Let’s say you wake up on a weekend day and decide you want to have a special breakfast for you, or maybe even your family. You get out your old familiar box of pancake mix and realize you want something a little fancier, so you get out your grandmother’s waffle iron.
Now you can have a special breakfast and everyone gets to pick out their favourite toppings. But have you ever wondered what else you can do with a waffle iron?
Keep reading – we’ll tell you more.
How to Use Waffle Maker
Modern waffle irons cost about $20-$30 to start and can go up to $100 or more. They typically come with a non-stick coating on the inside which makes them easier to clean. It also means that food cooked in them is lower in fat.
Summary of how to use Waffle Maker
- Get your batter ready to cook.
- Heat by starting the Waffle Maker.
- Don’t scratch the nonstick surface.
- Grease the waffle iron.
- Pour in the batter.
- Wait until the waffle is finished cooking.
- Carefully open up the clam shell and inspect the waffle.
- Time to clean-up!
History of the waffle iron
Waffle irons started out as metal racks attached to a handle that were put in the fireplace to cook the waffle. Many had lovely designs including coats of arms or religious symbols on them. Believe it or not, they date to the 1300s in Belgium – no kidding! This is why you will hear the term Belgian waffles – this now refers to waffles that are as much as an inch thick and that have deep pockets.
Waffles came to America in the 1860s when Cornelius Swarthout took out a patent for a waffle iron that would be able to be used over a stove. The design kept the Belgian metal plates, but it added a hinge that let users turn the waffle over easily to cook the other side.
The classic electric ones we know and love today were developed in the 1910s by General Electric. People started asking for decorative lids, and today there are people who collect the beautiful throwbacks to another time.
You don’t have to butter the inside or even spray with cooking spray, and you don’t have to do any seasoning to get them ready to use, even though the pro models are made from cast iron.
What else can a waffle iron do?
You of course know and love the waffles they make, but have you ever thought about using them for sandwiches? They make a perfect panini press! You can also use a waffle iron for everything else you want for breakfast, like eggs. They cook nicely and evenly in a waffle iron. You can then turn them into a breakfast sandwich using waffles instead of English muffins.
How about cooking bacon? They make for an ideal bacon cooker. Bacon cooks perfectly on both sides and the fat flows into the pockets in the base, ready for you to just drain it out. You might also want to make French toast in your waffle iron. All that cinnamony-eggy goodness cooks perfectly while the interior stays fluffy and light.
Yes, you read that correctly. Shoes were once made in a waffle iron, or more exactly, the soles were. University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman famously used his wife’s good waffle iron to make a new rubber sole for his athletes to use on their shoes. The track team was a success, and the waffle sole design launched a legendary athletic shoe and apparel company – Nike.
Whether you want to start an international company or just have a complete breakfast, your waffle iron can do it all for you. You won’t look at that small appliance the same way again.