Getting a new waffle iron can be intimidating if you have never used one before. Here are some tips & tricks to make it easier!

Are you supposed to spray a waffle maker?

Nonstick waffle makers should only need a light coating of cooking oil before the first time they’re used for the batch. Not on every waffle but just the first time. Oil misters are the best!

Can you substitute milk for water in waffles?

Use 1 cup of water for every 1 cup of milk in your recipe. Water will work but it doesn’t add as much flavor. If possible, use milk!

Should I rest waffle batter?

Letting the batter rest in the fridge for about 10 minutes, while the waffle maker preheats. This allows the gluten to relax and expand a bit which results in a more tender texture as the waffles cook. Also the cooler batter, helps keep the insides from overcooking while the exteriors get nice and crisp.

Is pancake and waffle mix the same thing?

Pancakes and waffles typically have the same or similar ingredients but the taste and texture are quite different. Pancakes are usually light and fluffy and waffles are a little denser.

What temperature should a waffle iron be set at?

Your waffle iron temperature should be between 370° and 440°F. Set it on the lowest setting for lighter waffles and higher for darker. Play around with it to find your perfect setting.

How long do you leave waffles in a waffle maker?

It usually takes about 5 minutes depending on the model. If your waffle iron has an indicator light it will turn off/ or on when the waffles are done. If not, simply open it a bit to check. You can always close and cook a little longer if not. 

Are Waffles better with oil or butter?

Oil is better in the batter, butter on top. The oil will give you crispier waffles and keep your batter thin. 

Standard Waffle Makers vs. Belgium Waffle Makers

When comparing the two types of waffle makers, Belgium waffle makers tend to come out on top. As a whole, they cook more evenly and make waffles that are crispy on the outside but still fluffy in the middle.

Why are my waffles not fluffy?

Classic waffle batter is leavened both chemically (using baking powder or soda) and mechanically (with beaten egg whites folded in). To make fluffy waffles, be sure the egg whites are beaten to perfectly stiff peaks.

Why are my waffles sticking to the waffle maker?

There can be a few reasons why they are sticking: Too much oil or a lack of oil. The batter may stick if there is no egg yolk in it; must have egg yolk or oil for non-stick. It is always recommended to spray a non-stick product on the plates.