As you know by reading this review of the Cuisinart Griddler, that it is a great little appliance to have in your home. Here is a quick reference guide to using the Griddler.
Before the first use
Remove all of the packing materials. Carefully check the grill for additional labels or stickers. Check all the parts against the parts list that is in the manual.
Before using, take a damp cloth and wipe the base, cover and controls of the Griddler. Also be sure to clean the drip tray, cook plates and scraping/cleaning tool. Those items are dishwasher safe.
Setup of your new Cuisinart Grill
Place your new Griddler on a clean flat surface where you plan on cooking with it.
How to set the drip tray: Follow the instructions on the drip tray and carefully slide it into the base.
How to insert the cooking plates: To adjust to the flat position, you will need to left the hinge release lever. Next, slide the plate underneath the metal brackets and push down on the front end of the cooking plate. If you are only going to use one plate for cooking, Cuisinart recommends using the bottom plate for best results.
Plug the Griddler into an outlet.
Turn the Selector knob for the function you wish to use. Griddle or Grill/Panini. The power is on when the red indicator light is illuminated.
Using the temperature dials: To set it at your desired temperature, turn the corresponding temperature dial. Preheat the Griddler in the closed position for best results.
When the Griddler reaches the preset temperature, the green light will then go on. You are now ready to begin cooking. Do not touch the plates or cover at this point since they will now be hot. Safety note: Each temperature dial will control the top and bottom plates at the same time. Both plates will cook at the same temperature.
There are five different ways to cook on the Cuisinart Griddler, that’s what makes this grill so versatile!
Contact Grill You can cook hamburgers, vegetables and boneless meats by resting the top cover on top of the food until it has reached the desired temperature for cooking.
Panini Press (my favorite use of the Griddler) To grill quesadillas, sandwiches and breads, you simply rest the top cover on top of the food. You may press it down to heat it up to your personal liking.
Full Grill You can open up the Griddler so both plate are flat. Use this to cook burgers, poultry, steaks and vegetables.
Full Griddle This is for you morning people. Put the Griddler in the flat open position to cook eggs, pancakes, hash browns and other breakfast meats.
Half Grill/ Half Griddle When you want to cook bacon and eggs or steak and potatoes at the same time, use the griddle plate on one side and the grill plate on the other in the flat open position.
Cleaning and care of your Cuisinart Griddler
Before cleaning your Griddler, allow it about 30 minutes for it to cool down completely.
Turn the Selector Dials to the off position and remover the plug from the outlet.
Use the cleaning/scraping tool that came with your unit to remove food from the cooking plates. Do not use knives or forks or any metal objects to clean the plates. Also do not use a scouring pad either.
Once the drip tray has cooled, dispose of the grease trapped in it.
Removing the Cooking Plates: When the unit is in the flat position, press the plate release button that is on the right side of the housing and slide the plate out from under the metal brackets.
For your convenience, the drip tray, cooking plates and the cleaning/scraping tool can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning. You may also do it by hand too.
After it has cooled down and you are done using it, you may wipe the housing, cover and controls with a soft dry cloth.
There you have the quick start guide to using your new Cuisinart 5 in 1 Griddler. More detailed instructions can be found in the free instruction booklet that comes with your unit.