Waffle Maker: Tools of the Trade

Product DetailsSince this month’s challenge is to create a gluten-free pancake or waffle, I thought I would talk about the waffle maker. To my knowledge, there is no way to make waffles without a waffle maker, otherwise known as a waffle iron.  For years I didn’t own one.  In fact, I have owned my first and only waffle maker for less than two years.  I will admit that while it is essential to making waffles, it is not essential to a kitchen.  A waffle maker takes up valuable space, and if you have a small kitchen, you may not be willing to give up that space.  We can live without waffles. 

On the other hand, if you have room for a waffle iron, gluten-free waffles are incredibly easy to make.  I was amazed that my first try at a gluten-free waffle recipe was a huge success.  I find they are much easier to make than pancakes.  For the challenge, I modified my current waffle recipe, and the new one will be posted Monday.

If you are thinking about purchasing a waffle maker, I wish I had lots of information to give you.  I don’t, and I’m hoping that some of my readers will leave informative comments.  I do know that there are regular, pretty thin waffles and the really fat Belgian waffles.  I don’t think there are any makers that make both types, so you have to decide which you want.  I also know that there are waffle makers that spin or flip over.  In addition, you have to choose how many waffles you want it to make: one, two, or four, and whether you want round or square waffles.   I have a Krups 4-Slice Belgian Waffle Maker, but there are lots of waffle makers to choose from.  (Those are Amazon affiliate links.  If you go to Amazon through one of the links and then buy something (anything), I will receive a small amount from the sale.)

I would love hear from those of you who have waffle makers.  What are your opinions on:

  • What brand you own
  • What type of waffles it makes
  • How many waffles it makes



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Comments

  1. GFree_Miel says:

    Mmmm waffles…My kitchen is too small for a waffle maker, but I'm adding that to my list of things to get when I have a bigger kitchen. I tried buying packaged gluten free waffles and they were absolutely horrible. Horrible. I thought I was eating cardboard. Ugh.

  2. Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen says:

    Waffles are a standard here. I make sweet and savory all the time. Honestly, I love the savory waffles better than gluten free bread for toasted sandwiches. I have a Cuisenart Belgian waffle maker and a regular waffle maker that has the grates that come out. I use the regular one more often for gluten free waffles because it can go in the dishwasher and there is no cross contamination. I recently made oatmeal peanut waffles that taste like huge peanut butter cookies…I am so in love with waffles and now peanut flour!

  3. j.sims says:

    I recently bought a waffle iron for $2 at Goodwill. The label is worn off so I'm not sure what brand it is, but after some intense cleaning it was ready to use. I haven't made a gluten-free recipe yet, but I've experimented with a few regular waffle recipes for my roommates. It makes two at a time and works great; our kitchen is tiny but it's definitely been worth the investment, haha. I usually buy Van's frozen gluten-free waffles (I actually like them a lot, which surprised me initially) but I'm hoping to use my 'new' iron for some gluten-free waffles soon!

  4. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    We don't currently have a waffle maker. I bought one at one point for $7 from Target, and it was a cheap-o one that didn't get hot enough. So it's gone…and I haven't replaced it. Curious to see what brands other people say they love!

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