What is a Professional Waffle Maker

by Ben Panny

The waffle iron came to America with the Dutch pilgrims in the year 1620. These first models were of a basic construction featuring two hinged iron grid plates attached to two long wooden handles. The waffle maker was filled with a leavened quick bread batter then closed and baked over an open-hearth fire, hand rotated to make sure even distribution of batter. The professional waffle maker right now maintains these fundamental qualities, combines them with technological improvements, and meets the requirements of the busy food service market.

What exactly is A Proffesional Waffle Maker?

The initial professional waffle iron was made by the Edison Electric Appliance Company in Ontario, California in the mid-1920’s. It featured a heavy-duty Cal-rod heating element, which permitted for continuous use in a commercial environment. Constant use is the very first challenge facing any commercial kitchen appliance.

Constant use means high heat for hours at a time. To endure this your waffle maker should have the subsequent features: 1. The power cord should be a permanent attachment unlike the home models that have a detachable cord.

2. The appliance housing must be die-cast. Die-casting has proved to be highly efficient at handling heat. Stainless steel housings can become scalding hot under commercial conditions.

3. Look for an embedded heating element. Embedded heating elements are actually superior than the original cal-rod by regularly distributing the heat throughout the cooking surface.

4. Food service cooking depends on speed to be profitable. A commercial waffle maker needs a minimum of 1650 watts, to make sure fast pre-heating and rapid cooking. The home versions have between 550 watts and 1250 watts and can take 15 minutes or more to pre-heat.

5. The control panel mounted over the cooking surface is actually a feature usually found on commercial models. Nemco Food Equipment commercial waffle makers especially features top mounted controls. Cleaning the batter spilled onto the control panel is one more thing that consumes time at the end of a shift. The top mounted control panel is effectively up and out of the way.

6. A lot of commercial models have drip trays below the griddle. This too saves clean-up time.

7. One feature identified only on a professional waffle iron is the floating hinge. While preparing the classic Belgian waffle, a waffle recipe using a yeast-leavened batter, the floating hinge allows the waffle to rise to its fullest potential.

A single grid professional waffle maker can generate as many as 25 waffles an hour. A double grid waffle maker can create as many as 60 waffles an hour. The average single grid home countertop waffle maker would do well to produce 10 waffles within an hour.

There is some discussion about the safety of the non-stick surface material used on waffle makers currently. Some non-stick materials will reportedly out gas at high temperatures. Adequate ventilation is important in any kitchen. However, there are options available for those professionals looking for a more traditional cooking surface.

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