Toasted Sandwich Makers

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  • Mike_Hunt 10 Jan 2005 16:24:27 23,526 posts
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    I plan on picking one up as a gift for the lady friend tonight (in love? Say it with a kitchen appliance!), I know zip about toasted sandwich machines, so does anyone own one or can anyone recommend one?

    Also - it is possible to make sweet as well as savoury snacks using one?

    Thanks!

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  • Dirtbox 10 Jan 2005 16:28:34 78,763 posts
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    Any. I've got an old Berville which has kept on ticking for the best part of 11 years and still does a fine service.

    Best sweet filling: Banana and Mars bar.

    Best Savory filling: Cheese, beans, ham and mustard.

    Warning Will Robinson, contents maybe volcanic.

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  • RubyRed 10 Jan 2005 16:28:39 4,303 posts
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    I dunno about function, but the cow print ones look good. Or you can get her one that looks like a pig.
  • Mike_Hunt 10 Jan 2005 16:30:01 23,526 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Any. I've got an old Berville which has kept on ticking for the best part of 11 years and still does a fine service.

    Best sweet filling: Banana and Mars bar.

    Best Savory filling: Cheese, beans, ham and mustard.

    Warning Will Robinson, contents maybe volcanic.
    Ah - as long as it's possible to make sweet snacks I'll live!

    Banana and mars bar - just slapped between normal slices of bread right?

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  • Mike_Hunt 10 Jan 2005 16:30:46 23,526 posts
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    RubyRed wrote:
    I dunno about function, but the cow print ones look good. Or you can get her one that looks like a pig.
    OOooo, where from?

    please say ADSA, please say ASDA....

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  • Rankin 10 Jan 2005 16:31:00 2,930 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Best sweet filling: Banana and Mars bar.
    I am going to try this.
  • ssuellid 10 Jan 2005 16:32:13 19,141 posts
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    The daisy one is an arse to close.

    You can get toaster bags or some toasters come with 'toastie' holders - but you don't get the kind of fried crunchy outside. Far easier to clean tho.

    Best toastie = marmite, cheese, mustard and mushrooms.
  • Dirtbox 10 Jan 2005 16:33:07 78,763 posts
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    You've got to butter both sides of the bread otherwise they'll stick to the toaster and leak through the bread. You name it, you can make it. It takes a little trial and error before you start to get the gist of how much is too much filling. It can get a bit messy if you go overboard.

    I recomment you use it on a bit of newspaper until you get it right.

    Or just buy DB's Fine Art of Toasted Sarnies available from all good bookshops.

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  • kalel 10 Jan 2005 16:34:39 89,142 posts
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    I highly recommend peanut butter and chocolate spread toasted sandwhich. Excellent!!

    Plain Nutella is very good too. Mmmm.

    Breville are good Mike IME Mike.
  • Mike_Hunt 10 Jan 2005 16:36:02 23,526 posts
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    rhythm wrote:
    You have a choice between sandwich toastie maker (single function, sweet and savoury possible) or THIS, which is the BEST THING EVER in the kitchen/sandwich genre. You can leave the top off a sandwich and just melt the cheese, you can create "tortilla hotplate towers", you can just toast the outside of a sarnie, you can do paninis.

    It's a fecking kitchen marvel and seriously easy to clean too (no ridges and VERY non-stick)


    Amazing.

    But I need one tonight (last minute birthday pressie). Do they sell them in retail outlets?

    [MH]
  • pjmaybe 10 Jan 2005 16:37:34 70,676 posts
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    rhythm wrote:
    You have a choice between sandwich toastie maker (single function, sweet and savoury possible) or THIS, which is the BEST THING EVER in the kitchen/sandwich genre. You can leave the top off a sandwich and just melt the cheese, you can create "tortilla hotplate towers", you can just toast the outside of a sarnie, you can do paninis.

    It's a fecking kitchen marvel and seriously easy to clean too (no ridges and VERY non-stick)



    Agreed, I so wanted one of those but Mrs Peej insists on digging out burnt bits of cheese flavoured shrapnel from our crappy old Breville instead!

    Peej
  • Surferrosa 10 Jan 2005 16:38:33 466 posts
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    We should have a category for food on here cos a helluva lot of people seem to be right foodies. :)

    /polishes off first creme egg of the year - the first of many I may add...

    Oh, also beans and cheese is good out of a sandwich toaster.
  • Dirtbox 10 Jan 2005 16:38:35 78,763 posts
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    Try places like Comet (the big industrial estate ones), John Lewis or House of Fraser. If there's a will there's a way.

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  • markypants 10 Jan 2005 16:40:57 2,755 posts
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    rhythm wrote:
    You have a choice between sandwich toastie maker (single function, sweet and savoury possible) or THIS, which is the BEST THING EVER in the kitchen/sandwich genre. You can leave the top off a sandwich and just melt the cheese, you can create "tortilla hotplate towers", you can just toast the outside of a sarnie, you can do paninis.

    It's a fecking kitchen marvel and seriously easy to clean too (no ridges and VERY non-stick)



    Couldn't agree more. My mum bought everyone one for Xmas (apart from me as I don't eat bread). It is amazing. Can do anything. And as Rythm says is great for easy cleaning. You can even do toast in it. Buy it .... NOW.

  • Dirtbox 10 Jan 2005 16:41:59 78,763 posts
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    Can these things crimp the edges too?

    If so I might get one today.

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  • mal 10 Jan 2005 16:42:23 22,787 posts
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    rhythm wrote:
    You have a choice between sandwich toastie maker (single function, sweet and savoury possible) or THIS, which is the BEST THING EVER in the kitchen/sandwich genre. You can leave the top off a sandwich and just melt the cheese, you can create "tortilla hotplate towers", you can just toast the outside of a sarnie, you can do paninis.

    It's a fecking kitchen marvel and seriously easy to clean too (no ridges and VERY non-stick)
    It's great if you actually want to make 'toasted sandwiches', but I suspect the title was a Spaced reference and what is actually in mind is a proper breville. That thing, although great for that authentic cafe experience, doesn't do the authentic student-on-a-budget sealed edges thing, does it?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Angel_Treats 10 Jan 2005 16:44:13 11,072 posts
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    Ooh, now I fancy a toastie for tea! Maybe I should pop into Argoos and buy myself one on the way home...

    Although I've already unnecessarily spent thirty quid in there today already.
  • Dirtbox 10 Jan 2005 16:45:35 78,763 posts
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    Well, I was sold at panini's so I'll get one anyway. My kitchen is stating to look like an appliance graveyard.

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  • Load_2.0 10 Jan 2005 16:45:57 19,506 posts
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    Those Breville sandwich presses are the shizzle of sizzle... the greatest thing about them is that my gluttony is no longer restrained by the (Admittedly generous) volume restrictions of the old-fashioned toastie machines.
    Got something thatís been in the fridge for a week? No problem fire it between bread cook buggery out of it voila toasted takeaway treats mmmmmmmm. Donít let common sense define what can go in your toasted sandwiches any more.
    Buy it.
  • Deleted user 10 January 2005 17:03:52
    Dirtbox wrote:
    Any. I've got an old Berville which has kept on ticking for the best part of 11 years and still does a fine service.

    Best sweet filling: Banana and Mars bar.

    Best Savory filling: Cheese, beans, ham and mustard.

    Warning Will Robinson, contents maybe volcanic.

    Breville i$ teh pwn!

    Top tip though... Do NOT use much butter/marg (and butter the OUTSIDE ONLY!!!! I mean, use the absolute minimum, and don't overload the fillings... sounds weird, but they are better like that...

    Oh and let it cool down a bit before you tuck in, it's like putting your tongue on a dying star otherwise...

    I LOVE goats cheese toasties with a bit of ham or salami or parma ham (Proscutto (sp?))...

    And never clean them with anything abbrasive (just wipe it down with a cloth...

  • Madder-Max 11 Jan 2005 12:30:21 11,679 posts
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    O_o a sandwich toaster.....for your gf.......O_o!

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  • ST.. 11 Jan 2005 12:35:04 934 posts
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    surfer rosa wrote:
    We should have a category for food on here cos a helluva lot of people seem to be right foodies. :)

    /polishes off first creme egg of the year - the first of many I may add...

    Oh, also beans and cheese is good out of a sandwich toaster.

    A creme egg toastie, I dare ya.....
  • Mike_Hunt 11 Jan 2005 12:38:54 23,526 posts
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    rhythm wrote:
    Mike - what did you end up choosing and did it go down well?
    I got a Breville easy clean one. I like the look of the one you linked to, but from what I read I wouldn't be able to make "messy" sandwiches with it. This easy clean allows you to insert a filling and seals all the edges - cool.

    I picked it up from Comet in the end, for £21. They still tried to flog me a warrenty for £13 though, useless fochers.

    I haven't handed it over yet - I'll be doing that when I get home. I must remember to wrap up a Mars Bar and a banana though!

    [MH]
  • Dirtbox 11 Jan 2005 12:39:38 78,763 posts
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    I can see the Northern scamp now. Digging into frozen McCains chips slapped between two smoking doorsteps of blackened bread.

    Dit: Too late.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 12:40:33 11-01-2005

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  • Mike_Hunt 11 Jan 2005 12:40:55 23,526 posts
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    Madder Max wrote:
    O_o a sandwich toaster.....for your gf.......O_o!
    What?! Seriously 'what'?

    She's the best gift buyer though, I took her out on Saturday (shopping, lunch, meal, comedy club, drinks) and to say "thankyou" she picked up a copy of FHM - Adult Film Star Special.

    That's my kind of gift. "Say thanks with porn".

    /thumbs up

    [MH]
  • Dirtbox 11 Jan 2005 12:43:44 78,763 posts
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    Don't forget tuna melts. Cheese and tuna are do die for.

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  • CerealKey 11 Jan 2005 12:45:20 2,860 posts
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    Spaced says all I have to say on the subject of Toasted Sandwich makers.
  • Mike_Hunt 11 Jan 2005 12:48:43 23,526 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Don't forget tuna melts. Cheese and tuna are do die for.
    Yeah, I'll use it for savoury snacks (not frozen chips) and she'll probably use it for sweet ones.

    [MH]
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,338 posts
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    I still keep wondering who the hell this spammer 'Social' is... o_O

    Dunno about which one to get, Mike, but I do advise against storing it in your airing cupboard without cleaning away all the grease first. I did that once. Went back a few weeks later, it looked like the nest in Alien. I managed to retrieve the sandwich maker at the core, then thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the bits of fungus that couldn't be removed by hand, by switching it on and burning it off.

    Bad idea. The whole building had to be evacuated.

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