O.K., so the waffles themselves are not cast iron, but the waffle iron is! Here is the deal - I have a love/hate relationship with waffle irons. For years I used an ancient waffle iron that we had picked up somewhere or other. It was rectangular and the waffle section was reversible - one side was for waffles and the other was a simple griddle. I never used the griddle side but I made waffles all the time (they happen to be a family favorite). When I got our waffle iron, it was ancient and over time the cord became dodgy and then dangerous. Sir Knight (being the electrical genius that he is) rewired it and we got another 10 years out of it. Finally, after too many waffle to count, our old waffle iron gave up the ghost.
Being preppers, we decided to step up to the plate and buy a non-electric waffle iron. Browsing through the Lehman's we found the perfect solution, or so we thought - a Teflon coated aluminum Belgian waffle iron! Excitedly, we waited for our new waffle iron to arrive in the mail. When it finally arrived, we decided to have a non-electric evening (this was long before we went off-grid). Off went the lights and out came the kerosene lamps as the wood cookstove bubbled along in the living room. Putting my cast iron griddle on low on the cookstove, I started cooking bacon. As the bacon was cooking, I mixed up a waffle batter, set up a little cooking station next to the stove and brought out my nice, shiny waffle iron. With great expectations, I poured the batter on the waffle iron, slid the iron over a medium fire and waited for waffle magic. As the waffle started to smell, I turned the waffle iron over, continue to cook it and finally, having determined that the waffle was done, opened the iron, anticipating a perfectly golden, deliciously crunchy Belgian waffle. The waffle iron wouldn't budge! The waffle had cooked up and now held the waffle iron hostage. No matter how I tried to cajole that waffle out of the iron, it was not to be. In desperation, I pulled the waffle iron open and split the waffle right down the middle. I had to scrape and scrub and scrape some more before I finally cleaned all the remnants of waffle out of my new waffle iron. Greasing the waffle iron again (making sure to get every crack and crevice) I gave the waffle iron another try. Nope. Not this time either. The waffle just seemed to bake into the waffle iron and become an impenetrable mass of baked batter. Apparently, Teflon isn't always "no-stick"!
After attempting our fancy non-electric waffle iron innumerable times, we finally admitted defeat. This time, we bought a shiny, beautiful new waffle iron with temperature adjustments and a whistle that sounded when the waffle was done to perfection. Truthfully, this waffle iron was wonderful right out of the box. It never stuck and always produced golden waffle perfection. Until it died, that is. One evening I planned waffles and bacon for dinner. It was hot outside and I didn't want to heat the house up by starting the propane stove. I started bacon, plugged in the waffle iron and proceeded to mix up the batter. The bacon was done, the batter was ready and I opened the waffle iron. Nothing. It wasn't even a little bit warm. I fussed with the temperature dial, unplugged it and plugged it back in, tried a different outlet. Nothing! I asked for a second opinion and Sir Knight rendered the verdict - DOA. We had to make do with waffle pancakes (you know, pancakes made out of waffle batter) while pretending we were eating crispy, sweet waffles.
I didn't really want to buy another electric waffle iron, but the non-electric version was out of the question. And then the solution presented itself. The kids and I were wandering through an antique/junk store and there it was - a cast iron waffle maker! I had seen these little beauties before but never really given them much thought until now. Looking it over, I knew we must give it a try.
Oh, wow! This little waffle iron is worth its weight in iron. It did take a little experimentation and a bit of getting used to, but when you get it right, it produces the most wonderfully golden, crunchy waffles ever. Because of the design, it can be used on a wood stove, a gas range or even over an electric burner. Talk about versatile!
|Ring base (with socket)|
|Half of the waffle iron|
|Lifted slightly and turning in the socket|
|Just out of the iron|
Being a prepper is a way of life. Finding tools that will serve your purposes now and will also be useful if the grid goes down is like having your cake and eating it too!
2 C. flour (either white or wheat)
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 3/4 C milk
2 eggs, separated and beaten
1/2 C butter, melted
Mix dry ingredients together; add milk and egg yolks. Blend in melted butter; gently fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Lightly grease a heated waffle iron; add batter and heat according to waffle iron's instructions. Makes 4 to 5 servings. (We always double this recipe).
|Breakfast is served!|