Make Perfectly Round, Mess-Free Pancakes With A Turkey Baster

Make Perfectly Round, Mess-Free Pancakes With A Turkey Baster

Pancakes aren’t rocket science, but the batter can drip all over, and even a steady hand can make some lopsided pancakes. Luckily, the solution is probably in your kitchen already: A turkey baster.

The video above shows you how it’s done, but you can probably figure it out. If you can’t watch the video, here’s how it works:

  1. Mix your batter as you normally would. Don’t put anything too large in the batter that would block the tip of the baster, like chocolate chips or banana slices or berries. You can always add those extras into the pancakes after laying them in the pan.
  2. Fill the baster with ⅔ of the way with batter.
  3. Gently squeeze the batter out onto your griddle. It should come out in a line. You can either make traditional pancakes by moving the baster in a circle, starting in the middle, or you can make pancakes in fun shapes.

Simple and easy. Once you master this simple technique, you can make even fancier breakfasts like these stuffed pancakes, where you lay down one layer of batter, add your filler, then add a second layer on top.

How to Make Turkey Baster Pancakes [Food & Wine (YouTube)]


  • I’d be interested to know how many Aussies actually had turkey basters. It’s not like it’s a popular bird to eat – the cost is so huge it becomes a Christmas Day only thing (unless you are sensible and head down the beach for a BBQ) – and even then chook is easier and has less game tasting meat. (Ugh dark Turkey is the worst)

    I know I did look once for one of these mythical basters in a supermarket and there was nothing even close. In the end I just did what normal people do, used a spoon.

  • I just fill up an old (well cleaned) tomato sauce bottle with pancake batter. Same effect as this, with the benefit of being able to make about 5 pancakes per refill.

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