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Whats the best equipment to cook high volume pancakes?

Asked by jacbra (25points) May 27th, 2012

What is the best equipment to cook high volume pancakes?

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CWOTUS's avatar

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Your question seems ambiguous to me: Are you trying to cook “a high volume of” pancakes, or “big pancakes”?

some_mascot's avatar

The conventional suggestion would be a big electric griddle/skillet.

When our electric skillet broke a couple of years back my wife took a large cookie sheet with a lip, laid it over 2 of the eyes of our gas stove and cooked an entire pound of bacon in one go. We had to cook 3 pounds of bacon for a big family breakfast that day and only had 1 normal sized skillet. It made some weird marks on the bottom of the pan, but the concept would probably work better with pancakes since you aren’t dealing with hot grease. If I had to do it again, I would have put aluminum foil under the pan to protect it and thought through beforehand how to get rid of a full pound of bacon grease, just my experience.

Otherwise, buy an electric skillet, they are damned handy to have in the cabinet.

bewailknot's avatar

A rectangular griddle pan which goes over 2 burners. If you can borrow a second one you are in business.

wallabies's avatar

What exactly do you mean by “high volume”....

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jacbra's avatar

HIgh Volume. Name of good Industrial griddle for high volume pancake business in mall

jacbra's avatar

Also would like to know what makes a perfect pancake in your opinion?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@jacbra One more question…what country? The reason for asking is that in the US, pancakes look like this. In the UK, pancakes look like this.

wallabies's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Do they really call those pancakes rather than crepes?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@wallabies Indeed. Shrove Tuesday, a.k.a. Pancake Day, is all about crepes.

Judi's avatar

Are you asking for commercial or home use?

jacbra's avatar

USA Pancakes…..yes commercial high volume

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thank you for the additional information.

I cannot address the answer about which brand of griddle might be the best. Here is what I can tell you from personal experience as a former breakfast cook in several locations.

Product Ask the cooks in commercial establishments what they like and dislike about the make/model that they use. Read reviews. Make sure you find one that can easily be serviced in your area. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for keeping it clean and calibrated. It can really throw the timing off when the edges are cooler while the middle cooks much faster.

Utensils Invest in a couple of pancake batter dispensers. Good ones. They provide consistency on the size of the pancakes.

The Perfect Pancakes For me, they are IHOP’s Harvest Grain & Nut pancakes. Fresh fruit is also a plus, like bananas or blueberries. Butter or margarine is desired, but I prefer to control how much is applied, so best if it is on the side, plus at room temperature. I do like IHOP’s pecan flavored syrup. For beverages, orange juice is nice; coffee is a must.

wallabies's avatar

I don’t know brands either, but I would be looking for something with a large flat cast iron surface. I’ve seen it before but don’t know the name.

jacbra's avatar

@Pied Pfeffer…...EXCELLENT….thank you…..You have given me very valuable information especially about making sure we can get service if something goes wrong.

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