10 Best Waffle Makers | March 2017
- locking lid for easy upright storage
- has a steam release system
- heavy to move about the counter
- all-natural ceramic coating
- designed to store vertically
- ceramic plates are scratch-resistant
- comes with a waffle cookbook
- bright lcd screen
- drip tray is removable for cleaning
- ready to cook indicator light
- cooks waffles in just 5 or 6 minutes
- offers consistent browning
- high-quality stainless steel housing
- deep pockets for thick waffles
- on-board cord storage
- countdown timer with digital display
- easy to clean nonstick interior
- flips to evenly spread batter
- heats and cooks quickly
- creates uniform waffle thickness
- produces a crispy exterior
The Magic Behind The Waffle Maker
Waffle makers are amazing; they cook your tasty griddle cakes two ways sans griddle in minutes. The heat fries them on the outside, while the closed container steams them on the inside. A Malliard reaction occurs on the surface of the waffle, browning it.
There's an internal thermostat that keeps tabs on the waffle inside. When the waffle reaches the temperature you select, you put the batter in. Still, keep an eye on it; the end of the steaming is still one of the best indicators of when a waffle is finished. The thermostat figures out when the waffle's done, and let's you know it's time to grub down.
How Do I Know Which Waffle Maker Is for Me?
What kind of waffle maker do you need? Are you more of a square, or round waffle person? (You don't have to tell me which).
Do you want a maker that flips? Some experts prefer to use the force of gravity in their waffle making, claiming it gives them more even, fluffy waffles. Other people (even professionals) feel there's no difference, with enough practice.
The nonstick factor is usually in the batter as well as in the plates, so if you're concerned about the waffles sticking--don't be! It's something that can easily be fixed with either a little more fat in the recipe or a little more heat in your technique. Any of the above waffle makers should do you solid if you treat them right.
A Very Short History of the Waffle Maker
Did you know that waffle making has been around for a really long time? We're talking pre-Jesus here folks.
"Waffle" comes from the French word gaufre, (waffle), and the root for that is the old French word wafla, which means "piece of a beehive."
The granddaddy of the waffle was a wafer, served at fancy dinners as a table filler once the meal had been finished and cleared. The great-granddaddy is a griddlecake made on a hot rock around a fire.
Waffle irons back then were made of cast iron, and they had super long tongs to reach into the fire. If you want to watch someone heat his antique pizzelle (an old school Italian cookie) iron for ten minutes and make a couple cookies, you're in luck! Be grateful for modern technology!
The first waffle iron was patented in America by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York in 1869. It was made of cast iron, and fairly cumbersome, but compared to the hundreds of years previously mentioned above, it finally allowed one to flip a waffle easily.
The first electric waffle iron was patented in 1926 by Charles M. Cole who lived in Oakland, California and probably cared very, very much about his family; it allowed for two waffles to be cooked at the same time.
Waffle irons evolved quite a bit through the 20th century, but I think we can agree we have far superior breakfast technology today.