This Is the Super-Simple Method Martha Stewart Uses to Keep Her Waffles from Getting Soggy

published Mar 11, 2023
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7 waffles stacked haphazardly on a cooling rack
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

When I was a child, my grandmother constantly reinforced the idea of breakfast as the most important meal of the day, so I consider myself lucky that breakfast cuisine is my favorite food. Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and savory shrimp and grits are a few of my go-to breakfast staples. Of all the items associated with breakfast, however, only the sweet taste of a Belgian waffle can make a non-morning person like myself happily wake up to get a head-start on my day without complaint. 

As much as I love a great waffle, I hate when they come out soft and soggy. It’s worse than when my cereal loses its crunch in the milk before I finish my bowl. Thankfully I recently stumbled upon a solution to one of those problems, and the answer came from none other than the domestic diva herself: Martha Stewart.

In a recent upload to her TikTok account, Martha — who always finds a way to remind us that she is an overall icon  — shared a tip that I presume will put my soggy waffle dilemma in the rearview. And honestly, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know to do this sooner.

In the clip, Martha reveals that her tip for keeping her waffles nice and crispy is to toss them back and forth from one hand to another as soon as she takes them out of the waffle maker. Why does this work? Well, according to the multimedia mogul, doing so releases the steam that’s responsible for making waffles get soggy quickly, delivering deliciously crispy-edged waffles for your enjoyment. Blown away by the simplicity of this trick? I am too! But now, I’ll never have to worry about consuming a super-soggy waffle again.

So next time you’re making brown sugar-cinnamon waffles for the family, be sure to toss the waffles back and forth like a game of hot potato before plating them. Trust me (and Martha!) — the crew will thank you.