Last week for Mission: Appliances I featured an appliance I use pretty regularly, my electric indoor grill. This week I dusted off one of my less frequently used appliances, my waffle iron. Waffles are pretty cool—in fact I usually order them at restaurants for breakfast. But it’s been a bit of a struggle to use this appliance very often. Let’s hope that can change!
The waffle iron we own is the Hamilton Beach 26200 Restaurant Style Belgian Waffle Baker. My husband bought it before we got married and frankly I’m not sure how often he used it either. We pulled it out a few months ago, but had a bit of a problem with the batter sticking, so we weren’t exactly eager to use it again. But this time I think we figured out the sticking problem, as explained later on.
Waffle Iron Vital Statistics
- Brand: Hamilton Beach
- Average Price: $25
- Power: 1000 watts
- Size: 11 x 4 x 12.5 inches; 6 pounds
- Features: Fast-flip design, Cool touch handle and indicator lights
- Complexity: Fairly easy to use
- Versatility: Used to make waffles
- Cleaning: Very easy to clean as long as waffle batter doesn’t stick
- Storage: Unit is pretty compact so storage isn’t too hard
- Safety Tips: Interior gets very hot
- Pre-series Location: Deep inside a low kitchen cupboard (must remove several other pots, pans, and appliances in order to reach)
- Pre-series Use Level: Used once before to make chocolate chip blueberry waffles
Project Waffle Iron
As I stated before, I really do love waffles. The last (and only) time we used this waffle maker was to prepare chocolate chip blueberry waffles a few months ago. It was kind of a bust because the batter stuck pretty severely to the interior, likely due to the chocolate chips. This time, when preparing strawberry waffles, we knew to spray the interior with cooking spray first.
We used the recipe for Blueberry Oat Waffles on allrecipes.com and just omitted the blueberries and pecans. Overall it’s a tasty batter! The recipe makes about 4-5 five inch waffles. We used a ½ cup measuring cup to pour the batter into the center of each grid and each waffle took about 5 or so minutes to bake (you can do two at a time).
We kept the waffles warm in the oven while the others were finishing and then I topped each waffle with strawberry sauce (made with my food chopper!), whole strawberries, and whipped cream…yum!
I really did enjoy the waffles and they make a great post-church brunch meal. Furthermore, now that we know about the cooking spray issue, we will have no more troubles with sticking (which was a real pain to clean up the first time by the way!).
The issue I have with this waffle iron in general is that it is a unitasker appliance (as far as I know). I have a problem with unitasker appliances because I feel that the space they take up is not as worthwhile as appliances that are more versatile. Nonetheless, I don’t know of any other way to make homemade tasty waffles. 🙂
Do you have a waffle iron? Does anyone know of other creative ways waffle irons can be used besides for making waffles?