This $23 Tool Is The Secret to Perfect Pancakes Every Time
Pancakes are one of those foods, like hot dogs or dark chocolate, that when you want it, nothing else will suffice.
Can't you picture the plate? It's nearly groaning with the weight of a massive stack of fluffy flapjacks. A fat pat of butter slowly melts on top as thick maple syrup cascades down the sides. All that's left to do is fork and knife your way to a nap.
But recreating that happy brunch moment when the server sets down those buttermilk beauties can feel like a challenge at home. Pancake batter, like beach sand, seems to get everywhere. Using a measuring cup or the pour lid of a mixing bowl makes for misshapen flapjacks that cook unevenly.
The KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser is a simple and light tool, which is great if you're making pancakes with kids. The lid is removable, making it easy for you you to pour in the mixed batter. When you squeeze the trigger inside the handle, batter is released from the bottom of the dispenser.
Stop squeezing and a cover slides over the ¾-inch opening, stopping the batter from pouring. The opening is wide enough for thicker batter like brownie or cake mixes, yet still small enough to let you carefully lay pancakes out on a griddle.
The BPA-free plastic dispenser holds four cups of batter. Figure about 8 to 12 pancakes, depending on the size of flapjack we're talking about here. You can tell precisely how much you've used or how much is left by checking the measuring lines marked out in milliliters and cups. If your kitchen helper drops the dispenser and it cracks, you don't have to worry because it comes with a three-year warranty.
This pancake batter dispenser is especially popular with Amazon shoppers. It has more than 6,600 five-star reviews.
"This dispenser is a marvelous invention, glad someone finally thought of it," wrote one reviewer. "No messy spillage on [the] stove or countertop, just squeeze the handle for the amount you want, and a perfect pancake falls out the bottom. Highly recommend for quick, clean, and uniform pancakes."
A number of reviewers also praised the kitchen tool as a time saver. "We make pancakes for the kids every weekend," wrote another reviewer. "Thanks to this fabulous product, I was able to cook and have the dishes cleaned in less than an hour."
You can have that stack of pancakes you've been picturing, you only have to head over to Amazon and snap up the KPKitchen Pancake Batter Dispenser for $24 while the sale lasts.
This story originally appeared on foodandwine.com.