If you love waffles and feel like cooking some for yourself, you’re at the right place! Here, you’ll learn all the tips n’ tricks required to use a waffle maker properly.
Ready the batter for cooking.
If you are to go from scratch, you’ll need to mix together all the ingredients. It’ll take time and probably be more expensive. For flavour, try adding vanilla, cinnamon, or almond extract, or maybe chilli flakes, if you like your breakfast a tad spicy!
Tip #1: Add a bit of oil to the mix, so that the waffles are cooked crisp, golden brown and get easily released from the iron.
Oil the waffle iron
Although the waffle iron is treated with a durable non-stick PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene, also commercially branded as Teflon) coating, prior to first use, it is advantageous to grease the grids with spray oil. Applying just a light coating of oil with a paper towel or pastry brush is sufficient to do the trick. Now, close the clamshell and plug in the Waffle maker.
Pre-heat the waffle iron
Next, heat up your Waffle Maker for approximately four minutes. Usually, an indicator located on the top of the waffle maker lights up once the iron is fully heated to let the user know it’s ready for use.
Tip 2#: Do this ONLY for the first waffle of each baking session.
NOTE: If it happens to be the first use of waffle maker, it may emit a scant odour and smoke a little. However, this is a normal occurrence innon-stick appliances.
Pour in the batter
Always keep the waffle maker on a flat surface (to prevent it from sliding away too acutely) and away from the kitchen sink or any water source. Also, in case the batter leaks, place a paper towel under the waffle iron to prevent spillage. Once the iron grids have been preheated,carefully open the clamshell of the waffle maker.
WARNING: Never touch the iron cooking surface or the metal coil located at the back of the waffle maker with bare hands, as these happen to be extremely hot and can burn your skin.
Always pour the batter in the middle using a heat-resistant spatula and spread it evenly across the Waffle grids. Then, close waffle maker’s lid. After a while, there will be steam escaping from the side and you will notice the iron’s top slightly rise from the batter’s expansion due to the gas formed inside.
Tip #3: Make sure that the mix covers no more than half of the lower cooking surface. This is done to ensure that there isn’t excess batter to expand and leak from the sides.
Wait for the waffle to be cooked completely
After closing the lid, the indicator may turn on/off, remain as such for seconds and then cycle off. Once the indicator light turns back on again, the waffle is prepared. In case no indicator happens to be installed on the waffle maker, once you notice the waffle peeking through the side, observe it for a while as it slowly becomes golden and crisp.
Open the lid carefully and examine the waffle
If it hasn’t been cooked properly, close the clamshell and wait. When both sides of the waffle appears golden brown, it is ready for removal. To remove the waffle, detach the edges gently with a heat-resistant spatula.
WARNING: Never use utensils made from stainless steel, as these may erode the non-stick coating. Always be careful as to not scratch this coating off because if the Teflon flakes somehow get in your waffle, they’ll damage your health significantly and once the non-stick coating is off, the waffles will end up sticking to the iron and thus get very difficult to remove.
Wipe the waffle iron clean
If you have to make additional waffles, repeat the above process if. It is not necessary to season the iron grids before cooking each new waffle. Once you have finished baking, always unplug the power cord from the plug. Allow the waffle iron to completely cool down before handling.