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The Great Polenta Waffle Iron Disaster
Saturday 21 May 2016   —   Category: Cooking & Food
Way back when I was in college, I bought an old-looking Kenmore waffle iron at a flea market in the parking lot of a Safeway grocery store, just around the corner from where I was living in San Luis Obispo, California. I don’t re­mem­ber how much I paid, but I’ll bet it was not more than $5. That was 33 years ago, and even though the waffle iron is prob­a­bly as old as I am, it is still going strong.

Last September, I stumbled upon some interesting articles about all the types of food you can cook in a waffle iron: Shortly afterwards I performed my first experiment, which turned out really well — see French Toast In a Waffle Iron. Because that was such a success, I was eager to try other foods. But it wasn’t until January of this year that I got a­round to trying polenta in a waffle iron.

Unfortunately, instead of success it was a complete disaster. The gourmet chef wannabe strikes again! Rather than the polenta solidifying together, most of it stuck steadfastly to the upper and lower plates when I opened the iron. I was ter­ri­bly shocked and dismayed, es­pe­cial­ly since I was just about to serve the po­len­ta for our main meal.

All I could do was to try to pry off as much as I could, and serve the mangled scrapings with the rest of the meal. But it was very difficult to get off, even though I had sprayed the plates generously with oil. Rather than the ample servings of polenta I had en­vi­sioned, that day it was pretty thin pick­ings!

It was such a discouraging ex­pe­ri­ence that I have not cooked anything except waffles in the iron since. How­ever, my sense of culinary adventure is starting to revive again. I wouldn’t be surprised if I give the waffle iron another go with some sort of non-waffle food. Here’s hoping....
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