Debra Lynn Dadd

Waffle Maker

QUESTION:

What kind of waffle maker would you recomend? So many are teflon coated.

POSTED BY BEV ROCKEY :: OHIO USA :: 01/23/2007 1:41 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Well, personally I don't eat waffles (though I love them!) because I don't eat grains. I haven't seen a waffle maker in a long time that didn't have a Teflon finish.

Readers? Do you know of any?

I've questioned for myself the necessity of eating foods that require special equipment just to make that one thing. How many resources would we save if nobody ate waffles? We could make pancakes in the same skillet used to make other foods...

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I love cast-iron cookware, and found Rome's Old Fashioned Waffle Iron online. It is my understanding that as long as the cookware is properly seasoned, there is no concern regarding toxicity. I plan to order one!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Thank you! Readers, this is a cast iron waffle iron pan that is used on the stovetop. Just search on "Rome's Old Fashioned Waffle Iron" and a number of websites will come up that carry them..


POSTED BY HOLLY :: NC USA :: 01/25/2007 3:42 PM


I just searched for cast iron waffle makers, and there appear to be quite a few. These are typically stove top bakers, not electric. Since I have no direct experience with these, I'm not providing any links, but just go to your favourite search engine and enter "stove top" or "cast iron" waffle maker and see what you come up with.

Debra, interesting thoughts about needing specialized equipment. Here in the west, we've become used to having as many different varieties of things as possible. Food, appliances, and other commodities are often (as has been pointed out here in this blog) marketted with different brand names, despite being exactly the same item.

But...I too am thinking of getting a waffle maker because neither my husband nor I is any good at making pancakes!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Despite the fact that waffles require specialized equipment, I'm actually glad to hear there are waffle irons without nonstick finishes as I think waffles are one of life's most wonderful treats!.


POSTED BY ROBIN :: VIRGINIA USA :: 01/25/2007 3:46 PM


hi -
the BEST waffle iron that i've had was given to me by a friend for my birthday - she'd found one at a resale/vintage store that looks like it's from the 1950's... NO TEFLON! she was able to plug it in to make sure it worked (very important with those old clunkers) and cleaned it up a bit and it has always worked like a charm for me. in fact, it makes waffles like the kind my dad made for us when we were kids - much crispier on the outside than teflon could ever get them to cook, although you do have to brush on a bit of oil or butter on the waffle iron first....but mmmmm! the way waffles are meant to be!

i would caution that you always check the condition of the cord/plug before buying though... those old cloth-covered kind can be fire hazards if they're frayed or worn. maybe you could get it replaced at one of those old-style repair shops still occasionally found in existance (where the guys have actually used these kinds of appliances before!)....

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I grew up making and eating waffles made on one of those old waffle makers that my parents got as a wedding present in 1954. They are great if you can find them..


POSTED BY MEREDITH :: MADRID SPAIN :: 01/25/2007 3:57 PM


Well Debra, you're spot-on (as usual) when talking about cluttering up your life with too many single use things - BUT - waffles are such an amazing comfort food! Especially if you take the time to make them with top quality, organic ingredients. Please tell Bev Rockey to look into getting an old-fashioned cast iron waffle maker. They don't come with a teflon coating because with proper care cast iron develops its own "seasoned" surface that keeps food from sticking. The makers I've seen are hinged, and some of them even come apart for cleaning. You use them directly on the stove burner. If you can't find a used one at a garage sale or second-hand store, try typing "cast iron waffle maker" into an internet search engine. Lehmans (the catalog company) also makes one (www.lehmans.com), but you may have to save your pennies for it. Happy waffle making!

POSTED BY MARY ANNE :: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA USA :: 01/25/2007 4:25 PM


I found a website for waffle irons that are not nonstick.....but they are expensive! ($300-$1000!) I've been looking for years also for one. If I find another, I'll post that too! http://www.waffleironworld.com/

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: These waffle irons are so expensive because they are restaurant equipment. Now isn't that interesting that the professional waffle irons don't have Teflon coatings?..


POSTED BY HM :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 01/25/2007 4:33 PM


With regard to the makers offered at waffleironworld.com - it's important to point out that several of them are made with cast aluminum cooking surfaces, so they are not a good choice for someone wishing to avoid this toxic metal in their food!

POSTED BY MARY ANNE :: LOS ANGELES, CA USA :: 01/26/2007 11:05 AM


Arn't the vintage waffle irons fromthe 50's made of aluminum too? That is why I have hesitated to buy a vintage electric one. Anyone know?

Thanks,

Beth

POSTED BY BETH :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 07/20/2007 3:36 PM


Just want to put in a vote for the Rome Cast Iron Waffle Iron. Cost less than $15 at the local camping store. The cast iron stores a lot of heat so the waffle gets nice and crispy on the outside and stays moist and tender on the inside.

Season cast iron on the grill outside, and you will save yourself from smoking up the house. I have found that it takes two or three batches to reliably get the waffles from sticking. After that, there is enough fat in waffle batters to maintain the seasoning -- no need to keep greasing.

The only real issue I have is that the handles get very hot -- an Ove Glove is essential.

Rome also makes a "pudgy pie" waffle iron that is suitable for camp fires. It has nice long handles with wooden grips. I haven't tried one of these units yet. I have seen them at the camping store foer under $15.

TexSport also produces a cast-iron stovetop that looks like the old-fashioned Griswold units-- not sure of the cost, and have seen them stocked locally.

Do look into different batter recipes. The basic recipes either are leavened with baking soda/baking powder or with egg white. The baking soda/ baking powder recipes seem to lack flavor and the egg white recipes are too fussy for a lazy Sunday morning.

My favorite actually is from the BHG Cookbook -- it is leavened with yeast. You mix the batter the night before, and it is ready to go the next morning.

POSTED BY MIKEB :: WISCONSIN USA :: 10/05/2007 11:47 AM


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