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Rose
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Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Rose » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:46 pm

I am a fan of Alton Brown that I have a bias about single purpose device...such as a waffle iron.

Is there anything else it can be used for other than making breakfast waffles?

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Charlesmetz83 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:49 pm

Grilled cheese, crispy loaded hash browns, "omelets", quesadillas and crispy loaded mashed potatoes are a few ideas.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by wageoghe » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:50 pm

I saw a segment of a cooking show on tv where they cooked refrigerated cinnamon rolls with a waffle iron.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by livesoft » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:51 pm

Dinner waffles? Dessert waffles?

While my mom had a waffle iron and we ate waffles every 3rd Sunday (rotated with pancakes and French toast), we have never owned one our entire adult lives. If we want waffles, we go out to brunch. OK, we eat waffles about once every 10 years.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Calli114 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:52 pm

Lots of ideas on Google. The grilled cheese, hash browns, and French toast sticks sound good, but can't say I've tried any of them.
And don't forget savory waffles instead of sweet.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by quantAndHold » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:21 pm

I think even AB makes an exception for something like a waffle iron, because waffles can’t really be made any other way.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by tigermilk » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:32 pm

Belgian waffles, and I don't mean the stuff from IHOP. A true Belgian waffle with yeast and pearled sugar.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by btenny » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:19 pm

Buy a waffle iron that has removable grates. My mom had one when I was a kid back in 1953ish. It had a set of smooth grates and a set of waffle grates. It was a old fashioned stainless steel round thing with a big spring cord between the halves. She made grilled cheese sandwiches and bacon and lots of stuff in addition to waffles. I looked up the modern versions on the internet and found this.

http://wafflemakercenter.com/waffle-mak ... le-plates/

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Dottie57 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:36 pm

I have a 25 year old thin waffle maker. Love it and will keep till it falls apart. It make waffles in spurts. Can go 6 months without and then use 4 or 5 times a month.

P.S. I make a big batch of waffles and freeze those i don't eat. The toaster works nicely to reheat.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by 123 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:05 am

Rose wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:46 pm
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Is there anything else it can be used for other than making breakfast waffles?
I think they will work as a door stop.
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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by obgraham » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:09 am

Someone gave us one for Christmas years ago. We don't use it very often, as it is a PITA to clean, but with the right batter mixture -- man it makes wonderful waffles. Far superior to restaurant product!

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Don’t Waffle. Be Strong.

Post by FraggleRock » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:26 am

I got mine in 1970.
Use it a few times a year.
Not giving it up.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by privateer79 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:52 am

had one on our wedding registry 8 years ago... of all the kitchen gadgets we got (slap chop, electric saute pan, le cruset...) we use it the most often (about once a month) it's worth it if you like waffles and are settled into a kitchen.....

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by sevenseas » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:34 am

Check out Serious Eats' "Will It Waffle" series for some inspiration. I got my waffle iron as a gift and barely use it, but wouldn't be without it. When I want waffles, nothing else will do. You've inspired me to pull the thing out to make dinner waffles this week....

http://www.seriouseats.com/tags/will%20it%20waffle

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by DarthSage » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:49 am

We probably use ours more for cinnamon rolls than waffles, just because they're so quick. But, when we want real Belgian waffles--nothing else will do, and they are amazing--worth every calorie.

I also have a machine with removable plates, that has a flat side, waffle side, sealed sandwich side, and pizelle side--I use this mostly for pizelles, as the waffle section is kind of small and lame (i.e., not "Belgian", just smaller pockets).

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Dottie57 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:57 am

sevenseas wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:34 am
Check out Serious Eats' "Will It Waffle" series for some inspiration. I got my waffle iron as a gift and barely use it, but wouldn't be without it. When I want waffles, nothing else will do. You've inspired me to pull the thing out to make dinner waffles this week....

http://www.seriouseats.com/tags/will%20it%20waffle
Wow, thank you for the link!

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by bob60014 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:00 am

Along with making waffles use it to make creepy crawlers and replacement soles for gym shoes. 😊

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by mouses » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:39 pm

Keep in freezer, microwave when needed:

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Earl Lemongrab » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:04 pm

Alton was prone to his biases on the "uni-tasker" topic. I remember him going to great lengths to explain why he needed a flour sifter because using a sieve wasn't adequate. It was all pretty silly, as a sieve works great for regular sifting and even better for things like dusting with powdered sugar. Few if any other TV cooks use a sifter, preferring sieves.
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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by bhsince87 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:51 pm

The "Will it Waffle?" series is available as a book with even more recipes.

https://www.amazon.com/Will-Waffle-Irre ... 0761176462
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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Pinotage » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:03 pm

Rose wrote: Is there anything else it can be used for other than making breakfast waffles?
In a pinch, you could use a waffle iron as a wheel chock aka "parking brake"

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by obgraham » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:33 pm

I've always preferred "Will it blend?" to "Will it waffle?" Check it on yoochoob.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Pajamas » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:16 pm

Cookies and cheese sandwiches have a wonderful texture when grilled in a waffle iron.

Some waffle irons have surfaces that flip or interchange to work like a flat panini press or ridged George Foreman Grill as well as a waffle iron.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by barnaclebob » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:34 pm

Good waffle irons are worth the price. Make sure it can flip over and makes nice thick belgian waffles. The thin cheap ones always come out soggy and limp.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Unhandled » Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:44 pm

Who is Alton Brown and why are you letting him decide whether you want to buy waffle iron. I have a waffle iron and I love it. There now you know my opinion and you shall follow it.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by bhough » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:12 pm

I have a friend who makes "falafel waffles". Loves falafel, but doesn't like deep-frying.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by psteinx » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:25 pm

Waffle irons are relatively inexpensive. Few if any other devices will make a decent waffle (or approximation thereof), and a waffle iron will make few if any other foods.

So be it.

Waffles are tasty.

If you like waffles and want to make non-frozen waffles at home, buy a waffle iron.

Don't get over-obsessed about rules of thumb. They're useful for some decision making processes, but they're also imprecise. This is a case where the general rule of thumb (if you accept it) can be overruled, in my opinion.

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Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Post by Rose » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:49 am

Thank you for all the responses. The waffle irons is an existing gift and I prefer pancakes by far, but now I feel I need to give this 'step-child' a second look. It has deep enough pockets but can not be flipped. Had I purchased it, I will surely get the pizzele option, grew up with those.

DarthSage, sevenseas, would you mind sharing your waffle recipe (pm)? I tried a lot of recipes, including that of Alton and a few of Cooking illustrated, and none delivered.

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