When I was a child my mom made all 10 of us children breakfast every morning before we headed out the door for school. It seemed like she made an endless amount of waffles? Think about it, if each of us had two waffles, she’d cook a minimum of 20 waffles. I don’t remember the make of the waffle iron except that it was square, and had 4 slots. I could never eat 4 whole squares, but, one of my other siblings, like my brother Albie could.
I remember Mom standing over the waffle iron many mornings, and they were the best waffles ever! I do believe my love for kitchen gadgets started right there!
A few weeks ago I found a vintage waffle irons at GW. It immediately brought me back to my childhood and eating the waffles Mom made for us.
It’s a 1960s General Electric reversible plate waffle iron and sandwich grill, Model A32G48T. It’s in excellent shape, with nice features, a dial with three temperature settings plus waffle mode, indicator light on the front, and coated non-stick griddle plates, removable for easy cleaning. Wattage 900
The waffles turned out great and I also used it as a panini press. Worked really well.
Then a few weeks ago I found another waffle iron…
Another General Electric from the 1950’s, Model 14G44, 1100 watts. 11″ by 6″ waffles. It can be laid out flat so both sides can be used as a griddle. The top lifts up on this one to accommodate larger items, so it’s works great for sandwiches as a panini press too.
This one isn’t non-stick, but with having 1100 watts it’s very powerful. I’m keeping his one and bringing the first one to my shop, Indian Oaks, Bourblouranis, IL.
But before I did, I wanted to give it a test run. Mom used to add maple syrup to her waffle batter. After my batter was combined I stirred in two tablespoons of pure maple syrup.
Before making the waffles I fried up some bacon…
If you looking for a vintage waffle maker there are a few things you should look for:
Look at the condition of the waffle iron, the outside, the chrome is in. Is it scratched up? Most will have some minor scratches (from cleaning/storing) but heavy scouring causes the chrome to dull, making it less appealing.
Another thing to check out is how worn is it. Old waffle irons were typically raw aluminum that needed heavy oiling to prevent sticking but it also caused a lot of build up which most people refer to as seasoning.
Vintage waffle irons can be expensive, but not at a thrift stores, both of mine were only $6.00. They have already stood the test of time…and will more than likely keep working perfectly long after I’m gone. They are truly an investment and a keepsake that can be handed down for generations.
If you’d like to see some more vintage waffle irons click here.
Do you have a vintage waffle iron?