I was recently given one of these Toastabags to try out. It sat in a corner of my office for weeks. To say I was skeptical of this as-seen-on-TV product would be understating it. A bag for the toaster? Please. Well, I have to eat my words. No — actually, I ate a marmalade-and-mozzarella sandwich, fresh from the toaster, and it was amazingly easy.
Take a look at this bakeware. Looks pretty normal, pretty straightforward, yes? Well, it's actually mini bakeware, designed for your toaster oven. And that's a good idea right now, given this ridiculous heat throughout much of the country. Why heat up your oven when you can make muffins in your toaster oven?
There have been lots of fun design prototypes for transparent toasters over the past few years (remember this one?). But now Magimix has actually brought one to the market. Now, if you are so inclined, you can actually watch your toast as it gently crisps.
We had never really thought about the difference between a toaster and toaster oven until we moved away to college. We grew up only using one of them and didn't realize until later in life that it's not about which one is better, it's all about preference.
Oh my gosh - seeing this tool literally brought a tear to my eye. My grandfather, who passed away just over a year ago, made a set of these for me when I must have been 8 years old. I bet I still have those "tongs" laying around somewhere at my parents' house! How funny...and how ahead of the times!
At first glance, the idea of tongs dedicated to toaster use seems about as vital as having a separate set of spoons for caviar. But if, like me, (a) you have a partner who loves crumpets, and (b) said partner has a habit of fishing in the toaster for said crumpets with a fork, and (c) you really like your partner, this little wooden gadget starts to sound a lot more valuable.
The toaster isn't something we always remember to clean, but we recently came across a bit of toaster cleaning advice from the 1927 Butterick Book of Recipes and Household Helps and decided to do some more research on the subject.
From the "Duh... eureka!" files: I'm embarrassed to admit to how many perfectly good pancakes I gave to the dog before it occurred to me to start freezing leftovers to reheat in the toaster. It's a wonderful way to get a taste of the weekend on an otherwise rushed weekday morning. Here are a few tips.