I like cast iron cookware. The large cast iron frying pan that I use so much it usually just sits on the stove rather than getting tucked into one of the cupboards dates back to my grandmother and was produced in a foundry not far from here that is long gone. Unless it gets thrown out it will be just as useful for one of my grandkids – now that’s longevity. But a large part of why we see cast iron cookware stay around is because it isn’t just durable but functional. That same large frypan is so well seasoned I have no problem baking thin crepes and can tell when the crepe is ready to flip by picking up the pan and tilting it – the crepe is ready when it starts sliding on the bottom of the pan. You aren’t going to get a surface that slippery with stainless, and I doubt those fancy surface coatings like Teflon will be durable enough to last a decade let alone my lifetime.
So it’s into that matrix that the Texsport Waffle Iron enters into the mix. Unlike the Teflon coated electric waffle irons this one will last generations. Now is it good enough that your grandkids will list it among the things they want from your estate? Yes – if you get it right.
The first part of getting the use of this waffle iron right is making sure it stays well seasoned. A little oil goes a long way to building and maintaining that surface. Unlike cast iron frypans and griddles the projections on a waffle iron make it very unforgiving if not properly seasoned – there is no cheating possible.
The other part of getting it right is making sure that you don’t treat this unit as if it is solidly held together. Both sides of the iron come apart and the ring that hold the iron is free too. When you flip the iron from one side to the other you need to hold the ring steady – I just use the dishtowel that usually hangs on my oven door since the ring does get hot. You also need to hold onto the upper half of the iron when you open it up to put in the batter or to remove the waffle – don’t get lulled into thinking that you can lean it back and have it stay in place – it won’t.
In terms of what cooktops it works with – it works with induction tops, with resistance tops and I’ve even used it on propane camp stoves.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely for less than $50 it’s a great buy, even if it only lasts five generations that’s still only $10 per generation – so pick one up and fancy up your breakfasts while acquiring a future heirloom. Check this out for a great whole grain waffle recipe.