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  • 16 1/8" x 9 5/8" cooking surface
  • Grooved cast iron grates
  • Pivot action top plate
  • Thermostatic controls
  • Cleaning brush included
  • 120V

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029419917655

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How to Season a Panini Grill

How to Season a Panini Grill

Keeping your Panini grill seasoned is an important step in maintaining the cast iron plates. Once you have received your Panini grill, it’s important to take the proper steps in caring for it before your first use. In order to protect the plates of your new grill during transportation, a layer of food-safe oil was coated on the surface prior to shipment. This oil is harmless, but must be removed before you begin to use.To remove, preheat the grill to 350 degrees f or until the oil liquifies. Next, carefully wipe away the melted oil with a clean, soft cloth and clean the surfaces with hot water and a mild dish detergent. Once the oil is removed and you have cleaned the surface, you are ready to season. Seasoning is important for any cast iron item used in the kitchen. It will keep your Panini grill from rusting and ensure a nice stick resistant surface. To season, preheat the grill to 400 degrees F. Once the preheat light turns off, place a small amount of oil in center of the grill. Using a soft dry cloth, spread the oil around covering the top and bottom of the grill. Let heat for 15min or until all oil has been burnished. Your grill may need to be reseasoned periodically due to heavy cleaning. Just follow those simple steps to ensure your grill stays rust free and stick resistant. Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions, please click on our live chat button.

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Vollrath Panini Grill Demonstration

Vollrath Panini Grill Demonstration

This is the cast iron Panini. I’m putting it up at about 500. I want to get this bread marked up. The bread you want to use—you want to get a bread with a little more sugar in it. This morning I went to the bakery and they didn’t have much choice, so I got some sourdough. If you have something like that, it’s very common that you’ll see someone put spray or butter on the exterior of the sandwich just to get the mark. I’m not going to get too worried here about a recipe for a sandwich. Here’s what we did in the first session today just to show you that what you’re really looking for on these, again, is to add value. A very upscale looking sandwich, specialty items in there—avocados—unique combinations for sandwiches. You can see if you go to these restaurants, the list of sandwiches that they offer and all of the different combinations. It’s really what you’re going for. Something other than a grilled sandwich with traditional sandwich fare. I should have had this preheating a little bit. They do take a little time to heat up. I think you probably want to let this heat up for maybe 10-15 minutes. This being cast iron, it will retain heat better than the aluminum plate versions. Once this gets hot, it really retains that heat so that’s the advantage of the cast iron. This particular model as we talk about how to clean up, we’ve got the front collection drawer here. So, when we get extra pieces of the sandwich that are left behind, you just want to take it and scrape it to the front. You can use a wire brush on this unit. On our aluminum one, the cleanup would be similar. Turn it off. You want to wipe it down. Again, if it’s the coated unit, you don’t want to be using the brush, just a towel. Wipe the grates clean. On this unit, the collection point for any liquids would be in the back where that little cup will hang. So we just take a simple…for this Panini…we’ll just take something quick here. Just to get you an idea, if you were going to demo this unit, build up a little sandwich, throw a couple of different items on there to give it a little different look—a little salami, some sub sauce or something on there, maybe some tomatoes, and I hear cheese, I won’t forget the cheese. All right. That’s a Dagwood right there. Wow. This sandwich I will spray because it’s the sourdough. The question was asked: did we spray that surface? I didn’t. Cast iron, if you wanted to, you could season it, but if you’re going to use oils and so forth, you don’t need to. We kind of tried this at Vollrath when we were demoing these units, and it works better if you get a bread with a little more sugar in it. This unit probably isn’t as hot as it should be, but we’ll try it anyway just to give you an idea. You don’t need to push down on it really hard, you just kind of want to set it on the sandwich. Set it in so that the bread is kind of marked in by the cast iron. This unit has the adjustable height. This guide is very simple. You want to back down the bottom nut, and you can turn in then, the screw. The screw will have a stop point on the bottom, so wherever you want your height to be, you set that to be. Then, you want to lock down the bottom nut. It’ll lock that in place so now the top screw can’t be adjusted. Again, this is just a soft stop. It’s not intended to be something where you can really put a lot of pressure on. There’s the stop point for that sandwich. It’s more applicable, I suppose, if you’ve got a certain sandwich that you’re going to be repeating over and over again in that grill. You can also use this height adjustment if you have something that was a flat, very thin item like an open face sandwich that you wanted to melt the cheese on, you could put that in the oven and this would then prevent it from touching down on top of the product and it would be more of a radiant heat source.

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Vollrath 40794-C Specs
Width 16 1/8 Inches
Depth 14 7/8 Inches
Height 8 1/16 Inches
Cooking Surface Width 16 1/8 Inches
Cooking Surface Depth 9 5/8 Inches
Amps 15 Amps
Hertz 60 Hertz
Phase 1
Voltage 120 Volts
Wattage 1,800 Watts
Application Medium Duty
NSF Listed Yes
Plate Configuration Grooved Top & Bottom
Plate Material Cast Iron
Power Type Electric
Temperature Control Manual
Temperature Range 120 - 570 Degrees F
Top Plate Single

Customer questions about this product

How can I properly care for cast iron surfaces?
In order to prevent unwanted build-up of oils, grease, and food, surfaces should be cleaned after use while still slightly warm. Harsh chemicals or scouring pads should not be used—only hot water and a cloth or sponge are needed. If some areas require extra cleaning, a mild scouring pad can be used. Please refer to our Pan Seasoning Guide for further information on properly cleaning and seasoning cast iron surfaces.
What does it mean if an item or voltage is labeled "for international use" or "for Canadian use"?
An item that has been labeled for international use has been designed to accommodate a foreign electrical standard that differs from electrical standards in the United States. These differences make International Use items incompatible with US electrical standards.

An item labeled "for Canadian use" might have a different cord and plug, amperage requirement, or agency certifications than its comparable US-spec model.

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Vollrath 40794-C Details

Create your most popular grilled sandwiches in no time with the Vollrath 40794-C 16 1/8" x 9 5/8" grooved top & bottom single panini sandwich grill! It features 1800 watts of heating power to ensure your sandwiches are cooked to perfection, and its grooved top and bottom plates evenly cook your food while leaving behind tantalizing grill marks.

For long-lasting durability and outstanding heat retention, the heavy duty grill plates are made of cast iron, and the pivot action top plate helps accommodate a wide variety of food thicknesses. The whole unit is thermostatically controlled up to 570 degrees Fahrenheit, and its efficient element design helps conserve energy when in use. And thanks to the included cleaning brushes, keeping this panini grill in sanitary working condition is a snap.

Overall Dimensions:
Width: 16 1/8"
Depth: 14 7/8"
Height: 8 1/16"

Plate Dimensions:
Width: 16 1/8"
Depth: 9 5/8"

  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

    This item meets the standards imposed by NSF International, which focuses on public safety, health, and the environment.

  • ETL Sanitation

    ETL Sanitation

    This item meets the sanitation standards imposed by the ETL, a division of the Intertek Group.

  • 5-20P

    5-20P

    This unit comes with a NEMA 5-20P plug.

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Warranty Info

RESIDENTIAL USERS: Vendor assumes no liability for parts or labor coverage for component failure or other damages resulting from installation in non-commercial or residential applications. The right is reserved to deny shipment for residential usage; if this occurs, you will be notified as soon as possible.

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