Bruntmor Reversible Griddle Pan: QUICK OVERVIEW
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Many home chefs become frustrated by the need to keep both a griddle pan and a grill pan at home when the two share so many similarities. The Bruntmor Reversible Griddle Pan attempts to help fix that problem by being a two-in-one deal: you can get both a smooth griddle surface and a ridged grill top in one product.
But does this single pan do the job of both pans successfully, or could it be better to own two separate pans instead? Let’s find out in this review of the Bruntmor Reversible Griddle Pan.
Bruntmor Reversible Griddle Pan Review
This reversible griddle pan made by Bruntmor is a cast iron product that is 20 inches by 10 inches in size. It is a heavy pan that can be used on a stove top, open fire, or any other cooking surface. One side of the pan features a smooth griddle top while the other side is a grill top.
Who Is This Product For?
This product is for those who are experienced in or willing to learn about using cast iron and want to have a 2-in-1 product. In particular, anyone who enjoys camping or cooking on an open fire might enjoy this product since it is often used for these purposes with great success.
On the flip side, you should not get this pan if you are not willing to learn about how to care for and season cast iron products. Cast iron requires a certain level of time to perform properly, so this product is not for anyone who doesn’t have the time to regularly maintain it.
This product comes with the reversible griddle pan, the box, and a set of instructions. The instructions include basic info about the pan, how to reverse it, and its dimensions, but do not offer much useful information beyond that.
The instructions indicate that the pan is pre-seasoned, but they also give the recommendation that you further season the pan for best results.
Overview of Features
The main appeal of this cast iron pan is the reversible, two-sided design. One side is a smooth griddle surface while the other side is perfect for grilling. Both sides have an oil trap along the sides which will prevent excess oil from spilling onto your stove or into the fire. This part, which is great for cleanup and also useful for preventing fires.
That being said, both sides of this pan will need a little bit of smoothing and seasoning before they reach the quality of old-school cast iron. While they are both good for modern day cast iron, they don’t have the same super smooth, nonstick design as older pans do. It is possible to achieve that finish by sanding and seasoning, but not everyone will be prepared to do so.
This pan has two handles which make it easy to carry, and it is also oven-safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Since it is made of cast iron, you can expect even heat distribution and fast heating, which makes cooking very simple and successful in most cases.
Another potential drawback of this pan is its weight. While cast iron tends to be heavy, this double-sided pan is even heavier. Some people will find it to be too heavy to bring with them on outdoor adventures or even to move around their kitchen.
How to use
If you’ve never used a griddle or a cast iron griddle outdoors, you may want to learn how to! This pan is especially great for cooking with a portable stove, so learning how to use this pan to do just that will expand the different ways that you can cook with it.
Here’s an example of how to use a similar pan on an outdoor stovetop:
As you can see, it’s quite like cooking at home in your kitchen! The setup is similar, but you’ll have to get some practice with controlling the heat to achieve the most successful results. Still, cast iron is a great choice for this type of cooking since it disperses heat quickly and evenly.
If you plan to use your new cast iron griddle at home on your stove top, you may find that this product is just a little bit too short to be comfortable to use on a gas or electric burner.
Instead, something like the Bayou Classic 28″ Cast Iron Reversible Griddle might be preferable for its super long length. This extra length ensures the pan can be heated properly, and it also gives you a greater cooking area so that you can prepare an extra-large meal.
The Bruntmor Reversible Griddle Pan isn’t for everyone, but it is a great choice for those who love the appeal of being able to use either a smooth griddle or a ridged grill pan without having to buy and store both products. This pan is also a good choice for those who want to try cooking outdoors while camping with a travel stove.
However, if you aren’t comfortable with cast iron or the time that it will take to prepare and season your pan properly, you will be better off choosing something that is made of carbon steel or copper instead, as those types of pans require less work in the long term.