The ChefStack Pancake Machine isn’t designed for home cooks, but it’s such an interesting gadget I can’t resist mentioning it. The clever machine makes pancakes without any human intervention and can turn out up to 200 pancakes an hour. Since it takes a few minutes to cook a homemade pancake after whipping up the batter, you’d need a very large and very hot griddle to accomplish a similar feat. It comes with packages of all-natural, low fat pancake mix that are combined with water to make a batter. The whole package is then placed in the machine, which pumps out the batter into three different sizes of pancakes and cooks them on a nonstick “cooking belt” (basically two very hot conveyor belts that sandwich the pancake batter). Even more amazing is that the machine is about the size of a regular microwave oven, so it takes up virtually no counter space.
It’s not going to be replacing plate-sized diner-style pancakes any time soon (my favorite variety!), but these gadgets might pop up in a coffee shop or two that are looking to expand their hot breakfast options and offer something other than muffins and bagels. That wouldn’t be a bad thing – I’m all for having pancakes for breakfast a lot more often! They’re priced at $3,500 and are available at the end of this month.