Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker
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- The Calphalon Kitchen Electrics collection features our exclusive Opti-Heat System. Designed to provide accurate temperature control and even heat delivery, Opti-Heat ensures that foods cook evenly and thoroughly, for reliable results you can count on – every time.
- Illuminated No Peek progress indicator shows. browning progress without lifting the cover.
- High performance bronze nonstick plates.
- Three temperature settings; Light, Medium & Dark.
- Chimes when ready. Automatic shut-off feature.
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Calphalon's No Peek Waffle Maker is perfect for making thick, delicious Belgian waffles. Just pour in the batter and set the shade selector; the No Peek indicator lets you know exactly how brown your waffle is getting – without lifting the cover! Calphalon's exclusive Opti-Heat system ensures even heat delivery. The high performance bronze nonstick surface means you won’t have to add butter or oil to get easy release. And clean-up is a breeze. "
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I was ready to buy the Cuisinart WAF-6 (and I would recommend it based on its reviews if you're a die-hard fan of the thinner, traditional-style waffles), but then I spied this Calphalon. The reviews were slightly better than the Cuisinart, and since another reviewer said the pockets were not as deep as a traditional belgian waffle, I thought it would be a nice in-between and gave it a try and hoped for the best. The BEST is EXACTLY what I got.
Here's my top 5 favorite features of this waffle maker:
1. The chime and LED lights work perfectly. The chime is pleasant and on-the-money. The lights light up one-by-one as your waffles are cooking, appearing just like the progress bar on your internet browser. So I can cut up and syrup a couple waffles for my kids while the next batch is going, and simply look over to see if they're almost done so I can man my station.
2. As previously stated, the waffles are a nice compromise between traditional- and belgian-style waffles. I love the crisp outside and the fluffy inside.
3. NO OIL!! I have baked about 15 batches so far, and I have never used a drop of oil. I was shocked to read in the instructions that you don't have to use oil at all, ever! And in approx. 15 batches, I have had only 1 that stuck (when I had lifted the lid about half way and realized they were sticking to the top plate, I gently coaxed them with my spatula and they came right off).
4. Clean-up is so easy, they say just wipe the surface with a damp cloth (only use water), and it has worked every time. I occasionally fill it too full and a little batter seeps out the front, so I just wait a couple minutes til it dries, then just wipe it off, again with only a damp cloth. It doesn't get any easier than that!
5. It pre-heats in about 5 minutes (depending on your setting, of course), and only takes 3-5 minutes to bake a batch.
My words of wisdom to anyone buying this waffle maker:
1. Follow the manufacturer's instructions - they work!!
2. DO NOT USE A PRE-PACKAGED WAFFLE BATTER, AND DEFINITELY DO NOT USE A PANCAKE RECIPE!! PLEASE, PLEASE don't buy a real nice waffle maker and then pour liquid garbage on it! You would only have yourself to blame for having sucky or at least mediocre waffles.
3. Read my recipe, directions & other useful hints, tips & tricks below.
Here's my PERFECT WAFFLE RECIPE (it's actually from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (page 127 - "fast waffles"), except that I add sugar to the recipe):
You will need:
1-3/4 cup milk (I use 2%)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon double-acing baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Separate the egg whites from the yolks (do not skip this step - it makes all the difference in fluffy waffles).
2. Beat the egg whites until they thicken into a foamy white texture, set aside.
3. Add milk & oil to egg yolks, beat gently until mixed, do not over-mix.
4. Add all dry ingredients to yolk/milk/oil mixture, stir with spoon first, then beat until all lumps disappear (B H&G says to leave the batter lumpy - my mum and I respectfully disagree).
5. GENTLY fold beaten egg whites into mixture, DO NOT stir or beat. I personally fold until no lumps of egg white remain visible, although others may disagree, including B H&G.
6. Pre-heat waffle iron to whatever setting you intend to bake your waffles at (I use just one notch above "Medium").
7. Spoon batter into measuring cup (for precision and easier pouring), fill to 2 cups exactly (you may have to adjust this depending on what recipe you use).
8. When chime signals iron is ready, evenly pour batter onto iron. There should be no need to spread the batter using a utensil. There may be some batter that runs over into the excess batter channel - this is fine, if not preferred.
9. I close the lid very slowly (5 seconds) to hedge against spillage.
10. Enjoy your perfect waffles when the chime sounds!
Other useful hints, tips & tricks:
1. For the setting I like, which is just a click above Medium, it ALWAYS smells like the waffles are burning, but alas! they are not. So don't be alarmed if you smell burning waffle. If they truly come out burnt, just adjust the dial down a notch.
2. This recipe makes just over 4 cups of batter, which is 2 batches on this waffle maker. The recipe is pretty easy to cut in half if you just want to make one batch. If you're making waffles for yourself, one batch will be more than enough!!
3. My kids like chocolate chip waffles - try using a hair under 2 cups of batter - pour it in the iron, THEN sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of the batter. They sink into the batter and partially melt during baking, creating a restaurant-quality chocolate chip waffle the kiddos will love!
4. Some recipes I've looked at recommend substituting some brown sugar for the regular sugar - I tried this and it wasn't bad (I replaced the 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar).
Considering the one I threw out probably cost around $20 back in the mid '90s I expected this massive chrome $100 maker to be something really special.
Now after using it 3 times using 3 different waffle recipes, I can only say how wrong I was.
The first thing I noticed was the finish. I am very disapointed in the finish of this waffle maker. It looks and feels like it wasn't finished at all. It has a very rough brushed stainless steel look and the handle has quite sharp edges.
All the beeps seem to work, and the dial is cool looking but kind of worthless in my opinion. I have yet to get the light and crispy golden brown waffles like my old maker made from this ""beast". Even at the darkest setting I could not get a crispy brown waffle... I always had to leave it in longer and yes...PEEK til they got a golden brown. A light tan... perfect for freezing and using as toaster waffles" was the best this thing could do even at darkest setting.
A big caveat! Do NOT start out with 2 cups of batter as it suggests in the worthless instruction book, (which BTW has recipe for a "health waffle" but no traditional "Belgian waffle" recipe.) I started out with the recommended 2 cups and had a massive 20 minute clean up to do.
I guess my first belgian waffle recipe's batter expands more than their test batters, (did not require separating the eggs) When I used the 2 cups suggested in the instructions that come with the unit and ended up with huge clean up job as it totally overflowed all over the front and sides... the waffles from this batch came out the best so far, color and crispy-wise but they were heavier than I like a waffle to be.
The clean-up was a drag as there are seams that run all around the unit that have a lip that faces up and I had to use a toothpick to get all of the batter out of them.
We tried another Belgian waffle recipe with sour cream. This time we started with 1 cup and ended up going with 1 1/2 which was about perfect. I figured because of the sour cream these waffles took quite a while to cook and never did get crispy. I always freeze most of the batches I make and so I like to pull all but the ones I eat a bit early so they toast up nice. (which they did)
Today I did the really true classic Belgian waffle recipe that we used to use on our old maker and again the waffles would not crisp up.
I waited for the beeps in between and even turned dial to the max, and still the waffles just never did get crisp.
I would return this but I think it is too late. I don't eat waffles but 1 or 2 times a month and it has now been almost 2 mos.
-- Cool looking design. Looks good from a distance
-- makes BIG waffles
-- can be stored standing on it's side.
-- non-stick surface worked perfectly
-- great for making toaster waffles
-- Poor finish, sharp edges, rough brushed stainless
-- bad instructions
-- medium is light, dark is medium,
-- golden brown requires more time than the dial offers
1) The thing heats up super quick
2) The waffle maker turns out waffles in record time...3 minutes tops
3) The waffles are golden brown
4) Consistent heating for all 4 waffles
5) stylish brushed aluminum handle...shows attention to detail
6) hideaway chord, sunk into bottom of unit
7) no peak is right...the thing is buzzing before you can say "how do you do" and the waffles are really ready when it beeps.
8) I will have to give future reviews...but with the construction, it appears the thing will last for ages
9) The temp setting is a plus...I used medium