One way I keep abreast of what is going on in the Airstream Universe is by using Google Alerts. By entering a search term Google will monitor the Internet and send me an Email with links to blogs, stories and articles that pertain to a search term. Iâ€™ve been monitoring â€œAirstream,â€ â€œWally Byam,â€ and a few other items for several years. Iâ€™m surprised that Google still has Alerts listed as a BETA feature, but perhaps not enough customers use it to merit placing it on the main menu. To get to Google Alerts go to: http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en
A month or so past, I got a Google Alert on a story about Organic Batter Blaster. At first, I couldnâ€™t figure out what Batter Blaster had to do with Airstream. It turned out that the inventors promoted their product by traveling to state fairs in an Airstream trailer. Batter Blaster immediately intrigued me. Iâ€™m always looking for a convenient and tidy way to cook in the trailer. This is especially important when boon docking. The fewer kitchen utensils and bowls used to prepare a meal means that less water is needed for clean up. Batter Blaster is pancake and waffle batter in an aerosol can. Simply shake it, turn it upside down and nozzle batter onto the frying pan. Voila! Nearly instant â€œscratchâ€ pancakes.Well, almost. As a pancake, Batter Blaster falls a little flat. No pun intended. Okay, maybe that was a wisecrack, but that is my criticism of the product. For it to work a thin batter is required and as a result the moment it hits the pan it starts to spread out. I made my first pancake by dispensing the batter in a spiral. The result was a crepe, not a fluffy pancake. On the positive side, it was a good crepe. It was slightly sweet, firm but not spongy and could be served rolled up with a filling.
On my subsequent attempts, I dispensed a mound of batter by holding the can in one place. Still, the batter tended to spread out a little too much. To get a thicker pancake I found that if I waited for it to spread out I could then release a little more batter on top and it would double up somewhat.
The texture of these pancakes was perhaps a little too uniform. When I make pancakes from scratch or out of a box I donâ€™t over blend the ingredients. The result is a fluffier pancake.
Not that Iâ€™m a great cook, but one of the few things I do well as a househusband is make pancakes. I make mine plate size and that requires being able to flip the pancake accurately without breaking it or making a mess. Batter Blaster is a little thin to do that easily. Each can makes about 28 four-inch pancakes.
The other down side to Batter Blaster, from a camping standpoint, is that it must be kept refrigerated. It isnâ€™t supposed to be stored below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This isnâ€™t necessarily a problem, but it is a consideration. In my opinion, other products make better pancakes with almost the same convenience, donâ€™t require refrigeration and can be stored dry until needed. For instance, there is Bisquickâ€™s Shake’N Pour Pancake Mix. It comes in a bottle with all the ingredients but water. Add water to the contents in the bottle, shake and pour onto a hot skillet (375 degrees). It is an easy, no fuss, and no mess way to make pancakes. The disadvantage is that Shakeâ€™N Pour must be entirely used once water is added and any remaining batter must be thrown away. The batter canâ€™t be kept (at least not for very long), and that is the big advantage of Organic Batter Blaster. The aerosol can allows the cook to use only what is needed. There is no waste. The remaining batter stays in the can and can be returned to the refrigerator for future use.
All in all, Organic Batter Blaster is a decent product and entirely convenient. It gets my recommendation. It isnâ€™t yet widely available though. Apparently, there are marketing problems with the big chain grocery stores. I found the product at COSTCO. If youâ€™ve ever been to COSTCO you know what that means. You canâ€™t just buy one can. However, the three can package is economical at $4.77. Three cans, at 28 cakes per can, equal a lot of breakfasts.