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Getting some great waffles to fill your freezer with is one of the most significant benefits of living in the 21st century – you can pick up a bumper pack for next to nothing and then use it to spice up any dull morning or even to make a sweet midnight treat.
In this article, we’re going to talk about everything that you need to know about frozen Eggo waffles, from the brand that might already be in your head to how to keep them as fresh as possible.
Why Use Frozen Waffles?
Frozen waffles are, at the most basic level, waffles that have been pre-prepared and simply need to be thawed. They typically also need a few extra seconds of cooking beyond being thawed to be perfectly crispy on the outside, though that’s up to the individual cook.
There aren’t too many differences between a fresh waffle and a frozen waffle, though if you’re a waffle connoisseur, you’re likely to notice one or two things that are different.
The big difference is crispiness. In the process of freezing and thawing a waffle, it gets pretty wet – this means that the outside of the waffle won’t be as crispy, and the inside won’t be as light.
The reason that frozen waffles are so famous is simple: convenience. They’re a wonderfully convenient and straightforward way for someone to cook a quick breakfast, and they’re adored around the world.
They’re prevalent in the US, where Eggo frozen waffles were first released in the early 1950s. At the time, home freezing was rapidly gaining popularity, so the idea of eating a home-frozen waffle for breakfast was both novel and exciting. The rest, as they say, is history.
What are Eggo Waffles?
As we said a few moments ago, Eggo waffles were first introduced to the world in 1953. At that time, though, they were known as ‘froffles’ – a combination of the word ‘frozen’ and the word ‘waffles’.
The waffles were immediately famous. Not only were they quick and easy to make, directly from the freezer, but they didn’t need a waffle iron to be made. Therefore, lower-income households could afford them without having to splash their cash on a fancy waffle iron.
At first, the waffles were said to have a unique egg flavor. While this has deteriorated through changes to the recipe, the waffles initially gained the name ‘Eggo’ because of this flavor.
At first, the name was simply a casual nickname. In 1955, though, the name stuck officially when the Dorsa brothers (who invented the product) renamed their product as ‘Eggo’.
Eggo waffles are designed to be stored in your freezer for a very long time indeed – that’s the reason that they’re frozen in the first place. This means that they don’t respond too well to being stored anywhere else.
For example, Eggo waffles can be frozen for up to a year, though they can only be kept in the fridge for roughly five days. They can certainly be stored there, though.
Can Eggo waffles be refrigerated?
Yes, it can be placed in the refrigerator for a maximum of five days. The things that make Egoo waffles spoil are heat and moisture. The combination of those things will allow for bacterial growth, leading to the waffles being unfit for consumption.
A freezer is extremely cold – so cold that it doesn’t matter how moist the environment is: bacterial life simply couldn’t survive there.
A fridge, on the other hand, is warmer than a freezer and constantly battling against moisture from the things that you’re storing in there. Most modern fridges have a drainage hole on the back wall, which drips condensation into a special tray, in turn allowing it to evaporate away from your food.
So, to sum up, keeping Eggo waffles in a fridge is too warm and too moist to keep them for long. At first, the texture will be ruined through a slow thawing process, and then bacterial growth can begin. If you must keep Eggo waffles in your fridge, make sure to keep them in there for a maximum of five days, at the coolest part of your fridge – the back wall.
Freezing and Refreezing Waffles
As we said above, frozen waffles can be kept in your freezer for a year before the quality starts to be compromised. They can be kept longer than that, though, if you can be sure the internal temperature of the freezer hasn’t fluctuated.
Can you Refreeze Eggo waffles?
No, it won’t be food safe due to the sugar and fat content allowing for bacterial growth. Frustratingly, frozen waffles cannot be refrozen once thawed. The thawing process introduces moisture to the inside of the waffles, which is a very convenient place for bacteria and similar microbial life to develop and grow.
For the sake of argument, let’s suppose that a mold spore gets into a thawed waffle. The spore will start to grow and feed on the sugar and fat within the waffle in much too small amounts to be harmful to anyone eating it.
Once refrozen, the growing process will be slowed but not stopped. If there are harmful bacteria in your thawed waffle, they will be present, in more significant numbers, in your refrozen and recooked waffle.
Therefore, we would always recommend only thawing the waffles that you intend to use – that’s an easy way to avoid food-borne illness due to unsafe food handling and storage.
Quick Tips on Cooking Frozen Waffles
First of all, we need to mention the crispiness of a good waffle: great waffles have a crispy outside! To maintain that within a frozen waffle, you need to ensure it’s frozen at a consistent temperature and that it’s heated as quickly as possible. This will reduce the amount of water within the waffle once it has been cooked, which will increase the crispiness on the outside.
When storing in the freezer, make sure to place them as deep as possible. At those places, the temperature will vary the least, leading to the best end results in your waffles.
Frozen Waffles Takeaways
So, to sum everything up: ensure that you keep your frozen waffles at as steady a temperature as possible, and ensure that you only thaw the waffles you’ll be eating. That way, you’ll be guaranteed a tasty, luxurious breakfast every time!