Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

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Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby Tallbald » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:52 pm

We have a selection of CI fry pans, corn stick pans and a dutch oven with lipped lid. We are going to be cargo trailer campers, so weight is not so much of an issue. I don't see much mention of grill pans here. How are they for other general cooking like frying bacon, burgers, and such? Thanks. Don
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby bobhenry » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:30 am

Use your D.O. lid it works great.

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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby Mukilteo » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:36 am

I've wondered about the grill pans too.
I all ready have a collection of skillets.
My favorite one is the one it the Smart Brockville, Ontario skillet my mom and dad got as a wedding gift.
But I still want to know how the grill pans work out.
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby parnold » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:23 pm

I have a grill pan in my trailer and one at home. I love them, and it offers a quick way to have that steak or burger if I don't feel like firing up the grill. The fat can drain off some, and the grill marks always make a steak taste better, .. right?? :thinking:
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby bc toys » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:27 am

I have what you call a grill pan 3 of them. Like cooking bacon and eggs on, but be careful with the grease seems to have more grease then that little limp will hold I set a can under the corner to catch it. But love cooking on it
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby parnold » Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:12 pm

Just for clarification.

A grill pan has raised sections in it, so it will leave "grill marks" and the fat can fall away from the meat.
A griddle is flat, with a channel around the edge to catch grease.

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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby bc toys » Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:01 am

Oh ok I must have 3 griddles and 1 grill pan :thumbsup: that I've yet to use :x . Thank for info Paul :shock: kids think I'm a cast iron junky :lol: :lol: ever time it my b'day or f'day they get me iron :D and ever time I see something I like I'll buy it for myself 8) 8) wifey said don't you have enough yet :oops: :oops: :roll: I just look at her and say nope.
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby parnold » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:15 am

I just picked up a muffin pan in cast iron at a garage sale. $3.00 was too cheap to pass up. I sand blasted it, and soaked it in vinegar for a few hours before oiling it. It will probably never be used. :lol:
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby jeporter25 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:43 am

I have a CI grill pan that is a griddle on the other side. It's a little warped but I love it. It fits perfect on a Coleman stove. I got it for 30bucks at an antiques fair and the guy threw in a 8" chicken fryer.
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby Tallbald » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:08 pm

Thank you all for the replies. My wife Penny just recently told me she thinks she has a grill pan store at her parents home from her Girl Scout days! We'll see. Don
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby jandmz » Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:46 pm

My first CI piece was a griddle that we found leaning against the fire ring as we were setting up camp. It is reversible with a flat surface on one side and a ridged surface like a grill pan on the other side. Is there a special name for that? I have just been referring to it as a griddle.
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby GerryS » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:03 am

I have one, and I HATE it. It's got deep cavities between the bars, and no matter how long it soaks, or gets scrubbed, there is always a layer of "schmutz" that never comes out. Thats at home where I have a deep sink, unlimited water, various scrapers and even power tools. I can't possibly imagine trying to get that clean with the limit of a quart or so of water (I carry eight gallons...it has to last a couple days)

If I want sear marks, or want the fat to drip off, I can pull out the grill (formerly a smokey joe, recently replaced with a "son of hibachi") and make cleanup a trivial matter....wait, brush/scrape, and wipe.

Now don't take my griddle from me...
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Re: Usefulness of a "grill pan" in camp"

Postby Nitroxjunkie71 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:19 am

I have had one for years but can honestly say that I have never used it until the Hoosier gathering a cople weeks ago. I used to bring all sorts of gear to cook with but have learned that a good fire is all one needs.

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