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Never clean a waffle maker while it's still hot. Let it cool completely.
Never dunk your entire waffle maker in water.
Never use scouring pads, steel wool or abrasive cleansers.
Never use a knife or pointed object to clean your waffle maker(I've actually seen that advised on less reputable sites).
When it comes to cleaning a waffle maker, your first source of information should always be the owner's manual. There are many different kinds of waffle makers, so your buddy Mr Breakfast will gladly defer his expertise to the company that makes your waffle maker.
What I can speak about is my own favorite waffle iron. It's a modern electric waffle iron with non-stick and non-removable baking plates. That's the same kind you have? Oh good. It looks like you came to the right guy.
Cleaning the baking plates:
Remove any small puddles of oil with a dry paper towel.
Brush away any crumbs with a soft-bristled kitchen brush or old toothbrush.
Remove any batter stuck to the iron with a rubber spatula.
To remove really-stuck-on batter, douse the baked-on batter with cooking oil. Wait 5 minutes for the batter to soften. Dab the batter off with a paper towel or cloth.
To prevent staining and long-term oil build up, wipe down the baking plates with a damp cloth or paper towel.
Make sure the waffle iron is completely dry before storing.
To clean the exterior, wipe down the housing and handle with a damp cloth.
Keeping it clean:
There are a couple things to remember to make sure our kind of waffle maker stays clean.
Unless stated otherwise in the manufacturer's instructions, you should never coat the baking plates of a non-stick waffle iron with cooking spray. Over time that will give you a gummy build up that will turn your waffle maker to junk. Today, when a waffle maker makes the claim that it's non-stick, they really mean it. The only oil you need is the oil in the recipe. If your waffles are sticking, it's your batter that needs more oil, not your waffle maker.
Unless stated otherwise in the manufacturer's instructions, don't use soap to clean your baking plates. Soap can be the enemy of a non-stick surface. Oil - on the other hand - can be a great friend. It creates a thin layer that helps maintain the non-stick surface. Soap will completely obliterate that layer of friendly oil. Harsh soaps can deteriorate the manufacturer's non-stick surface over time.
You need 4 oz plain flour, 2 oz rolled oats, 2 oz whole-wheat flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 tablespoon salt,1 tbsp cinnamon, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cup of milk, and some vegetable oil.
1. Put flours,oats, sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon into one bowl. 2. Put eggs, milk, and oil into another bowl and mix. 3. Pour the egg mix into the first bowl and mix again. 4. Put half cup of batter in the waffle iron and voila, your first waffle is here.
2 eggs, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup vegetable oil or 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) margarine or butter melted, 1 3/4 cups milk, 1 T. granulated or brown sugar, 4 tea. baking powder, 1/4 tea salt.
Heat waffle baker. Beat eggs with wire whisk or hand beater in medium bowl until fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients just until smooth. Pour about 2/3 cup batter onto center of hot waffle baker. Bake about 5 minuted or until READY light goes off. Remove waffle carefully. About 3 1/2 cups batter.
When light is off, pour (aprox) 1/4 cup batter on each of the 2 (of the 4) waffle panels on the bottom surface. Close lid; then, per manual, wait about 90 seconds. The light may flicker on/off while baking but disregard. You may experiment with different times by observing "steam" from coming out of baking area. Remove waffles with a plastic spatula (as knives may scratch the non stick coating)
When cleaning, power unit off.. Do not immerse unit in water. Wipe down with a soapy/damp cloth.
I tried using non stick spray and it seemed to make them "soggy"; it also required up to 2 mins (used a "sand timer") then flipped waffles, then another 2mins..
FIrst, make sure there is some kind of fat or oil in the waffle batter recipe. This is the biggest difference between waffle and pancake batter. Go to Sams or a restaurant supply store and get a spray product like waffle-off. Spray lightly aftter every few waffles. Use lightly as heavy spray can cause build up. If you can't find this product use one of the PAM type sprays for BBQ grills or maybe an olive oil based product. Regular Pam sprays build up faster as they are not really designed for this. Don't try to wash the grids between uses as they need to keep the oil coating. (Like using a cast iron skillet) They will turn a dark brown. Just brush off crumbs or use a damp rag. Make sure the waffles are completely cooked as when not completely cooked they will seperate and be very difficult to remove. They are cooked when the steam stops coming from the sides. This will take 3 - 6 minutes. Don't preheat with the iron open or allow it to stand open for any longer than necessary. (It can overheat)
Seems to me it may be a rising-too-quickly problem. Could be you are at altitude, or maybe this particular unit is getting hotter than normal. Try using a little less baking soda.
Conversely, perhaps it's a too-slippery-problem, if this is a Teflon coated unit maybe there is a little too much oil in the batter or you are being a little generous when oiling the waffle iron before putting in the batter.