Posted by: markfender | July 28, 2015

Irons

Why is a waffle iron called a waffle iron?

waffle ironThe simplest explanation is that it’s two pieces of hot, heavy metal that squeeze the batter until you have a delicious, golden waffle, in the same manner that an iron presses on clothes, removing wrinkles. But, why isn’t an iron for clothes called a clothes iron?

And isn’t a George Foreman Grill essentially a meat iron? It’s two pieces of hot, heavy metal that press down on meat. Why don’t we call that a meat iron? Likewise, what about sandwich presses? Same basic concept, but we don’t call those sandwich irons. We call them sandwich presses or, if we’re being fancy, panini makers.

So many ways to squeeze food, so many different terms.

 

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