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I had heard of toaster bags a few times when I came across these but had never actually tried a toaster bag. I bought these when I was mooching through a little shop in our village which sells the most strange collection of products I have ever seen in one place.
The toaster bags come in a set of 2 and they costs me £5.50, looking online I found that Kitchen Craft sell a wonderful variety of kitchen accessories and have a wonderful website to peruse.
The bags come in a plastic packet so once open it isn't suitable for keeping them in but I just keep them in a drawer I my kitchen. The bags allows you to make toasted sandwiches without the mess of a sandwich maker which in out house gets very messy as my husband likes grated cheese inside which always covers the sandwich maker and the bench below.
The bags are black in colour and look like little rectangular carrier bags with an inbuilt hole for the handle, they feel like they are made of a thick flexible plastic with a non stick coating. The bags are not able to be submerged in water but you can give them a rub over with a damp cloth.
To use the bags you simply make your sandwich exactly how you would if you weren't planning on toasting it and then carefully slip the sandwich into the bag making sure you push it all the way to the bottom so that when you tip it the filling doesn't all fall out. Pop the bag into your toaster and toast as usual however we found that our old toaster was a tight fit so you may find your toaster is too narrow.
When the toaster pops your sandwich will be cooked, on our toaster I set the slider to half way for a perfect sandwich. You need to be careful when removing the bag from the toaster as the bag does get quite hot. The bags produce a lovely toastie when you cannot be bother with the mess of a normal sandwich maker, you need to make sure you wipe the bags out straight after use with a warm damp cloth and they wipe out very easily.
I think these are a great accessory for the kitchen.
I have used various types of toaster bags and one of the branded products I have used are Kitchen Craft toaster bags.
A browse around the kitchen craft website is really a homeowners dreams. They really have some amazing products in just about every area you can think of, tools to help you cook, bake and create some masterpieces. We are lucky enough to have a very posh kitchen shop in our neighbouring village town and they stock a wide range of Kitchen Craft products which is where I bought these bags. There were two bags in the pack I bought and were in the £6 region I believe. I've used JML Toasta bags too but have to get these through the post so I liked the fact that I could just pick these up in store.
Toaster bags are used for what they are named after, in the toaster to make all sort of toasted treats although I just use mine for making toaster sandwiches. These bags are a nice change from making toasted sandwiches in an electric sandwich maker as they do not make a mess so you do not have to clean up a cheese covered machine after use.
The bags are made of a non-stick material, almost like a thick wax paper that is made into the shape of a bag. The bag is opened at the top and has a cut out handle on each side of the bag. They are really quite thick and sturdy and not flimsy in anyway so you do feel safe loading it with a sandwich and knowing it will cook safely in the toaster. Then you just make your sandwich to your own delicious requirements and pop it in the bag. I find the bag is roomy enough for me to use my hand to guide the sandwich into the bag so it does not get taken apart.
I have a toaster with an extra large opening on one side so I always put my sandwich in there. Once the toaster cycle is done, up pops your bag and sandwich. So I don't burn my fingers trying to get the bag out I tend to use a knife or similar item to hook through the bag handles and pull out the bag from the toaster. Then your lovely hot toasted sandwich is ready to eat.
I think the only downside I have with these bags is that they are wipe clean only. The JML bags I have are dishwasher safe which is great because I can just pop them in there after use and not have to worry about them. With these bags I have to wipe them out straight after use otherwise you get bits of cheese and toasted bread sticking to them but that said they do wipe clean easily so it is not too much of a hardship!
All in all a handy product to have in the cupboard.