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Jan 11, 2014 10:33 PM

Pancake Dispenser

I've been reading a lot of reviews and it seems like a lot of products are hit and miss. Haven't found much (positive or negative) on "Update International" or "Winco".

1. Do you have a preference or other company (in the same price range)?

2. What is better, aluminum or stainless steel?

I know little about cooking. Looking to get this for my husband. Thanks.

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  1. Are you talking about something like this?

    Generally speaking, I don't find most pancake dispensers to be very useful for home cooks. It is different if you are a professional and making hundreds of pancakes/crepes a day.

    To use these pancake dispensers, you need to make more batter than you need because batter get lost in the dispenser (stick to the wall). They are generally difficult to take apart to clean. Therefore, whatever convenience you get from the cleanliness during dispensing, you lose it during the cleaning step.

    The most common tools that street vendors use are the typical pour jags, but I have also seen street vendors use squeeze bottles. A wide mouth squeeze bottle actually has many advantages. It is very inexpensive ($2-5). It gives you a lot of controls. It does not drip, and it is easy to storage in the refrigerator if you have left over. It is also easier to clean.

    If you like something look nice, then maybe the Tovolo Pancake Pen (just use it as a pancake dispenser).

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Personally I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup, it makes perfectly consistent pancakes, is easy to clean, and is cheap.

      If you husband hasn't actually said he wants one of these dispensers, it may be better not to get one, as CK mentioned they are a hassle to clean, and really not worth the effort for a small amount of pancakes.

      1. re: Sirrith

        I agree tha there really is no need for a specialty tool. I use the gravy ladle to my everyday stainless set. It is about 1/4 cup in capacity but the longer handle and pour spout make it somewhat more convenient than a measuring cup.

        1. re: masha

          I'll add gravy ladle to my list of suggestions (along with a squeeze bottle). Thanks for the idea.

          Besos, Swak50

        2. re: Sirrith

          Reading some additional reviews, it appears that lots of batter gets wasted and seeing as we're only making them for 4 people, I think I'll suggest a squeeze bottle.

          Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

          Besos, Swak50

        3. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Dear Chemicalkinetics,

          Yes, that's exactly what I was talking about.

          Thank you so much for the link to the Tovolo Pancake Pen as I hadn't heard of it before. Given the comments, I think that I'll suggest a squ50eeze bottle.

          Besos, Swak

        4. I wouldn't spend my money on fancy gadgets like that pancake dispenser...

          This is more my speed. Empty plastic squeeze bottles.

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          1. re: petek

            After reading another 4,567,213 reviews, I think that I'm leaning towards your recommended solution. Thanks for commenting.

            Besos, Swak50

          2. If the idea is to get uniform sized pancakes just use a measuring cup. I spent about $10 on a plastic cupcake dispenser and it was a disaster!

            The pancake dispensers used in restaurants are for production use and are probably as big a waste of money as my cupcake dispenser.

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            1. re: Kate is always hungry

              Thanks for your thoughts. I think I'm going to save my money and come up with another birthday idea.

              Besos, Swak50

              1. re: swak50

                Forget the squeeze bottles and etc. All you need is a pitcher...which has a wide enough opening to fill and scrape clean.

                1. re: fourunder

                  My husband is using a mixing bowl with a spout but he finds it difficult to manage the amount of batter that gets poured.

                  Will add "pitcher" to the list.

                  You guys are saving me money but he's a gadget guy. Any ideas on how I can make pancake day different and fun without the cost?

                  1. re: swak50

                    Tell your husband to experiment until he finds the size he likes...then tell him to duplicate the size while pouring and counting....Essentially, he is making a controlled pour with an approximated similar measure each time. While chain pancake houses, like IHOP, need to worry about perfect sized pancakes every time as a matter of specification and food costs...the diners by me are not that specific....and this is how they all do it. It stores, it pours....If he counts and pours the same way each time, the pancakes will all be the same.

                    1. re: swak50

                      Any ideas on how I can make pancake day different and fun without the cost?

                      There's always a cost...but how about:

                      Chocolate Chips
                      Peanut Butter Chips
                      Whipped Cream
                      Ice Cream
                      Pigs in the Blanket

                      Sauces in Squeeze Bottles to make designs or faces...i.e. the kids, not Dad.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I use metal cookie cutters; the type that just outline. Spray with cooking oil and set on griddle. Put enough pancake mix in the center to run out to the edges. Use tongs to pick cookie cutter up after pancake has become firm enough to hold its own shape, then flip. My grandkids love them!

                      2. re: swak50

                        A batter bowl may be a better choice. It's essentially a small mixing bowl with a handle and spout. I have one similar to this:


                        He can mix the batter in the bowl then and pour it out much more easily than from a mixing bowl. A large Pyrex measuring cup also does a good job.

                2. I can't thank each of you enough for commenting. This forum is great!

                  While I was looking around more (regarding your suggestions), I noticed these cute things for shaping pancakes ( I read that silicone was the way to go.


                  FYI, every Sunday is pancake day and it's my husbands domain. Just trying to make things fun. Not that the kids care :



                  1. Use a large spring-arm ice cream scoop. This does triple-duty because it is also superb for neatly portioning cupcake/muffin batter.

                    Tip: When scooping and ladling, after dipping and lifting up the scoop/ladle, lower the bottom of the bowl BACK into the liquid but not all the way to the rim, then lift it again. Something happens with surface tension that sucks the liquid off the bottom of the utensil so it does not drip. This works better with thinner liquids than thick batters, but even with the latter, it slows the drip formation long enough to allow you to get to your target, and pour, before drips can fall. If you want to check this out, try it with your spoon next time you're eating soup.

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                    1. re: greygarious

                      This is a good option and in the Restaurant world, it's known as a *Disher*. It's great for portion control. I use smaller ones for making meatballs.

                      They can be inexpensive or expensive, depending on the quality and size.