Whither for a Waffle Maker?
A weeks-long waffle craving is starting to get the better of me.
Can anybody please help me find:
1. A no-frills stovetop cast-iron waffle maker for sale in the Boston area? In particular, does anybody know a store that sells the Rome #1100 model? Budget: $20.
Also (I know this came up in a very recent thread)
2. I love the yeasted waffles at Centre St. and have enjoyed several varieties at Deluxe Town Diner (though they always claim the blue corn are unavailable). Am looking forward to trying Hen House's Chicken 'n' Waffles. Any other area waffles I simply mustn't miss?
For #1 you could give Salem Street True Value hardware a call to see if they offer a non-electric waffle maker. Even less likely would be Tags in Cambridge, but if its nearby you could look. For #2, Mr Crepe in Davis perhaps.
Just a note to avoid the Black & Decker Waffle/Griddle combo. This one:
If they had just stuck to "waffle maker", it might have worked out for the price. But the clips that hold in the reversible waffle/griddle tray barely work, and often don't. I gave mine to Goodwill after one use.
Stove-top waffles, that's hardcore and very difficult to do. My family takes our pancakes and waffles really seriously and we owned a couple old school cast iron waffle makers way back when, gosh it was hard to get a decent waffle out of them.
My dad actually used to buy old electric waffle irons from antique stores and use them. Some were quite beautiful, chrome, or with a big porcelain medallion on top...
My all time favorite contemporary waffle iron is the "VillaWare V2001C UNO Classic Waffler 4-Square."
Not belgian, not deep, does not also make grill cheese, a bit too expensive, but a darned good waffle iron.
Seems to me that the problem may have been that it was made of cast iron, rather than the fact that it was a manual waffle maker.
I do a lot of cooking, and even homeroast my own coffee - I love cast iron, using my pan almost daily. However, it retains heat, and lends itself to something that either needs a close watch, or long, slow cooking in the oven. If you look at the electric waffle makers, you'll notice that virtually none are cast iron - there's a reason for that.
If local stores prove to be lacking in any (I'd rather buy locally, if possible), a google search for 'stove top waffle iron' came up with a few. I'm going to try to get one, myself - but for this, I'll avoid my usual favorite cast iron, at least until I know more about making waffles.
I use a manual Belgian waffle iron. Its coated, and either cast iron or aluminum. It takes some seasoning and some practice. Some kind of a temperature gauge is extremely helpful, but otherwise there is no big secret to using a stove top maker. The Nordicware one on Amazon is almost identical to what I use, although mine is a bit heavier than I would have thought the cast aluminum would be (in comparison to my large alum dutch ovens)... but it is pretty responsive to heat changes so probably is alum. The lack of any temperature gauge on the Rome might mean more spoiled waffles until you get used to it (and more work seasoning it).
I have only seen these in antique stores... didn't even know that they were still made. Make sure that the rotation will work with your stove - many current stoves do not have deep enough burner wells to allow free rotation - its a pain in the but to pick up the hot iron and turn it manually.