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Here’s my Oster CKSTWF1502-ECO review, with tips for getting the most out of a no-frills but excellent ceramic waffle maker.
I wanted a waffle maker, but I didn’t want standard nonstick coatings on it. I have had good luck with ceramic nonstick cookware, so I looked for a waffle maker with ceramic coating on the plates. That’s why I purchased the Oster CKSTWF1502-ECO DuraCeramic waffle maker (usually $20 or less).
After reading the small manual and several online reviews, I did some experimenting to figure out the best ways to use the Oster CKSTWF1502-ECO:
- Pour the batter onto the bottom plate from a large measuring cup. I use a four-cup one for the recipe mentioned at the end of this post, and that cup is big enough to hold the batter for four waffles.
- When pouring the batter, pour slowly about an inch from the edge of the plate. The batter should just cover the peaks on the bottom plate. Draw a circle (or something close to a circle) with the batter. Then fill in the interior of the circle with a little batter and distribute evenly with a spatula, if necessary. If you pour batter too close to the plate’s edge (or pour too much), you will have batter oozing down the sides of the maker. Trust me.
- While the waffle maker does have a dial for adjusting the temperature, I found that feature useless. I keep it turned to the maximum setting all the time. Also, don’t think that the green Ready light is an indicator of doneness. That light just indicates the iron is hot enough to make a waffle. Instead, watch for the steam escaping as the waffle cooks. Little to no steam means the waffle is ready.
- The ceramic nonstick surface is indeed very nonstick. Wipe with a damp paper towel after the plates cool, and you’re done with cleaning. I once made batter without oil and realized it only after pouring batter for the first waffle. Even with no fat in the batter, the waffle peeled off the plates with little trouble.
- To crisp up the early waffles in a batch while you make the rest, keep them in the oven at around 250 degrees. I have noticed the waffles are only a bit crisp when done, and that is my only big complaint about this waffle maker—and others I’ve used before with traditional nonstick coatings. That issue is easily remedied by crisping the waffles in the oven. If you freeze the waffles, they will get crisp when you toast them later.
This waffle maker has certainly worked well for me, especially after I realized it’s best to keep the heat setting at high. It is not a flip waffle iron, and it doesn’t make tall waffles with deep pockets. But its smaller size means it is easier to store—a huge plus when your kitchen has limited storage space.
King Arthur Flour’s recipe for white wheat waffles makes four waffles in the Oster CKSTWF1502-ECO. As written, I think the recipe is beyond bland because it has no spices. I add a quarter teaspoon of ground ginger, cinnamon, and allspice and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract to brighten the flavor. Sometimes, I substitute a quarter cup of oatmeal for some of the flour. Using a half cup or more of oatmeal makes denser waffles that don’t crisp well.
These white wheat waffles freeze nicely, and I lightly toast frozen waffle quarters for a quick breakfast. Far better than store-bought frozen waffles!