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.
The idea behind this bag is simple. It can hold a sandwich or a piece of pizza, and then be slipped into the toaster for quick panini-making or pizza-recrisping. It is also reusable and dishwasher safe.
I guess that I had just never considered making sandwiches in the toaster; I usually use a pan or a skillet. But why not try it, I thought.
So I made myself a marmalade and mozzarella sandwich, and slipped it into the bag. I pushed the whole thing into the toaster (The toaster has extra-wide slots and this fit well, although it was a little wide on the ends). I toasted it for a few minutes, and voilà! To my surprise it came out perfectly with a golden crust on the bread, and gooey, melted cheese inside. There was no mess in the toaster, and the bag was easy to clean out.
Overall, I was very impressed with this little bag; if I still worked in an office away from home I could see keeping this in my desk and making hot and crispy sandwiches all autumn long. My only hesitation is that I could not find any information on what the bag is made of. I have a hunch that it's silicone or something like it. It feels stiff and plasticky, even though it just looks like wax paper.
Each bag can be reused up to 50 times. Also, one other note on usage: some people use these to protect their food from gluten-carrying crumbs in shared toasters; they can be a real help to people with celiac or other gluten-related illnesses.
• Find it: Toastabags: Pack of 2 - $9.99 at Amazon
Have you ever tried one of these toaster bags?
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(Images: Faith Durand)