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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Krusty Korn Sausage pan

This is a Krusty Korn Sausage pan, sold in the early 1900's. It's similar to a waffle iron, except it's for corn dogs.

The attached "base" is for burners on wood or gas stoves; For an electric stove, you would use it without the base.

To quote its advertisement: "Cornbread and sausage have always been a famous combination. With these irons, they can be baked together as a full ear of crusty cornbread with a sausage inside. They are as easy and quick to bake as waffles. Other combinations such as weiners in biscuits can be made in these irons."

In other words, it was for corn dogs, pigs in a blanket, and the like.

I think you were supposed to fry the sausage in a skillet first. I would definitely cook it first!

I saw another variety, except without the base, and with a much longer rod, intended for use in a campfire like a "pie iron".

These pans are very hard to find; However, cornstick pans are very common, and there's no reason you can't make pigs in a blanket or corndogs* with those. Just put your cornbread batter or biscuit dough in the molds, and then place your cooked sausage.

*They may not be perfectly shaped corndogs, but they'll taste the same.

I've suggested before, cooking hot dogs on the stovetop using a cornstick pan. Apparently I wasn't the first to think of that, from the looks of this pan.

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