Nothing is more inspiring than eating freshly baked waffles in the early morning before work. Better yet, how about waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and making warm waffles with fresh fruit and whip cream on top, with a hot coffee on the side. What a way to start your day! Warm, fluffy waffles are the perfect way to kick-start your day, both weekdays and weekends. What about dessert on a Friday night? Nothing hits the spot like a fresh, crispy waffle with ice cream on top!
When preparing delicious, restaurant-quality waffles, all you have to do is plug in your waffle maker and allow it to warm up before pouring your batter and a few flavorful toppings. With all of the different waffle irons available, it’s easier than ever to find a waffle maker that fits your needs and your budget.
Now that you’ve enjoyed your breakfast and realize that you need to get to work, there’s one thing you have to do before leaving your house, clean your waffle iron. This part is the downside of baking waffles because cleaning the crevices on the grids can be quite frustrating and time-consuming. You can always let it sit and clean it later, but letting food collect on a kitchen appliance can cut down it’s life and will make it even harder to clean later on.
While this might be the case, we have good news for all kitchen appliance enthusiasts. Here are new ways of cleaning your waffle iron without having to spend all day in the kitchen.
How to clean your waffle maker
There are two major types of waffle makers on the market. The first type has non-removable plates while the second type has removable plates.
Cleaning a waffle maker with non-removable plates
Step one—allow the waffle iron to cool down
The first step of cleaning your waffle iron is unplugging it from the main power source and allowing it to cool down. It may be common sense, but it’s easy to remember this point when you’re in a rush to get done. Remember the non-removable plates can’t be immersed in water, so after unplugging the appliance from the power source, allow it to cool down while eating your waffles.
By the time you finish your breakfast, your waffle iron will have cooled down and will be ready to clean.
Step two: Remove excess oil
With the help of a damp paper towel, clean the grid plates gently or simply place the paper towel inside the plates, then close the lid to allow the waffle maker to clean itself with the available steam.
After a minute or two, open up the lid and wipe the rest of the plates to remove any oils that might have accumulated.
Step three: brushing away stubborn grips
The next step is to check for any traces of stubborn baked-on waffle crumbs. To do this, you can apply a few drops of oil to the grid plates then allow it to soak in that oil for some time before cleaning the non-stick surface with a dry towel or paper towel.
Alternatively, if the waffle debris are too stubborn, you can use a soft kitchen brush or soft-bristled toothbrush to brush the plates and remove any debris.
Step four: cleaning the exterior of the waffle iron
Finally, clean the exterior of the waffle iron with a damp cloth. This will allow you to remove any extra batter that might have spread to the casing during baking.
Always be cautious and avoid wiping the casing with a wet cloth to prevent getting shocked the next time you bake you waffles.
Cleaning a waffle iron with removable plates
Step one: Allow the waffle iron to cool down
As usual, disconnect the waffle maker from the main power source and allow it to cool while you enjoy your waffles. When done, follow the instructions on how to remove the plates, and be careful not to damage the surface.
Step two: Soak the plates in water
This can be done either in the sink or in a basin full of warm water. Clean the plates naturally with a soft towel without applying any soap detergents, as they can damage the non-stick surface.
Make sure the towel, sponge, or brush you’re using to clean the plates is soft and gentle so you don’t scratch the non-stick surface.
Step three: Let the plates dry before snapping them back
Here, you can either allow the plates to self-dry naturally, or you can simply use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe them if you’re in a hurry.
Make sure that the plates are completely dry before you snap them back onto the waffle iron to avoid any problems the next time you connect your appliance to the power outlet.
To make your clean the most low maintenance clean up possible, it’s best to find a waffle maker with removable plates, one just like this Hamilton Beach Waffle Maker with removable plates. This will allow you to pop off the plates and leave them soaking in water all day. When you return home, you can take them out and let them dry overnight before using again the next day. Having cleanup be this easy means that you can enjoy delicious waffles everyday without the mess!
Following these instructions will ensure that your Waffle Maker will last for years.