Why do people like waffle irons that flip?

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  1. Muse

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    Reading reviews of waffle irons I see that many people prefer an iron that they can flip over during the cooking process. Why do they do this and what is the advantage?
     
  2. brblx

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    to more evenly distribute the batter, i guess.

    but you're doing it wrong if you need to do that.
     
  3. rcpratt

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    Everything is more fun when you flip it.
     
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    I'm looking into getting a cast iron one. I hope it works like it should
     
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    The rotation makes waffles more uniform with less voids and both waffle plates get an even distribution of batter.
     
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    i guess all the professionals do it wrong then.. since nearly every professional chef uses the flip waffle maker... and even in Belgium where waffles were invented, they use the flip style (there's a reason its called the Belgium Waffle maker) .. but what do they know... brblx knows better :rolleyes:
     
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    yup.

    if you can't competently make a waffle in a normal, non-flipping wafflemaker, you should kill yourself.
     
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    Are we talking this:

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    Or this:

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    I'd say the top type wins.
     
  10. Muse

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    The top one looks like you put it over a flame on your gas range. Tricky because your flame will be different every time unless you have a range with detents (mine doesn't). I ordered this one yesterday (Proctor-Silex 26500 Morning Baker Belgian Waffle Baker):

    http://www.amazon.com/Proctor-Silex-26500-Morning-Belgian-Waffle/dp/B00004X13D/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1273067316&sr=1-1

    Consumer Research website

    http://www.consumersearch.com/waffle-irons/best-waffle-irons

    says it's very highly recommended by buyers, seems like good candidate for best bang for the buck award. Both my waffle irons crapped out recently and I've been Jonesing for waffles. I think I'll try flipping this one although I don't think it was designed for that. A few reviews at Amazon say they've had good success flipping this waffler. I read every one of the 90 reviews a Amazon. No bells and whistles, but consistently makes great waffles is the skinny. Plus it stores upright, takes up little space. Might be cheaper locally (Wal-Mart?), but seems pretty cheap at $30.57 shipped, so WTH. Should have it in a matter of days.

    Edit: I don't know why but when I hit the link for this waffler in this post it goes to a different page than the one Iordered it from. It's listed as $22 or so with $10 or so shipping. If you search for the Proctor-Silex 26500 at Amazon you get a page where it's $30.57 with Super Saver shipping, which is where I ordered it. :confused:
     
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    Holy shit. Served up with whipped cream and strawberries on top with a bit of syr....

    brb...buying a waffle iron.
     
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    I certaily could be wrong, but the only flip waffle makers I've seen (electric) are for Belgian waffles. I buy the idea that the flipping is needed to help distribute the batter and heat evenly because it is a thicker waffle with deeper pockets.

    I've never seen an electric flip appliance for regular waffles, professional or not. Does such a thing exist? Are Belgian waffles made from the same recipe as regular waffles?
     
  13. SunnyD

    SunnyD Belgian Waffler

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    Indeed. At least that's what she told me.
     
  14. biggestmuff

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    The are different types of waffles. "The professionals" are doing the American version. While not wrong, it not too traditional and far from the tastier European variety. Waffles in Belgium are made a couple of different ways. They don't all use a flip-style press. The most popular type of waffle in Belgium doesn't use the thin, runny batter that is common in the States; it uses a dough.
     
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    They flip because the people making them secretly wish that they were making pancakes, a superior breakfast. A wafflemaker flips his waffle while imagining a pancake in much the same way a ATOTer tugs on his sausage, imagining that a pointy elbowed dame was doing it.
     
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    You can go to hell, sir!

    Waffles > pancakes

    BY FAR
     
  17. Muse

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    qft.
     
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    Waffle House? :awe:
     
  19. Muse

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    No, Hell. They do serve waffles in Hell, you know.
     
  20. BoomerD

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    Yes, but they come without butter or syrup...

    (unless you're talking about Hell, Michigan) :p
     
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    I had a waring pro waffle maker for about 3 years ($50 at sams). It makes some of the best waffles I've had. The point of the flip isn't only for even distribution, you can't make batter fill pockets that are 1/2 inch deep, the second reason you flip is to put more air into the batter. When you have more air you get lighter more crisp waffles.
     
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    :D
     
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    We have this one, works great. Mmmm waffles.

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    Unfortunately, GI search does not provide images of people flipping iron waffles, as I was 2 steps from creating an excellent parody thread.

    :(
     
  25. guyver01

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    This is the best one out there.. its the one that many hotels use for their continental breakfasts.

    Waring Pro WMK300A Professional Stainless-Steel Belgian Waffle Maker



     
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