I used to make waffles from scratch. I rarely made waffles because I had to drag out all of the ingredients, make the waffle mix, heat up the waffle iron, stand in the kitchen to make each waffle, burn a few, clean the waffle iron... I hated it. But, my kid loves waffles.
Anything for love, right?
We were facing the possibility of a one-income household, so I was trying to cut corners anywhere possible. When I took a look at our grocery budget, I noticed that a huge chunk of our monthly expense was PopTarts.
But, it wasn't just the kid. It was all of us. Especially me. Between my son and I, we would go through a big box (6-packs) of PopTarts every two days. Oops. But they are sooo good with a tall glass of milk.
I'm trying to lose baby weight. DH is trying to get in shape. And the last thing our seven-year-old needs is sugar. So, I started making waffles and freezing them to eat for breakfast. And snacks. And dinner when I'm feeling super lazy.
I read an article online (can't find it now), explaining that it costs $2.00 to make waffle mix from scratch (yields 10 waffles). And I thought I was saving money!! Yikes. So I grabbed a box of waffle mix at Aldi and did a calculation of my own.
1 box of waffle mix $1.49
8 tbsp of oil $0.24 ($2.89/48 oz)
This recipe (doubled the instructions on the box) yields between 32-40 waffles. So, even if I come out on the short end of that, it's $0.05 per waffle. I was paying $0.19 per PopTart and we were all eating TWO at a time. Now we all eat breakfast for less than a dollar. Score!
Other Waffle Tips:
I use cooking oil to grease my waffle iron. I use a spray bottle, even though the users manual says to brush it on the plates. I hate washing my brush.
Cook waffles until the steam stops coming out of the sides of the waffle iron. If you open it any sooner, the waffle top & bottom layers will separate and your picky seven-year-old will complain.
Freeze waffles. If they last that long in your house... they don't in mine. No matter how many I make, they're all gone within a week :-)
Another short cut I like to use, is to mix up the recipe in a pitcher, for easy pouring.