I have one of those sheet metal, telfon-coated, camping griddles. I don't really care for it other then it fits in the pack and is pretty lite. You have to be very careful with heat and metal spatulas or tongs while cooking. I plan on making a "new" one from a cover of an old maytag ringer-washer that my mother-in-law had in her basement. I am to the point now that I have it cleaned off and need to season it over a fire. Any hints or tips on doing this? The griddle weighs-in at 2.6 pounds and measures about 20 inches square. It is about 3/4 inch deep and it looks like the hinge point will serve as a good grease pouring spout.
BZ: I would treat it the same as I would cast iron. Heat it for 1/2 hour in an oven at 200-225 degs. Pull it out and cool till warm to the touch. Grease it up on every surface with a thin layer of cooking oil, peanut, veg, or whatever. Put a big sheet of foil on the lower rack to catch any drippings, reheat oven to 400 and "bake" the new griddle for about 2 hours. Let it cool down naturally - wipe off any left over oil (although I doubt there should be very much). I would try and make a cotton or canvas cloth sack for it.
One thing I heard from somewhere long ago was that certain manufactured metals have toxic elements in them like cadmium and nickle - I believe this was in reference to some old refrigerator racks used for grills - don't know if this relates to your washer tub lid or not... Your "find" does sound like a great idea however!
Good luck and enjoy many years of fish, bacon, and flapjacks on it.
Why stop there? Ya got a great idea, but you're not thinkin like Red Green yet. Ya need to incorporate the washer tub as a mixer for your batter, and figure out a way to use the wringer rollers as a bacon press or somethin useful like that eh. Shouldn't be too tough to portage.
Mr. Maytag might want to buy that unit for his museum! With the profit you'll make off the washer, you can get yourself a new Teflon coated griddle AND some Teflon coated cooking utensils. That system has got to be pre-WWII! I think it's a Maytag Model E Master.
Check this out: http://www.maytagclub.com/page-16.htm
I admire your ingenuity and resourcefulness!
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It is a model E, however the one in the picture was purchased in the late 1970's. It still works. The one I stole the cover from (yes there are two) stopped working and M-I-L wanted a replacement. She didn't want one of those new fangled types either so she got an identical model. She probably got the original in the 50's.
I was thinking more of just removing the electric motor and legs and placing the whole thing on a pack frame. That way it could double as my food pack too. Once empty I could just fill with water and soap and run around to agitate.
Those lids make great fry pans. I have been using one since the early sixties. OK, I was along for the ride in the early 60's but my father used it for every meal when we when camping. It's what I learned to cook breakfast on as a kid. I have several now, including my fathers original one. The older models were made of heavier aluminum so were better at heat distribution. Handles were made from 3/4 inch conduit bent into a handle with the ends flattened and cut so the would stop on the horizontal supporting the pan and screwed into the lids tabs. Whenever I'd see an old Maytag waiting to be thrown away, I'd go to the door and ask if I could have the lid. I got some pretty strange looks until I'd explain why I wanted them. Don't see to many anymore. I haven't used mine lately, I use the square fry pan from BBJ in BW but if I ever need a larger one for a bigger group, I would take my old Maytag lid. Nothing better (short of carrying in a deep fryer)for frying up a large quantity of walleye fillets. BigZig, your going to love it.
those old maytags all go to mexico where they are still popular because out in the country at least they don't use a dryer-use the wringer and hang it out. met a guy at a little country store on the border with 40-50 of them in the side yard which he said was about a two week supply. had them brought in by the tractor trailer load from all over. i'm not a fan of aluminum cookware, but to each their own. now if i see one minus the lid, i'll know the likely reason.
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