Obviously, Michele wanted nothing to do with this, but I, obviously, was intrigued.
Not only is it pancake batter in a can, it's organic. A strange overlap of the organic hippy mindset with the geek cool packing mindset. We aren't organic fanatics, especially after reading the Omnivore's Dilemma. But it was nice to find a product with no corn products at all in it.
I was able to talk Michele into helping me test out the Batter Blaster. Usually the girls help, but when we did this, they were in China with their Grandparents.
The nozzle tends to make a star pattern of the batter on the griddle. There is pretty good control on how much batter comes out. You could easily draw pictures or letters with the can and make special pancakes.
I made a short video of the cooking process.
I edited a bit because watching pancakes slowly cook is a bit dull.
We did find that this batter was a bit more heat sensitive than the usual powder mix. Maybe cooking on a skillet instead of a griddle across two burners would be better. I wasn't going to question Michele's cooking method. After 14 years of marriage, I know better.
The real question is how did they taste. Not bad, but not great. The flavor was good and and I ate them all up. The texture is the issue. Being in the can, I don't think the batter can rise when being cooked enough. The pancakes were a bit rubbery. I like a light, fluffy pancake. If you like the fluffy style, the lack of rise will be an issue.
These pancakes would be perfect for pigs in the blanket. Mmm, sausages...
Overall, it's not something we'll be buying again. If you are a pancake fanatic, you need to try it. It's neat the first time your try it, but I think powder mixes makes better pancakes and are worth the extra effort. I do think it's perfect for camping though.Posted by michael at July 18, 2008 08:13 AM