Feb 19, 2021
Had this little jewel about 25 years, use it several times a month. Took a while to get it seasoned properly so the waffles pop right out with a chop stick pry. Found pure lard seasoned it best, with light oiling between batter pours. Have grilled chops, steaks and even tofu on 1/2 of it over a camp fire. Makes perfect grilled cheese sandwiches. Waffles come out golden and crispy. Learning curve involved with this top quality iron. Buy One!
Cast iron waffle maker
Jan 1, 2021
This makes a very good waffle of sufficient size for one person. I preheat a total of about 8 minutes which includes both sides. First having sprayed the plates with Pam or some other brand spray oil.Cook over medium/lower medium gas flame for 1 minute one side and 2 minutes the other side.Doesnt stick anywhere.Be sure to keep your heat resistant gloves on and let it cool down totally before separating the two sides for easy cleaning, because separating the two sides can be a little tricky at first until you learn the technique.
Save your money
Dec 27, 2020
Waffles stick to this thing like nothing I have ever seen. I tried one waffle in it and it stuck. The tag says it is pre-seasoned but after the first waffle I decided to season it again and that next waffle stuck too. This thing sticks every time. I increased the heat, reduced the heat, cooked longer, added more oil, used less oil, tried a different batter recipe and nothing worked. I checked the internet for hints on what I was doing wrong and the suggestions said that if you try to open it too soon the waffle splits in two and both sides stick. I didn't think this was my mistake but I decided to give it a try. So I let it cook longer, to the point that it was almost not edible. I did have a semi success with this in that it did not split in two but stuck like crazy to one side and the waffle was like leather. After prying that one out and cleaning out everything that was stuck, I tried a final one as an experiment. I let it cook a long time and this time both sides stuck together. I broke one handle prying it apart with a bar. That was my last attempt. I wish I read the reviews before purchasing this thing. I think the problem is that it is too rough on the inside, mine has a real grainy texture. I think there is too much friction from the coarse inside when trying to get the waffles out. I mean they do not come out looking anything like a waffle, they have to be scraped out in crumbs. The wire brush thing would likely grind down all the little ridges and make things better. I am seriously considering tossing this thing after only two unsuccessful days of messing with it. My recommendation is to spend a few dollars more and buy a good one.
Third time success!
Nov 11, 2020
It took three tries, with different recipes and procedural hints from both the Lehman's website customer comments and the broader internet-of-waffle-lovers, but I believe I've found the best way, at least for our older electric stove. 1) a medium-thickness batter (this is a tweak of one I found online, as the "thick" batter one from comments was too dry for our taste), for two hungry adults: Whisk together: 3/4 cp all purpose flour 1/2 Tbsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 Tbsp sugar Mix: 1 large egg 1/2 cp milk (I used soy) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cp olive oil (or part butter or 3 1/2 Tbsp melted butter) 3/8 cp soda water ADD to dry ingredients Stir in 1/2 cp fresh or thawed blueberries 2) LET REST 5 - 10 min while preheating waffle iron in two pieces (ONE PLATE ON EACH BURNER) I used just above medium heat - 8 o'clock on the dual, rather than 9) 3) pour batter into one plate of the waffle iron after thorough brushing of both plates with canola or other high-smoke-point oil 4)replace other plate and close 5) check after 3 min, flip if sufficiently browned and not sticking to the lower plate. 6) cook on second side 2 min. 7) remove with help of bamboo chopstick or bamboo spatula, if stuck. 8) repeat preheating step after each waffle ; keep warm in 200 F oven. Enjoy
A much much much better waffle...
May 16, 2020
Sometimes technology drives progress and makes things better, and sometimes it doesn't, the humble waffle is a perfect example of this. Waffles started out on cast iron and that is exactly where they should have stayed. As a professional chef, I can tell you that the equipment you use makes a huge difference in the result, and this Lehman's cast iron waffle maker makes a much better waffle, much much better. It's more hassle than a chemically treated, mass produced, aluminum stamped, and very toxic modern "non-stick" waffle maker, but it delivers a much better tasting waffle without the poison/toxins leaching into your food. Modern non stick is just teflon under another name, they use sister chemicals to make it and that lets them exploit a loophole where they can claim it is free of very specific chemicals while using almost identical sister chemicals that are just as bad, (but has yet to receive the name recognition). So PFOA and PTFE are subbed out for PFOx and PTFx and they get to claim their non stick is PTFE and PFOA "free" and hiding the fact that they are just as toxic (they do the same thing with BPA by subbing in BPS or any BPx so they can claim something is BPA free, but all the BPxs are equally as bad). Cast iron is safe and easy (providing you have a few brain cells and are not lazy). I just received this waffle iron (yesterday). I washed it in hot soapy water and then gave it a good season on the burners, and made some waffles. The waffles were perfectly crisp on the outside and light fluffy and delicate on the inside. They were absolutely delicious plain, right out of the iron, and only got better with butter and maple syrup. You instantly realize what you have been missing and why the waffle was worthy of it's very own specialty device (way back in history when it was very hard and expensive to do). This Lehman's cast iron waffle maker delivers a thick waffle that you could easily consider a Belgium waffle and yet thin enough to just call it a waffle (easily twice as thick as any frozen waffle). I recommend having an ove glove or two, a IR gun, a 1/2 cup measuring cup for perfect portioning, some common sense, and a little muscle (it's heavy-ish). I heated each side on its own burner to 400 F, I very lightly brushed with a high smoke point oil (organic sunflower oil with a smoke point of 425 F, applied with a silicone basting brush), added 1/2 cup of batter, and closed it together. Flip it every 30 seconds over medium flame, and give the handle a side wiggle at 2 minutes and gently open to check. The waffle will stick to one side or the other or both (this is common sense), if it sticks to both, you need to learn how to season cast iron (hint: oven seasoning is not the right way to season cast iron, highest heat possible, high smoke point oil, on a burner, NOT IN THE STUPID OVEN at a temp way to low to properly pyrolyze the oil!!! Get turkey deep fryer and season over the propane burner (outdoors) if you only have an electric stove top or season over a camp fire. You can season cast iron on induction as cast iron is magnetic but this waffle maker may have issues over certain induction tops because it's not flat on the outside (unless you make it flat with power tools and sand it smooth) Ok... So it doesn't matter which side the waffle sticks to, it will loosen with a gentle fork prodding (once done). Cook to the color you like and sit back and taste the reason waffles have been with us for so long and why many will never settle for a pancake. There is nothing wrong with pancakes and I make some spectacular pancakes, but nothing holds a candle to a good crisp, light, fluffy waffle (pancakes can't get that perfect waffle crisp just like oven fries can't get that deep fried in oil "crisp" (and air fryers are just convection ovens, they are not new). In conclusion, you cannot make a better waffle with anything other than cast iron, it is the perfect material for the alchemy required for a perfect waffle. You could get 2 of these but you would need 2 people making them, once they get up to temp, the waffle making takes about 2 to 3 very involved minutes per waffle (you would be hard pressed to juggle 2 by yourself unless you were doing something wrong... like not controlling the heat). This waffle maker is an incredible value and if you use it properly, it will deliver the best waffles you will ever eat. If you use it wrong, it could still deliver good waffles, but you would be wise to learn how to use it properly. I will buy a few of these for gifts and a possible back up, but just like love, one is all you need.
May 9, 2020
This iron worked perfectly! I'm super happy with it. I was concerned reading some of the other posts, but I'm very accustomed to cooking with cast iron. Let it thoroughly heat up first and spray oil works really well for getting in all the nooks. I made a thicker batter modified from one I found online. Would recommend. Recipe: 2eggs 1.5 cups extra creamy oatmilk (buttermilk should work here instead) Scant 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1tbs sugar 2 c. Flour 4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt Whisk the wet together while iron is preheating (I preheated 3-5 mins on each side on medium high) , then whisk in the dry ingredients. Should be a pretty thick batter (if it's too runny add a couple more tbs of flour). Spray with your choice of oil, put the batter in, close. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until steam reduces, flip cook for a couple more minutes. Cheers!
Overall very pleased
Apr 26, 2020
We were looking for an option that was cheaper than the $60 electric waffle irons, but didn't want something so cheap it would be tossed out after a year. This iron cast waffle iron was the right product for us. I think you need to be willing to put in the time to maintain the cast iron (which is trickier with a waffle iron than with a pan), and have the patience to cook waffles one at a time on a stove top and mess with the temperature to get it cooked evenly. We enjoyed the process and were pleased with this product. None of our waffles stuck, even the first one, and cleaning it was easy. We pre-heated the waffle iron, spray coated it with cooking-oil each time we added the batter, and also tried using butter. Both worked well, but got a little messy as the oil can spill out when you flip the iron. Depending on the heat level used, waffles come out soft and chewy or have a little crispiness to them. The iron does release some steam, but not a lot, so it's difficult to get really crispy waffles. The only big improvement I would suggest concerns the hinge that holds the two pans together. The "hook/socket" is not quite curved enough to hold the insert from the other pan, so the two slide along each other and lock in a way that interferes with opening the waffle iron. It's something we got used to, but is probably the most disappointing part of the waffle iron. All in all, we love it and plan to keep it for a long time.
Great Waffle Maker
Nov 1, 2018
Beginning I did not spray enough oil, it did not work well. After several trials, I got my perfect waffle! Because it is cast iron, it is better than the nonstick electronic waffle maker. Great waffle maker.
Blame the batter, not the iron!
Jan 21, 2018
The iron works well but the batter is critical. First couple of tries all failed no matter what temperature and bake time tried. The waffle always split in the middle, sticking ferociously to both halves of the iron - extremely frustrating. Luckily the irons clean easily under running water once cooled. Changed to a different brand batter (Arrow Mills buttermilk pancake & waffle mix) medium gas heat and bake a minute and a half each side and all waffles come out with a little assist from a fork. Turn the iron so that the waffle is stuck to the top half and gravity helps freeing the waffle. I preheat the iron during batter prep. and lubricate then with oil and a brush before the batter goes in. The Arrow Mills recipe has more egg in it. I suspect that's what made the difference between sticking disaster and a waffle that comes out. Tip: fill only one quarter of the iron with batter while you're figuring it out. That way you have less waffle to deal with and you get four tries before you used the entire iron. The irons are fine. No need to sand them or anything like that. I seasoned mine with Crisco (Lehman's recommends oil btw) and you probably want two irons depending your family size. Best of luck!
cast iron waffle iron
Nov 8, 2017
just bought the waffle iron. i haven't had any luck with it. the waffle stuck to the waffle iron when i opened it. disappointed. i only use cast iron pans, so using this type of cookware isn't new to me. wish i had saved my money.
Worth the effort.
Apr 9, 2017
After dissapointment buying an electric iron, I was pretty excited to try this one. With extra seasoning and following some tips from other commenters I was rewarded with crisp tasty waffles. It takes some practice to get it right but after a few tries I had some delicious rewards.
3rd Times a Charm
Mar 11, 2017
Run it hot with a thick batter! When this arrived I was excited for crispy hot waffles. I oil seasoned it before use in the oven, not trusting the pre-seasoning. Time for the test. Whipped up my favorite recipe and with the iron hot, poured in the batter. Waited and flipped, and flipped and flipped. No matter what I did the waffle was wet in the middle and stuck like crazy pulling apart when opening. First time no waffles. 2nd time same recipe, higher heat and more oil. Same results. I could see some improvement though. To the internet... I cleaned the waffle plates by boiling water in each one on the stove and scrubbing well with a brass brush, then boiling again. Most of the factory seasoning came off in the brushing and the waffle nubs became very smooth. I used no soap, only the hot water and the brush. Now the 3rd time, plates on the stove heating while making the batter. Electric range, big burner at setting 4. Flipping every few minutes while pre-heating. Test heat with a few drops of water on the outside of plate. Sizzles and skitters. Plates are smoking a little. Batter is ready! Made a thick batter this time. Like pudding. With a pastry brush wet the tops of the waffle nubs with olive oil on bottom plate. Flipped, open and oil the other plate. Poured in the batter and closed it up, crossing my fingers. Set a timer for 3 minutes. Flip plates at 1 minute. Flip at 3 and open. Success, a crispy well cooked waffle! No wimpy electric waffle iron waffles here. No sir! One after another. I was a waffle making machine. Oiling, pouring and flipping. No time for eating. My thoughts, Stick with it. It will work. I think the problem is fixed by running the iron hot with slight smoking. Using a thick batter with ample oil in it. Only lightly oiling the plates and only just before loading the waffle iron. This is an investment in learning and time but should last forever. Hope this helps and happy waffling.
The stuck waffle
Feb 27, 2017
We received this as a gift. We have all cast cookware and use a dutch oven as well. This waffle maker sticks no mater what we do, homemade batter or box it does not matter what oil we put on the cast. we keep trying and keep failing it might just end up on the old cookstove for decoration. We will try the wire wheel and preseason first.
He loves it, BUT,.....
Dec 28, 2016
This was an EAGERLY awaited x-mas gift for my husband. He was ecstatic. No problems with sticking, beautiful waffles. Absolutely loves it, EXCEPT for the hinge. First off, the hinge is too wide and too high, it needs to be smaller and closer to the bar it hinges on to. One side is easier to open and unhinge than the other, but BOTH sides are difficult to separate which is not fun when you are handling extremely hot cast iron and trying to get the waffle out without burning it or you. My husband says 4 out of 5 stars (only because of the hinge), but if he could, he would rate it 9.5 out of 10 :)
Feb 2, 2016
I opted for this waffle maker over the Rome brand maker which makes very thin waffles. This does not make super thick belgium style waffles but makes a respectably thick waffle and works great. I have had zero issues with sticking, but I also know how to use cast iron. It came well seasoned and I liberally apply cooking spray before each waffle. I wish I had 2 so I could cook them faster, when the price comes back down to $20 or less again I'll probably get another one. The no-drip is kinda a gimmick as it really doesnt matter. Use 1/2 to 3/4 Cup of waffle mix and it'll fill the holes top and bottom. I highly recommend this product.
Sep 25, 2015
Our waffle maker experience has been more like George's than Linda's. It was NOT pre-seasoned and despite following all instructions it was a sticking nightmare until my boyfriend used a hand-held grinder to knock off all the burrs from what was obviously a bad cast. I'm not sure why we didn't just return it, (probably just hungry for waffles) but after about 3 months and many cleanings and re-seasonings we have started to enjoy the waffles we expected.
Jul 7, 2014
I read George Woosters review and am pleased I did not experience his problems with the waffle maker. It did seem rough but had no sticking problems. I made sure my iron was really hot before putting in batter. not sure if that was the difference or not. My family likes the small hole in their waffles as opposed to the Belgium waffels. Small hole waffle irons are hard to find. This one works great on the stove top, as well as in a hot, hot oven. I should have bought two as I have a large family. Aw what the heck, I'm gonna order me another one. Waffles come out crisp (with the right recipie) and evenly browned. Seriously, these remind me of the waffles I had as a kid.
Feb 10, 2013
This eventually will be a good waffle maker unless I die first, trying to make it work. It was a gift, otherwise I'd have returned it. The paper attached to the handle says ...pre-seasoned, non-stick finish. They lie. It was pre-seasoned but rougher than a cob and no recipe known to man would work in this machine, all would stick to both surfaces regardless of how much oil/crisco/PAM was used. I finally got disgusted, took it out to the shop and wire brushed and buffed it to within an inch of it's life. It is still not smooth (that would take a lifetime) but good enough so that now, after I've reseasoned it, two out of three waffles survive being cooked in this thing. I'm getting there, and eventually this will be a good waffle maker, but the journey is a long hard trek. Spend the money and buy something made by Lodge or another company that makes quality product and save yourself a lot of grief