It is not unusual to prepare too much when it comes to waffles and storing them is not that difficult either. Thus, you will need to reheat them often and that can be done in the microwave, the oven, or the toaster oven as well as a toaster. The best way to make sure that waffles are crispy when reheated is to reheat them in the toaster. The regular oven and the toaster oven do a great job at ensuring that the waffles are crispy.
The Toaster Method
One of the most effective methods of heating up your waffles is in the toaster. The toaster is great to use especially when you need a quick breakfast on the go or just generally reheating waffles during the week for an easy meal. The toaster also gives the waffles a great crispiness, which is perfect for those who like an extra crunch to their waffles. Take note that when reheating your waffles in the toaster you need to ensure that your toaster has a wide enough slot to accommodate the waffles. Simply follow these steps to reheat your waffles in the toaster.
- Make sure that you reheat the waffle in the toaster for a minute or so,
- Check to see if it is reheated through,
- If not warm enough, place the waffle back into the toaster for another 30 seconds, and repeat this until the waffle has heated through,
Advantages Of Using A Toaster
One of the advantages of using a toaster it is quick and convenient when it comes to reheating a waffle, If you do not want to risk your waffle becoming soggy or chewy in the microwave, warming up your waffle in the toaster is a better method. Another advantages of using a toaster is that you are able to toast the waffle even when it is frozen as well, plus some newer toasters have a defrost function. The toaster gives your waffles a crispy outside and a warm, soft inside.
The Disadvantages Of Using A Toaster
The downside of using a toaster is that, If you leave your waffle in the toaster for 30 seconds too long, you may end up with a burned, hard-to-chew waffle that will not give you a good breakfast meal. To tackle this problem set the heat setting on your toaster to medium in order to reduce the risk that your waffle will be burned. Another disadvantage of using a toaster is that you are only able to only reheat as many waffles as your toaster allows at one time, larger toasters allow for 4 waffles at time and smaller ones only 2, so using a toaster to reheat waffles for bigger families, is not ideal.
The Oven Method
The oven method is another suitable way of reheating waffles. Also, the oven is suitable for large families and those who are feeding a number of people, since you can fit a lot of waffles onto a baking sheet to be placed into the oven. With an oven, you can place your waffles in the even if they are frozen. As such, you will not have to wait for the waffles to thaw beforehand. To reheat waffles in the oven simply follow these steps,
- Lay your waffles down in a single layer on a clean oven rack.
- Place the baking rack into a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and leave them to heat for 10 minutes or so,
- If you are reheating frozen waffles let them seat for around 15 minutes or so in the oven,
Advantages Of Using The Oven
The oven is one of the best methods to reheat a large number of waffles in one go, so no one has to wait for them while watching everyone else eat. The oven method also helps the waffles reach close to their original texture and taste, more so than the other methods plus frozen waffles can be placed directly into the oven.
Advantages Of Using The Oven
On the downside the oven takes much longer to reheat waffles compared to the toaster or microwave. You need to wait for the oven to preheat before you can put your waffles inside, and then you will have to wait 10 minutes or so for the waffles to reheat.
The Microwave Method
Another method to reheat your waffles is in the microwave. Using the microwave to warm up waffles is one of the quickest ways to get it done. You can have a warm batch of waffles to be eaten in next to no time if you make use of the microwave. Simply follow these steps to reheat waffles in a microwave,
- Place your waffles into the microwave and heat them for a minute or so.
- Take out the waffles and check the temperature, if more heating is needed, place the waffle back into the microwave in 30-second increments, until the waffle is heated throughout.
- Make sure that you do not leave the waffles in the microwave for too long, because they can become too soft and slightly soggy, or become dry or chewy.
Advantages Of Using The Microwave
The microwave is one of the best methods to reheat waffles in the shortest amount of time possible. In a few minutes, you can have deliciously warm waffles, ready for some fruit and honey. You can also reheat frozen waffles in the microwave, meaning that you don’t have to thaw them out before.
Disadvantages Of Using The Microwave
When warming up waffles in the microwave, you run the risk of the waffles turning soft, or drying out or becoming too chewy. Another disadvantage of using the microwave is that it has a tendency to suck the moisture out of foods. Thus, the waffles need to be placed in the microwave only long enough to reheat, but not long enough to dry them up. Also, with a microwave you can only reheat one waffle at a time in the microwave, which could become tedious for a large family.
The Best Way To Store Waffles
When you cook up a batch of waffles, you can double up the recipe to ensure there is some waffles leftover. There are a few effective ways to store your waffles. Ensure that you place the leftover waffles on a wire drying rack and allow them to cool to room temperature.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper and put the waffles down in a single layer.
- Cover this single layer of waffles with wax paper and put it in the freezer until they are frozen stiff,
- Remove your baking sheet from the freezer and place the frozen waffles into a plastic freezer bag (make sure it’s a quality double-sealed bag)
- Separate each waffle from each other with a square of wax paper,
- Squeeze out as much air as you can from the plastic freezer bag,
- Pre-freezing your waffles stops them from sticking together during the freezing process, and by placing wax paper between the waffles, it makes it easy to remove one at a time, without having to defrost the whole batch.
- Waffles, can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 months.