights make this product easy to use. Dishwasher-safe plates, integrated drip tray and a cleaning/scraping tool make cleanup fast and easy.
The Cuisinart Griddler makes "multifunctional" an understatement! Make perfect panini... plus! With four separate cooking options, it can handle everything from pancakes to sausages to grilled cheese to steaks, hamburgers and panini. It helps you prepare more servings of more kinds of food in less time, so you can cook for a crowd -- no one has to wait! Simply change the cooking plates and adjust the floating hinge to use the Griddler as a Contact Grill, a Panini Press, or your choice of an extra-large double Open Grill or Griddle.
With five cooking options, it can handle everything from pancakes and sausages to grilled cheese, steaks, hamburgers and panini. A floating cover and one set of reversible plates that snap in and out turn the Griddler into a Contact Grill, a Panini Press, a Full Grill, a Full Griddle, or Half Grill / Half Griddle. Dishwasher safe, reversible nonstick plates switch from Grill to Griddle, designed to drain grease from food for healthy cooking. Dual temperature controls ensure everything is perfectly cooked!
Before First Use
Before using your Cuisinart Griddler for the first time, remove any dust from shipping by wiping the base, cover and controls with a damp cloth. Thoroughly clean cooking plates, drip tray and scraping tool. The plates, drip tray and cleaning tool are dishwasher safe. Refer to assembly Instructions for plate removal.
Parts and Features:
1. Base and Cover
Solid construction with stainless steel self-adjusting cover
2. Panini-Style Handle
Sturdy cast-metal handle adjusts cover to accommodate thickness of food
3. Removable and Reversible Cooking Plates
Nonstick and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup
a. Grill Side: Perfect for grilling steak, burgers, chicken and vegetables
b. Griddle Side: Prepare flawless pancakes, eggs, bacon and seared scallops
Indicator lights signal Power On and Ready to Cook
Choose the Grill/Panini or Griddle function
Adjust temperature from “warm” to “sear”
Adjust temperature from 200ºF to 425ºF (95°C to 220°C).
5. Drip Tray
Collects grease and removes from base for easy cleanup (dishwasher safe)
6. Cleaning/Scraping Tool
Helps clean grill and griddle plates after cooking
7. Plate Release Buttons
Push in to release and remove cooking plates.
8. Hinge release Lever
Allows the cover to extend back for cooking in the flat position
9. Bpa free
All materials that come in contact with food and/or liquid are BPA free.
The Griddler does it all:
The Griddler is the ultimate kitchen appliance, offering you five separate cooking options. Simply flip the reversible cooking plates and adjust the hinge to use as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, or half grill/half griddle.
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Use the Griddler as a Contact Grill to cook burgers, boneless pieces of meat and thin cuts of meat and vegetables.
The Contact Grill function works best when you want to cook something in a short amount of time or when you are looking for a healthy method of grilling. When cooked on the contact grill, food will cook quickly because you are grilling both sides of the food at the same time. The ribs on the grill side of the plates, combined with the grease spout at the rear of the plate, allow the grease to drip from the meat and drain off the plates.
When the Griddler is used as a Contact Grill, the grill side of the plates is recommended. Rest the cover evenly on top of the food until it has reached the desired cooked temperature. The Griddler was designed with a unique handle and hinge that allow the cover to adjust to the thickness of the food. You can easily grill anything from a thinly sliced potato to a thick sirloin steak with even results.
When cooking more than one food item in the Contact Grill, it is important that the thickness of food items is consistent so the cover will close evenly on the food.
Use the Griddler as a Panini Press to grill sandwiches, breads and quesadillas.
The word “panini” is Italian for grilled sandwiches. Panini can include any combination of ingredients such as vegetables, meat and cheese layered between two pieces of fresh-baked bread. The sandwich is then pressed between two grill or griddle plates to toast the bread and warm the sandwich. Experiment to make a variety of savory or sweet sandwiches for any meal. We recommend using fresh-baked bread to produce the best tasting panini. Popular breads used for panini are focaccia (a flat bread frequently baked with rosemary, salt and onion on top), michetta (a small round roll with a crisp crust), ciabatta (a rectangular bread with a slightly domed crust) and thick slices of classic Italian bread.
When the Griddler is used as a Panini Press, the grill side of the plates is recommended. We recommend the grill side of the plates because traditional-style panini sandwiches have grill marks on the bread. However, depending upon the type of sandwich you are preparing, you may wish to use the griddle side of the plates or any combination of the two. The Griddler unctions as a panini press in the same manner that it functions as a Contact Grill. The Griddler was designed with a unique handle and hinge that allow the cover to adjust to the thickness of the sandwich you are preparing, and to rest there evenly. Light pressure can be applied to the handle to press and heat the sandwich to your liking.
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When cooking two or more panini, it is important that the thickness of the sandwiches is consistent so the cover will close evenly on the panini.
Use the Griddler as a Full Grill to cook burgers, steak, poultry (we do not recommend cooking bone-in chicken, since it does not cook evenly on a Full Grill), fish and vegetables.
Full Grill refers to using the Griddler with the cover lying flat, creating a double, flat cooking surface. In this position, the foods you are grilling will have to be turned over for cooking. When the Griddler is used as a Full Grill, the grill side of the plates should be used.
Cooking on the Full Grill is the most versatile method of using the Griddler.
With the Full Grill, you have double the surface area (200 sq. inches or 500 cm2) for grilling. You have the option of cooking different types of foods on separate plates without combining their flavours, or cooking large amounts of the same type of food.
The Full Grill also accommodates different cuts of meat with varying thicknesses, allowing you to cook each piece to your liking.
Use the Griddler as a Full Griddle to cook pancakes, eggs, French toast, hash browns and breakfast meats.
When you use the Griddler as a Full Griddle, open the cover so it lies flat, creating a double, flat cooking surface. In this position, the foods you are preparing will have to be turned over for cooking. When using this cooking function, the griddle side of the plates should be used.
Cooking on the Full Griddle is a wonderful way to prepare breakfast for two or for a large family. The large surface area allows you to cook a variety of different foods at the same time, or large amounts of your favourite food.
Half Grill/Half Griddle
Use the Griddler as a Half Grill/Half Griddle in order to create full meals like bacon and eggs or steak and potatoes at the same time.
When using the Griddler as a Half Grill/Half Griddle, simply place the unit in the flat position and insert one plate with the grill side facing up, and another plate with the griddle side facing up. This cooking option allows you to use either the grill/panini temperature or the griddle temperature selector.
Place Griddler on a clean flat surface where you intend to cook. The Griddler can be positioned in three ways:
Closed Position – Upper plate/cover rests flat on lower plate/base. This is your starting and heating position when using the Contact Grill or Panini Press functions.
Open Position – Upper plate/cover is open and in the 100° position. Open the cover to this position before using the Griddler as a Contact Grill or Panini Press.
To adjust the Griddler to this position, simply lift the handle until you feel it come to a locking position. The unit will stay in this position until you close the cover or continue to open it to the flat position.
The cover will stay in the upright position until you lower the handle for cooking. When this is done, the cover will release itself so that it lies flat on the top of the food you are preparing. This allows you to cook your food evenly from both top and bottom. When you lift the handle to open the Griddler after cooking, the cover will remain in the flat position, parallel with the lower plate. In order to lock the cover back into the upright position, you must close the Griddler, without any food in place, and open it again.
Flat Position – Upper plate/cover is level with lower plate/base. The upper and lower plates line up to create one large cooking surface. The Griddler is in this position when it is used as a Full Grill, Full Griddle, or Half Grill/Half Griddle.
To adjust the Griddler to this position, locate the hinge release lever on the right arm.
With your left hand on the handle, use your right hand to slide the lever toward you. Push the handle back until the cover rests flat on the counter. The unit will stay in this position until you lift the handle and cover to return it to the closed position.
If the Griddler is already in the open position and you wish to adjust it to the flat position, pull the handle slightly toward you and then lift the hinge release lever. Push the handle back until the cover rests in the flat position. Pulling the handle forward slightly before lifting the hinge release lever will take some of the pressure off of the hinge and you will be able to adjust the Griddler more easily.
To insert cooking plates
Adjust the Griddler to the flat position with the controls directly in front of you. Insert one plate at a time. Each plate is designed to fit in either the upper housing or the lower housing of the Griddler.
If you are facing the Griddler, the drip spout should be at the rear of the plate. Locate the metal brackets at the center of the housing. Tilt the back end of the plate and line up the cutouts at the back of the plate with the metal brackets. Slide the plate underneath the brackets and push down the front end of the plate. It will snap into place. Turn the Griddler around and insert the second plate on either its grill or griddle side into the upper housing as you did with the first plate.
To remove cooking plates
Once the Griddler is cooled, adjust to flat position. Locate the plate release button on one side of the unit. Press firmly on button and the plate will pop up slightly from the base. Grasp the plate with two hands, slide it out from under the metal brackets, and lift it out of the base. Press on the other plate release button to remove the other cooking plate in the same manner.
To position drip tray
One side of the base has a slot provided for the drip tray. Slide the drip tray into the base according to the instruction on the tray.
Grease from the food will run off the plates through the grease spout and into the drip tray. Grease should be safely disposed of after the Griddler has cooled down completely. The drip tray can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
The cover is made of stainless steel and will become very hot and should not be touched during or immediately following cooking. If you need to adjust the cover, be sure to use an oven mitt to prevent burns.
The lower housing is made of plastic and can become very warm. If you need to move the Griddler during cooking, be sure to handle it from the base only while wearing an oven mitt. Do not touch the cover.
Allow the Griddler to cool down before handling (at least 30 minutes).
Cleaning and maintainance
Caution: Before cleaning appliance, make sure it has cooled completely.
Once you have finished cooking, turn the Selector Dial control to the Off position and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Allow the unit to cool down for at least 30 minutes before handling.
Use the cleaning/scraping tool to remove any leftover food from the cooking plate. The scraping tool can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.
Dispose of grease from the drip tray once cooled. The drip tray can be cleaned by hand or in the dishwasher.
Press the plate release buttons to remove plates from the housing. Be sure that the plates have cooled completely before handling (at least 30 minutes). The cooking plates can be washed in the dishwasher. Do not use metallic objects such as knives or forks for cleaning. Do not use a scouring pad for cleaning; the nonstick coating can be damaged.
If you have been cooking seafood, wipe the cooking plate with lemon juice to prevent seafood flavour transferring to the next recipe.
The housing base, cover and control knobs can be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. For tough stains, dampen cloth. Never use an abrasive cleaner or harsh pad.
Any other servicing should be performed by an authorized service representative.
Limited Three-Year Warranty
We warrant that this Cuisinart product will be free of defects in material or workmanship under normal home use for 3 years from the date of original purchase.
If the appliance should become defective within the warranty period, do not return the appliance to the store. Please contact our Customer Service Centre:
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