Product Type: JML household products
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JML Toasta Bags
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
JML Toasta Bags
Advantages: Toasts sandwiches nicely, easy to clean
Disadvantages: Not ideal for narrow toasters
I love toasties. They're among my favourite foods - my favourite filling is cheese and onion, with absolutely loads of onion and preferably two types of cheese. I have a very good Breville toastie maker, but I'm not always keen on the hard edges it makes on toasties when it seals the crusts together. So, I decided some time ago to try Toastabags, which would keep the sides of my toasties open.
I bought my JML Toastabags from Tesco a couple of years ago. I think they cost around £2 for a pack of two, but I might be misremembering. According to the packaging they can be used up to 100 times. Despite my love of toasties, I'm quite confident I haven't used them that often so I can't comment on whether they would last that long, but mine are still in good nick.
The Toastabags are beige, and made of a kind of plastic material. The idea is you make up your toasted sandwich, two slices of bread with cheese and onion or whatever you fancy, slide the sandwich into the Toastabag, and then put the bag into your toaster to turn your sandwich into a toastie.
I find the Toastabags to be generally easy to use - all you're doing is making a sandwich and then putting it into a bag in the toaster instead of into a toastie maker. The main problem I have is that my toaster (and my previous one) are of a fairly average size, perhaps on the small side of average. The slots are quite narrow, so I have to squash the sandwich down in order to fit it into the toaster, and then give it a shove to get it right down inside. I tend to keep an eye on it, as with the sides of the bag being right against the sides of the toaster, there is a risk of the bread getting a bit burnt.
The results, however, are good. Provided there is no burning, the Toastabags produce very nice toasties. The bread is toasted all over, the cheese melted and the filling (usually onion for me) hot.
Surprisingly, the Toastabags are very easy to clean. I just wash them along with the dishes, giving them a wipe inside and then leaving them to dry by hanging them on a wooden spoon. The cleaning is helped by the fact that somehow there doesn't seem to be much cheese leakage in the bottom of the bag; I'm not sure how, you would expect there to be, but it means there is no cheese to scrape off the bag.
Apparently the Toastabags can be used for other things, such as cooking fish fingers, but I've never tried them for anything other than toasties. I imagine they would work for things like that though.
Overall, I do like my Toastabags. They're a good alternative to a toastie maker, although I tend to alternate using the Toastabags and the toastie maker. Toastabags would be ideal for anyone who doesn't want to buy a toastie maker, or who doesn't have the storage space for one.
Summary: A good was of making toasties
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