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Choosing the Best Crepe Maker Guide

Choosing the Best Crepe Maker Guide

A perfectly made crepe can bring a versatile, trendy element to your menu, but the cooking process requires the right tools to ensure you're doing justice to this French touchstone. While it might be a challenge to find the right crepe-making equipment for your kitchen, we've outlined the various power types, styles, and cooking surfaces that you'll encounter to help you make the right choice.

What to Consider When Buying a Professional Crepe Maker

Power, style, and cooking surface material are important factors to consider when choosing a commercial crepe maker. Be sure to choose the right features for your establishment to delight customers and maximize revenue.

Power Type: Gas vs Electric Crepe Makers

When choosing an electric or gas crepe maker, the choice often comes down to price and utility availability. We've outlined a series of pros and cons for each.

Electric, single cooktop crepe maker with a berry crepe, sitting beside a bowl of berries.
Electric, single cooktop crepe maker with a berry crepe, sitting beside a bowl of berries.
Pros
  • Can be unplugged for portability
  • More widely available and adaptable than gas
Cons
  • Takes longer to heat up than gas alternatives
  • Less energy efficient than gas
Natural gas Carnival King brand crepe maker with a banana crepe
Natural gas Carnival King brand crepe maker with a banana crepe
Pros
  • Greener, making it a great option for environmentally-conscious kitchens
  • Because gas equipment is more energy efficient, it tends to heat up faster, increasing both productivity and profitability
Cons
  • Not portable since it requires a natural gas line or liquid propane source
  • Less adaptable than electric, as gas types need a dedicated fuel line

Style: Single vs Dual Crepe Makers

Single and dual crepe maker units differ both in price and volume of production. Be sure to choose the right unit to best suit the demands of your establishment.
Single crepe maker with folded crepe cooking on its cooktop
Single crepe maker with folded crepe cooking on its cooktop
Single Crepe Maker
Pros
  • Saves counter space in a crowded kitchen
  • Ideal if you are looking to test out crepes on your menu or serve a limited selection
Cons
  • Its lower output may not hold up to rush hour demand as well as dual crepe makers
Dual Crepe maker with two cooking crepes next to a spatula and t-spreader.
Dual Crepe maker with two cooking crepes next to a spatula and t-spreader.
Dual Crepe Maker
Pros
  • Produces a high volume of crepes, standing up to rush hour demand and increasing profit
  • Can use just one cooktop for slower days or heat both sides on busier days
Cons
  • Takes up more counter space than a single unit, so it may not be ideal for small kitchens

Cooking Surface Material: Teflon vs. Cast Iron

Although teflon and cast iron may produce similar end results, there are key differences between the two that you should be familiar with before making your purchase.
Teflon coated crepe maker with a man folding a berry crepe
Teflon coated crepe maker with a man folding a berry crepe
Teflon Coated Cooking Surface
Pros
  • Cooking with a teflon coated surface reduces the need for seasoning but still allows for the easy turning and removal of crepes
  • Non-stick surface is convenient to use and clean
  • Do not have to commit the time and effort to seasoning your cooktop
  • Heats up faster than cast iron
Cons
  • When cooktop is scratched, non-stick coating can flake onto food, releasing toxic compounds
  • Only lasts about three to five years before decreasing in effectiveness
Cast iron Waring crepe maker cooking a plane crepe
Cast iron Waring crepe maker cooking a plane crepe
Pros
  • Heats evenly and consistently, making it a perfect choice for high-volume commercial applications
  • After seasoning, it can essentially become non-stick
  • Great heat-retention
  • Durable, long-lasting cooktop that improves after years of use
Cons
  • More effort to clean and maintain
  • Prone to rusting
  • Takes longer to preheat

What Else Can I Use a Crepe Maker For?

A crepe maker is a great investment because you can use it for a variety of menu items! Use your crepe maker or crepe pan to cook gourmet grilled cheeses, quesadillas, eggs and egg sandwiches, pancakes, blinis, and chapatis.

How to Use a Crepe Maker

1. Turn on the crepe maker and set it to low or 230-240 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Evenly apply oil or cooking spray to the cooking surface.
3. Measure and pour batter onto the surface. Batter should measure approximately 4 1/2" - 4 3/4" in diameter once poured.
4. Position a spreader over the batter with one end in the middle of the cooking surface and the other end at the edge. Keeping the handle low, move the tool in a large circle to smooth out the batter.
5. Let the crepe cook for about 30-45 seconds, then flip over and cook for another 30-45 seconds. Add desired ingredients to one half of the crepe.
6. Use the spatula to lift and fold the crepe in half. Add desired toppings and serve!

How to Season a Commercial Crepe Machine

Seasoning your cast iron crepe maker is necessary to create a long-lasting non-stick surface that leads to easy cleanup and rust prevention. Seasoning also allows you to cook with minimal oil, butter, and fat.

1. To season your crepe maker, first connect it and select 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Then, pour a tablespoon of oil onto the cooktop and spread it evenly with a cleaning pad. Burn the oil for 5 to 10 minutes until the cooktop loses its initial sheen and turns dark brown.
3. Next, spread the oil eight more times, reducing the amount of oil each time.

To maintain your crepe maker, first switch it off and let it cool down.

1. You can then scrape the cooking surface using an abrasive stone. Be sure to follow the groove stone patterns when scraping the surface.
2. Once you are finished, wipe off any dirt with a towel or rag.
3. You can then clean the cooktop with a kitchen sponge and finish with a cleaning pad. Avoid washing cast iron with dish soap, as dish soap will strip away the cooktop's seasoning. Instead, wash with water or water and coarse kosher salt.

Crepe Making Tools and Alternatives

Quality tools and crepe mixes help to deliver consistent crepes and encourage customers to come back for more.

Crepe Making Tools

The tools you use can have a big impact on the quality and consistency of your crepes.

  • A metal T-spreader allows for even, controlled distribution of the batter across the cooking surface to achieve a smooth finish and consistent, thin edges
  • A durable stainless steel spatula helps to effortlessly flip crepes without breaking the thin dough

Crepe Pans

Crepe pans are smaller than commercial crepe makers, ranging in size from 8 5/8” to 11 3/4”. Available in both cast iron and steel, they can be used on a regular range without any special equipment. 

Why Choose a Crepe Pan? 

  • If you have a limited budget and wish to test crepes on your menu before purchasing a crepe maker
  • If you want to create smaller dessert crepes 

Crepe Mix

Crepe mix is a great option if you want a traditional crepe flavor and texture but don’t have the time to perfect your own recipe.

  • Makes your preparation and service more efficient
  • Simple to use - just add water 
  • Ensures consistent results in taste and quality 
     

Expert Tip

Keep in mind that you can't use pancake mix for crepes, as pancakes are thick and fluffy, while crepes are thin. The main difference between the two mixes is that pancake mix has a raising agent such as baking powder or baking soda, while crepe mix does not. Crepe batter also tends to include more eggs than pancake batter.

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