What’s In That? Frozen Waffles

You have all seen the commercials, and I bet you have picked up those handy packages of frozen waffles in the store. I mean, you pop them in the toaster and crispy blissalicious are on your plate in minutes.

If you have kids it may mean an extra hour of sleep, and who doesn’t need that?

You know we all do. In fact, in light of the potential extra sleep, aren’t the ingredients worth it?

Probably not.

I looked at the ingredients in a two common brands of frozen waffles… The brand that rhymes with Lego and those made by an Aunt.

Of the two, the lego type had fewer additives of concern, fyi. The only things in them that concerns me were dyes. The other brand had corn syrup solids, corn starch, corn flour. You know, all of that is GMO based. We all ready talked about corn additives.

However, be that as it may, just because the first brand “only” has dyes does not make them ready to receive my particular stamp of approval. Artificial dyes are petroleum based and are associated with hyperactivity and attention span issues in children. In fact, according to CBS News researchers found that removing these dyes from a child’s diet was almost half as effective as putting the child on ritalin and  other  behavior modification drugs. Not only that but FDA tests show that Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Red 40 are tainted with low levels of cancer-causing compounds.

Suddenly the convenience is not worth it.

Every year, manufacturers dump about 15 million pounds of eight synthetic dyes into foods in America. Per capita consumption of dyes has increased five-times since 1955.  Seattle PI

European governments require manufacturers to put a warning label on foods containing these dyes and many want the United States to follow suit.

Here’s an irritation…Many U.S. manufacturers make dye free versions of their foods for the European market… but continue to  imbue our children with the stuff. Why not just make all of it dye free? My guess is that the dye free items cost more to manufacture but the profit from the cheaper products with the  dye helps make up the difference.

If you must use the frozen product look for an organic version, or at least one without the dyes. Better yet, make your own.

Homemade Buttermilk Waffles for the Freezer

Waffles are easy to make and they freeze well.  You can pop them in your freezer and have a better frozen waffle than you can buy at the store. Make a big bowl of batter and make waffles while you are doing other kitchen chores.

These are easy, tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. They freeze perfectly and are ready to be warmed up and eaten in minutes.

To guard against them getting soggy flash freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. When they are frozen just remove them from the baking sheet and store in an airtight freezer container. Oh, and that rich, golden color? No need for dyes when you use organic, free range eggs. They have orange gold yolks and give added richness and color to your waffles.

: Buttermilk Waffles

: tender, flavorful waffles can be made ahead and frozen

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp real maple flavoring, optional
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 6 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  1. Spray waffle iron with a light coat of oil and then wipe it off.
  2. Warm the waffle maker up.
  3. Mix dry ingredients.
  4. Mix wet ingredients.
  5. Stir the two together and spoon batter onto heated waffle iron.
  6. Shut lid and cook until steam stops rising from iron.
  7. Open lid and allow waffle to rest on the waffle maker for about 30 seconds to crisp up.
  8. Cool in a single layer.
  9. Freeze for up to 3 months.

add chopped, dried blueberries, strawberries,cherries, or other dried fruit to the batter.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 36 waffles (will vary according to size of waffles)

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 131

Fat: 3.8

Protein: 4.5

Carbs: 19.3

5 :  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Copyright © (c)marye audet 2011, all rights reserved.





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  1. Heather says

    How long will these waffles keep in the freezer? Maybe I missed it but I did not see any time range on how long these would last.

  2. says

    I’m guilty of the frozen waffles… and I probably won’t stop. Let’s just put it this way, I would need more synthetic additives to stay awake after the baby goes to sleep in order to make waffles on top of all the other chores after work it would be worse for me than dyes. My son on the other hand…I don’t want him near synthetic dyes, my friend’s son go ballistic when he gets red or yellow, it’s scary. Fortunately she’s done all the legwork for me, so when I need dye free food, I just turn to her for guidance.

    • marye says

      It can be difficult Ceinwyn.. and everyone has to educate themselves and make the best choices for their situation.

  3. says

    I’m pretty sure there’s GMO corn of some sort in the Lego waffles too – there’s GMO corn in almost everything. I’ve been debating over buying a waffle iron. Sometimes it seems like an awesome plan -like when I see pretty pictures of waffles like yours above. But sometimes I think, it’s a waste of an appliance for me.

    Also, all the waffle irons I’ve seen have that non-stick coating. Have you ever used one of those old school iron waffle irons? If so do they work? I wish you could use waffle irons for something else, then it’d make my decision to get one or not easier.

    • marye says

      Elle, you should… it will become an addiction. I made a full recipe yesterday while checking email and writing an article. LOL!

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