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Waffle Iron Recommendation?

Valerie_'s picture

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At the risk of starting another waffle debacle, I submit this thread...

DH and I had waffles for dinner yesterday (no, we didn't get a chance to try any of the recipes suggested. I want to do that this weekend, especially now that DH's folks may be stopping by) and we realized our waffle iron is really on it's last legs. Takes forever to make a waffle, waffles don't come out so crisp, and tend to stick like the dickens. Anyone have a tried and true waffle iron they can recommend? Or at least, anything I should look for in a good waffle iron? The one we have was a gift to DH before we met and married...

Thanks!

CLS's picture

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I think mine was made by Cuisinart. Not certain, but pretty sure. I like it. Very easy to clean, little light that tells you when the waffle is done, deep grids.

I like waffles for dinner. DH and I often make waffles with cheese, sauteed onions and bell pepper, garlic, and put poached eggs on top with salsa. There's something very comforting about a waffle...

Chiffonade_'s picture

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We have a cheapie round waffle iron by Proctor Silex called
i Morning Baker.
The thing cost us roughly $20 at Wal-Mart. It has never failed us. And my daughter loooooves waffles.

kpgray's picture

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A few years ago I spent a considerable amount of time researching the purchase of a commercial Belgian wafflemaker. After contacting several restaurant suppliers, I found out it would cost me $300 - 400. dollars and would need a dedicated electrical circuit. Definitely overkill! I happened upon a Salton belgian waffle iron. It costs about $20. and works well. An indicator lite signals when done (although I leave mine in a little longer because I like them crisp). I've never had a problem with them sticking, and cleanup is easy. I've had this around 10 years now and have been really impressed with the performance and price. I bought one last year for a wedding gift - had some trouble finding them now. I found it at Macy's. I used to find it everywhere: k-mart; catalog stores, etc.

Rebecca's picture

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We have a Vitantonio (nonstick) and we've been very happy with it. We bought it based on a great review in a magazine several years ago.

CLS's picture

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I checked mine out last night, Valerie, and we have the Vittentano like Rebecca. Our toaster is from Cuisinart. Anyway, previous comments still apply. I do like it. The only thing I would do, personally, if I were to buy another one, is that I would get one that makes 4 waffles at a time instead of just 2.

BTW, you inspired me to go home and make waffles for dinner last night. Zucchini cheddar waffles. And I poached a couple of eggs to put on top. They tasted sooooo good.

Valerie_'s picture

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OK, CLS, it's time for a shameful admission. I've never made anything but Bisquick waffles. (I'm hanging my head in shame so low it's hard to type...) I've never even *heard* of the savory type waffles you've been making, but boy! do they sound good! (I've also never poached an egg before. I've only recently gotten to where I like eggs...) What do I need to do to make savory waffles? Just throw in the good stuff or do you happen to have specific waffle recipes you could share?

Another friend recommended Salton's but all I could find online were pizelle makers. (What's a pizelle?) I didn't see anything by Vittentano but I saw a lot of Villiware. I didn't really want a belgium waffle maker, tho they seemed to outnumber the normal kind 3 to 1 while I was looking. I basically sat at my desk during lunch waiting for a tech to come fix my office-mate's monitor so I let my fingers do the walking online. I was torn between the Cuisinart (bells and whistles, you know. Literally.) and the "Chef's Choice". In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I decided to go with the href="http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=125915">Chef's Choice Heart Waffle
Maker
. (Just checking out my HTML copy/paste skills here). Also gives me a chance to check out the service of www.cooking.com. If you register with them, they'll send you a coupon for free shipping on an order over $35. What's really funny is that as I told various people what I was getting DH for Valentine's Day, they all nodded and said, "yeah. That's a great idea! I'm going to do the same for my spouse!"

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Oh, woman. Get yourself one of the bazillion waffle recipes from the "Waffle Wars" posts and get waffling!! Here's a little hint - you can use most regular pancake recipes in a waffle iron. I don't mean crepe, blini, etc. I mean regular breakfast pancake recipes.

P.S. CLS, your savory waffle dinner sounds exquisite.

Gretchen_'s picture

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There are waffle irons (not heart shaped though) that have plates that reverse to a grill for sandwiches. We have really enjoyed that feature in the past (like when there were a lot of kids around). Had a dinner party one time and made mini Reubens on that grill. I love my Vitantonio Belgian waffler (not non-stick, but does not ever stick).

CLS's picture

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Valerie, ditch the bisquick waffles. Not because it's pre-made, but I just think it doesn't taste as good as regular. Something about the amount of baking powder that gives them a metalic taste or something.

Anyway, go out and get this great little book called "Waffles from Morning to Midnight" by (I think - I'll check for sure and correct myself if I'm wrong) Dorie Greenspan. Great book, excellent ideas about using waffles for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and dessert. I think I've made just about everything in the book and they are terrific.

Generally, savory waffles have limited amounts of sugar and the addition of savory elements, including savory toppings. You can top savory waffles with things like chicken, tuna or turkey salad, or anything else your little heart desires and your imagination can come up with.

BTW, not in the book but a favorite of mine is to use leftover mashed potatoes, make mashed potatoe pancake batter and waffle it. Yum...

CLS's picture

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Problem. It is Dorie Greenspan, but I just checked at Amazon.com and the book is out of print. It's a very good book. Hmmm, there's gotta be a way...

Choo_d'Phet's picture

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Barnes & Noble sells Out-of-print books

sanderson_'s picture

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We've had a burner heated cast iron waffle iron our whole 25 year marriage and it works great on both electric and gas stoves. It makes 5 heart shaped waffles; the kids grew up calling them valenheart waffles and I never corrected them.

MEAN_CHEF's picture

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I have a cuisinart toaster too. Piece of doo doo.

Valerie_'s picture

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I just put a hold on it from the library. If nothing else, I can break a few copyright laws and photocopy the recipes I really want while I wait the 3 to 5 weeks for the book to come from B&N. I'll also check out the link you sent, Choo.

I was so hoping Amazon had it... DH has a gift certificate and a need to spend it.

Thanks!

Valerie_'s picture

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Thanks for the pointer, Choo! B&N could have ordered it from the publisher in 3 to 5 weeks, but their out of print section had 3 copies (well, 2 now) of the book available. Snapped it up. Should only have to wait a week now...

CLS's picture

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I agree. MIL gave it to us a few years ago. I never even use a toaster in our house - it's in the basement on the shelf next to the other useless (to me) kitchen equipment I have, like the electric knife.

CLS's picture

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Great Valerie! I think you will like that book. I do. I usually toss the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients together (seperately) the night before, then all I have to do is mix them together in the morning and waffle! What I really enjoy are the savory waffles. They are nice for a quick, filling dinner when neither of us really feels like cooking.

BTW, Dorie Greenspan has another book I noticed at Amazon.com when I was browsing for the Waffle book: Pancakes Morning to Midnight. DH is a very big fan of pancakes, so I'm going to pick it up for my collection. I can't wait to try it. Maybe you can use that gift certificate for that...

Chiffonade_'s picture

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Someone requested a recipe for Scotch Eggs in another thread and I recommended a recipe from
i Breakfast In Bed
by Jesse Ziff Cool. Lo and behold!! Last night she was on
i Cooking Live
with my favorite little cooking powerhouse, Sarah Moulton.
i BIB
contains several waffle and other wonderful breakfast (do-ahead) recipes. If you're planning a romantic weekend where most of your time is expected to be spent
i far
from the kitchen, take a look at this book.

Carole's picture

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Jee, I toast my bagels in my Cuisinart, quite tasty.

Wolverine's picture

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Well, I ordered CLS's Waffle book, now I'll have to order Chiff's! Thanks, guys. Of course, this means I
b must
buy a waffle iron now!! ;-)

Calamity_Jane's picture

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Cooking.com has one on clearance. Dont remember brand. It was like $50.00.

Valerie_'s picture

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Reviving another old thread...

We've been having waffles about once a week since Valentine's Day. Got the 7" round Cuisinart waffler. This baby has a light that indicates when the waffler is hot and when your waffle is done; also has a non-stick finish.

Waffles turn out great! Even Bisquick waffles, tho I've since graduated and tried the standard waffles in Waffles from Morning to Night as well as their Blueberry Yogurt Waffles (truly yummy). Thanks, again, CLS, for recommending that book. DH loves all the new waffles!

Oh, but back to the waffler. The waffles turn out crisp and golden on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Clean up has always been a breeze tho there was some slight sticking when we made the blueberry waffles. All in all, seems like a successful purchase.