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How to make your own frozen waffles

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone, and I have to say that the recent coverage of an impending shortage of Kellogg’s Eggo waffles due to manufacturing plant closures is enough to make me want to run out and buy a box. But instead I’m going to do what I usually do with waffles: make my own and freeze them. All you need to have is a waffle iron in order to make waffles and the batter is really no more difficult to whip up than the batter for pancakes. Most, if not all, waffle recipes can be frozen easily and will reheat in not much more time than it takes to toast that Eggo.

While you can use any style of waffle iron when making frozen waffles, it helps to have a waffle iron that makes flatter waffles, since Belgian-style waffles will not always fit easily into a standard toaster. Allow your waffles to cool completely on a wire rack after cooking, then layer them between sheets of wax paper and stick them into a large Ziploc freezer bag. Once the waffles are frozen, they can be removed one at a time and put into the toaster (or a toaster oven) to crisp up. Since Eggo waffles are very light, remember that homemade waffles may take a little extra time in the toaster to be ready. If you’re doing Belgian waffles and can’t fit them in a toaster, you can also reheat them in a preheated oven at 350F for about 10 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the waffle.

Old Mother Mallard’s Delicious Golden Brown Waffles, a recipe I made based on a Donald Duck cartoon, freeze very well, and so do my Belgian Waffles when cooked in a flatter waffle iron. Buttermilk waffles are always a good choice, as well.

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  • Chris Mower
    November 20, 2009

    I almost always make extra waffles (and pancakes) so that I can freeze a batch of them. A few mornings down the road when I don’t feel like making breakfast, wala! The kids get waffles and all I had to do is toast them. It’s a win-win for all of us.

  • Martha in KS
    November 20, 2009

    Nicole, I’m wondering if you undercook waffles made for freezing. Eggos are much paler than my homemade ones. Thanks!

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    November 20, 2009

    Yummy! I saw an episode of Alton Brown where he talked about how you can make your own frozen waffles. I imagine they have to taste a lot better than anything from a box.

  • Richard @ The Bewildered Brit
    November 20, 2009

    What a good idea! And yes, Nanny, I’m sure that they taste a lot better than the store-bought ones. Maybe something good will come of the Great Waffle Shortage of ’09!

  • Jelli Bean
    November 20, 2009

    This is a great post! Having waffles in the freezer really is a time saver if unexpected overnight guests show up. My waffle iron is so terrible that waffles almost never develop a crust, so this is the best way I´ve discovered of how to make it useful, making them ahead, freezing, and toasting to perfection.

  • Nicole
    November 20, 2009

    Martha – Good question! I don’t undercook mine, but I wouldn’t go for a really dark brown color on the waffles as I made them, either. I might take them off a minute early with a waffle iron that tends to make them really dark so they toast up better after freezing.

  • Sherry
    November 20, 2009

    I froze waffles and ‘triangle’ pancakes made using the sandwich plate in our waffle maker last weekend…so easy and convenient.

  • Deanna @ Marzipan
    November 21, 2009

    I freeze homemade Belgian waffles and due to their thicker size, I find it best to microwave for a few seconds first and then toast on a low setting once or twice. This prevents the waffle from still being frozen in the middle and toasted on the outside. Those bananas on top look scrumptious!

  • Heather
    November 21, 2009

    Can anyone recommend a good waffle maker? I threw mine away earlier this year because it was so difficult to make nice crunchy waffles with it. It was a nonstick one that was also very difficult to clean, as the waffle batter would get in all the cracks…

  • Pia
    November 24, 2009

    Hey i check out your Donald Duck recipe.
    it taste really good. Has you check out a german waffles recipe?
    Your recipe is slightly different. But extremely delicious!

    Can you give me a tip how i can avoid that the waffles stick on the waffle iron?
    with butter or unbuttered?

  • TiV
    December 1, 2009

    What a great tip! It is funny that some things you just don´t get untill someone says it to you – and then it seems so obvious. Of course you can freeze waffles!! Why on earth I didn´t come to think of it earlier!! So convenient and easy!
    Thank you for pointing it out to me!!!

  • Bonnie
    December 21, 2009

    THis is a great idea! I am always on the look out for a handy morning shortcut.
    Our latest fave is this instant organic pancake/waffle stuff, called Batter Blaster. Spray it right onto the pan and cook! SUper easy and they taste good too (if not quite as good as from scratch).
    Thanks for the great post and Happy Holidays.

  • anthony morrison
    May 21, 2010

    Absolutely funny – I have to rotate every single time. But other news … I never eat waffles again.anyway thanks for sharing this recipe.

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