Outdoor Cooking Gear for Adventurers: The Petromax Waffle Iron Review
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It’s obvious… Outdoor cooking gear is on my mind these days.
First, I shared my top 10 picks for camp cooking equipment.
Next, I did an in-depth review of my fave grill – The Lotus Grill.
Today, I have something just as special – The Petromax Waffle Iron.
You guys… check it out!
Crafted from made-to-last cast iron with sturdy wooden handles for easy gripping, this waffle iron is a beauty indeed.
But the real test was whether we would be able to make scrumptious waffles on an open fire when we go camping.
You know me…
I had to give this outdoor cooking equipment a real ‘road test’ and nope, my kitchen wouldn’t do.
So, off we went to the Black Forest where my parents-in-law live and decided to give the Petromax Waffle Iron a real workout.
The sun was out, the mood was great and the spot was perfect.
Now the only question was whether the Petromax waffle maker would do the job.
Here’s what we found…
Early Experiments with the Petromax Waffle Iron
Well, we took the iron out for a spin, got a great fire going and brought out the ready-to-use waffle mix to which we added half-fat milk. I thought a ready-to-use waffle dough would be a practical idea…
BIG mistake, people.
From one food-loving adventurer to another, do NOT trust ready-to-use mixes. Instead, make your own. The waffles will come out much better.
Also, choose full-fat milk over half-fat for your waffles. You’re indulging. Make it count.
Plus, the waffles will taste amazing too.
So, needless to say, our first attempt at making waffles with this ready-to-use mix didn’t go as per the plan.
The batter was too runny.
The waffles undercooked.
On our 2nd try with the waffle iron though, things were SO much better. Here’s what we made.
Morsels of crisp, buttery yumminess cooked to perfection.
Oh, and they’re easy to make too!
Here’s my recipe for “Orangy Yeast Waffles”:
50g sugar (add some more sugar if you like your waffles a bit sweeter)
1 packet of dry yeast
1 packet of vanilla sugar
500ml milk (lukewarm)
a pinch of salt
Just add everything together in a big bowl using about ⅔ of the milk and stir well until you have a batter which is smooth but not too runny. If you feel that the batter could be a bit smoother, add the rest of the milk bit by bit, until you have the right consistency. Put your stirring bowl with the batter in a warm and dry place, cover it up with a kitchen towel and wait for 20 minutes for the yeast to do its magic.
Yes, the Petromax waffles are a hit with my family.
Both my husband and daughter LOVED being a part of the cooking process too. It was SO fun to see my daughter Luisa wanting to help and waiting for the waffles.
Why the Petromax Waffle Iron is a Must-Have for Your Outdoor Cooking Gear
It’s pretty clear…
Waffles for breakfast, lunch or even dinner sounds perfect to all three of us.
And the Petromax doesn’t disappoint.
Here’s why I think this nifty piece of cooking equipment is a must for any outdoor cooking enthusiast:
Made to last: Cast iron cooking equipment is made to last and this waffle iron is no different. Not only is it durable, it’s beautifully crafted which makes it a winner! Yes, I like pretty things and this waffle iron is PRETTY!!
Healthy cooking made easy: Using cast iron cookware is healthier as compared to other non-stick options since you avoid all those nasty chemicals that are usually used to produce a non-stick coating! Cast iron is naturally non-stick too especially if you season it right.
How do you season your cast iron waffle maker?
Tara from Sustainable Baby Steps has these tips:
“Seasoning or curing is what creates the non-stick surface. This is accomplished when the oils or fats seep into the crevices of the pan and polymerize (harden) to create a slick surface. The more your pan is heated and cooled, the slicker this surface becomes, which is why some of the best pans often come from Grandma’s house after decades of use.”
For seasoning and to give your Petromax Waffle Iron some extra TLC I recommend the Petromax Care and Seasoning Conditioner which has been created especially to season cast iron products. It is made of pure natural ingredients, it’s food safe (of cause) and completely neutral in taste and odor.
Easy on the Pocket: The Petromax Waffle Iron costs around 35 Euro or $41 and will be your loyal companion for years (or even decades) to come for your outdoor adventures and camping holidays. I am sure that the Petromax Waffle Iron will outlive the odd electrical waffle maker at your home.
Things to Keep in Mind When Cooking with the Petromax Waffle Iron
I’m sharing the key takeaways from the extensive tests we did, so you can enjoy cooking mouthwatering waffles on the Petromax waffle iron outdoors too.
Hot Embers are Essential
It is important to have hot embers for you to place the waffle iron on. You can either prepare a nicely burning campfire or a glowing hot BBQ grill. Get a roaring campfire going with these tips from the Art of Manliness.
Time it Right
The waffle iron is suitable for two waffles of 9×11 cm. As far as timing goes, my estimation is that it takes about 4 minutes in total to bake a waffle. That’s approximately 2 minutes on each side of the waffle maker.
For the recipe I shared above the timing was 3 minutes from each side for the first run as the iron needed to heat up. For the subsequent waffles it only took about 2 minutes on each side.
Perfect Your Waffle Dough or Batter
Finally, as you must’ve realised from my disastrous first attempt at making waffles, getting your waffle dough perfect is KEY.
If it’s too runny, it will make flipping the waffle maker around very messy and leak out into the fire. And the waffles wouldn’t taste great either.
Swipe my recipe above or if you’re feeling extra-adventurous, try out these indulgent Campfire Cinnamon Roll Waffles by Dirty Gourmet.
Give It Some Grease
While your cast iron waffle maker is naturally non-stick and will continue to get better as it seasons, you may want to add some oil or butter before adding the waffle dough or batter and ensure that the waffles don’t stick to the cast iron.
While this cast iron waffle maker is sturdy, it can also be heavy.
So, if you don’t want to hold it until the waffle is ready, try to find something, like a rock or a bigger piece of wood to prop the waffle maker against or even better: put the waffle iron directly into the hot embers.
There you have it, my friend!
An up, close and perfectly yummy look at the Petromax Waffle Iron. This is one item that you’ll get a lot of mileage from when you’re cooking outdoors and enjoying camping with the family.
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**Disclaimer: The Petromax Waffle Iron was provided to me by Petromax for this review. I am sharing my own and honest opinion about the product in this article to provide useful insights about outdoor cooking gear with the readers of Culinatour.com.**