Product Type: JML household products
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JML Toasta Bags
Member Name: Randal
JML Toasta Bags
Date: 16/12/11, updated on 22/12/11 (61 review reads)
Advantages: Greaseproof, reusable and easy to clean
I'd never actually seen or heard of these bags until a friend of ours sort of introduced them to us when we went round one afternoon. She asked if we wanted a cheese and tomato toasted sandwich, which we agreed to, and then we watched her making them up before dumping them into these little brown plastic bags and popping them into her toaster. We thought 'that's going to make a mess'. But when they came out, she just tipped the toasted sandwiches onto a plate and then just washed and wiped the bag down ready for re-use.
After finding out that they were actually these JML Toasta Bags, we did a little research and found them in the local supermarket for £3.75 for a pack of two, all from JML who make those really useful products that you never knew you needed until they told you how much you needed them.
The idea is that you put whatever it is you want to toast in to the bag (which is also grease proof) so that you can cook it in a toaster. Most people will use them for making some sort of toasted sandwich, but the manufacturers also say that you can use it for cooking other such items as fish fingers, chicken nuggets and pieces of fish, although I would probably want to cook those in a oven rather than a toaster. We mainly use these bags for making toasted sandwiches, and have found that the bags themselves are a reasonable size, where you can get 2 thick sliced pieces of bread in with a fairly thick filling. The idea is that the shape of the bag is meant to be a snug fit in order to hold everything together when it is cooking. Once in the bag, the bag has 2 slots cut into the top that act as handles, which allow you to lower it into your toaster. Equally, once it has been cooked, they allow you to pull the bag back out of the toaster slot.
Now I have a Tesco toaster that has a nice wide adjustable slot, which is ideal for using with these bags, because as you push the lever down on the toaster to start the toasting, it closes the slot up with 2 grids around the bag to hold it steady in position. Hence everything is cooked in position in your sandwich and doesn't all end up at the bottom of the bag after running out of you sandwich during the cooking process. Once cooked, lift the bag out and pop out the sandwich.
Durability wise, we've used these bags quite a few times and as yet have had no problems. The manufacturers claim that they are reusable up to 100 times, and I would suspect that claim to be true based on what we have seen thus far after 30 or so uses. You can easily wipe them clean afterwards, and we tend to put them upside down in the dishwasher with no problems because they are dishwasher proof.
Negative points? Well there is a bit of expectation management here. Since the bread is in the bag, it is not going to toast properly as it would in a toaster or sandwich maker because it is not being burnt by the heating elements. Hence, you get a sort of semi-toasted sandwich. Equally, it can be a bit hit and miss trying to estimate when the fillings are cooked all the way through, but that can/does improve with experience and practice.
In summary, these little bags have opened up our snack time sessions to a whole new world of tastes and experiences with (semi) toasted sandwiches. The bags are reusable and are really easy to use and very easy to clean. OK, there are a couple of negative points, but I think they have more to do with what your interpretation is of a toasted sandwich. But either way, I would give this product a 5 star recommendation.
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Summary: Make great toasted sandwichs in your toaster.