Care and Handling of the Happy Day Griddle Grill

I received an email from Marguerite about the care and use of her rediscovered Happy Day Griddle Grill.

“Just found  your blog because I was reaching the Happy Day Griddle I was rearranging my cabinets this week and found it…. After my parents passed away  (i had taken care of them for many years and now was settling their things, and clearing out their apt ) I found the griddle and immediately remembered my Dad making pancakes when I was a little girl on Sunday mornings. I just couldnt part with it. I put it on a top shelf in my kitchen and forgot it was there….. I was rearranging my kitchen cabinets this week and found it…. I was thrilled to see it was scored on the bottom which I had never realized… my parents had never used that side.


I see that many people have my same experience, getting it from their parents or finding ones that had been foolishly cast off to Goodwill. I want to preserve this treasure!! Can you just give me a few do’s and don’ts  so that I can take care of it well and have it last many years for me so I can pass it down perhaps.  Should one use oil with it? do you let it preheat?   for panini do you put a wt on it and use the scored side for the stripes?

I don’t want to damage it,  I’m almost afraid to use it! “
Well Marguerite, the Happy Day Griddle Grill post and Happy Day Griddle Grill Revisited  seems to get the same reaction with a lot of people. I have been spending a lot of my time responding to just such emails and comments.
So here goes a rundown of some responses to some Frequently Asked Questions.
I treat mine like cast iron. It is a cast metal, almost 100% sure it’s aluminum. I just wipe it down with paper towels or a quick dip in soapy water if its real greasy then let it air dry…..Chef BenwaUse:
It gets a seasoning just like cast iron so you don’t really want to scrub it till it shines like new. Actually I believe that a well used pan or pot takes on a patina much like old furniture and other high quality antiques…. Chef Benwa

I found the Watkins one at Goodwill earlier this year on a fluke (and got it for $2) and we used it on the grill at the campsite we went to earlier this year….. Robin

I just found a griddle, new, never used in the original box in my attic of a very old home I purchased a couple of years ago…..Geanene

Inherited one from husband’s grandmother’s estate….. Arleen
So that is a quick rundown on the care and and use of the Happy Day Griddle Grill!


2 Responses to “Care and Handling of the Happy Day Griddle Grill”

  1. GregF says:

    My parents had one of these grills, and we had pancakes every Saturday morning. It brings back all sorts of memories…
    Too bad it was throw out by my brother when they passed on.

  2. Sara says:

    Thanks! I just found one I inherited this morning–tucked way back in a cupboard and was wondering if I could use it for French toast. Your post reassures me that it can and other hints helped, too!

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