I love nothing more than searching for bargain products, particularly gadgets for the kitchen. I stumbled across these toastie pockets in Poundland with two bags costing just £1.00. I thought this would be a fantastic way for making a toasted sandwich for my other half to take to work without all the mess of having to scrub the sandwich toaster afterwards. Have you ever noticed how mess always seems to accumulate in the hard to reach places of a sandwich toaster? Not the most well designed thing ever are they!
These bags are very simple to use, all you need to do is make your sandwich, place it in the bag (may have to flatten your sandwich a bit) and then toast it for just a little longer than the amount of time you'd put toast in for. Once the toaster has finished you have a delicious, melty, toasted sandwich with the filling of your choice. There is something about a toastie that always seems to make me crave cheese with it, possibly just because it goes all gooey and lovely?!
I have found that my bags are scorching when coming out of the toaster (pretty much a given hey!) so I've taken to picking these out with a pair of tongs just to prevent myself continually burning my fingers.
I wash each of my toastie bags after each use just to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria and they are very easy to wipe clean with a soapy sponge (soft side) and then I can place them upside down on my cutlery rack to ensure they dry properly before placing them back in the drawer for their next use. My bags have been in use for a number of months and while they have taken on a very used appearance (quite scorched in appearance) this does not affect the functionality of these bags at all.
I must say that I am very pleased with the quality of these bags. They are fantastic for making delicious toasted sandwiches with minimal effort and minimal mess also. I have been considering giving away my sandwich toaster for quite a while now as it's just not used much any more and I may just seriously think about it now to free up some cupboard space for some other gadget I take to!
If you are looking for something a little different for your lunch then why not consider taking a toasted sandwich to work? My other half has done it a few times lately and he seems to be thoroughly enjoying them. You can cram almost anything in to one of these sandwich bags and toast it between two pieces of bread and if you squash everything down a little bit first you'll find the sandwich even more delicious as things are just beautifully compact with more crammed in every mouthful. I have been very pleased with how long these have lasted for just £1 for 2 and it means I can prepare two sandwiches at a time so neither of us is left waiting at meal times.
I was introduced to toastie bags by a friend, and loved the idea so much I decided to pop to Poundland and pick some up for myself. As I'm living on a pretty low budget the biggest plus point about these bags compared to an actual plug in sandwich toaster was definitely the low cost. £1 for two toastie bags and they last ages!
The way the bags work is that you construct your sandwich with the filling of your choice (I feel that no toastie is complete without cheese to melt but you may feel differently!) squash it a bit, pop it in the bag and then put the bag in the toaster for a few minutes. When the toaster pops, bingo, you have a delicious toastie ready to go!
My toastie bags developed black scorch marks pretty quickly, but this doesn't actually effect their usefulness so don't be alarmed! The bags do get quite hot when they first pop out of the toaster so be careful when removing your sandwich that you don't burn your fingers. I've found that a toastie needs to be in the toaster for a little bit longer than just a slice of bread in order to get hot/melted right through to the middle but the bag stops the bread from 'catching' and burning.
The toastie bags can go in the dishwasher or be hand washed after each use, which is sooo much easier than trying to clean burned on cheese and grease off a standard toastie-maker. Add that to the fact that they obviously don't take up nearly as much space in the kitchen and the incredible value for money (I've had my toastie bags about a year now, they get used a couple of times a week so it works out at less than a penny per use!) and toastie bags start to seem like a great idea! They also make your toasties a fair bit healthier as they cut out the grease you have to use in a toastie maker to stop the bread from sticking. A ham and tomato toastie on brown bread made in one of these bags is a great healthy lunch.
I highly recommend them to anybody who likes the occasional toasted sandwich but doesn't want either the fat content, the cost or the loss of space that comes with buying a breville or similar toastie maker. Give them a go!
There's something counter intuitive about cooking toasties in a vertical rather than horizontal position and to cook them in a toaster seems just ridiculous.
I never knew these Toastie Pockets existed until my wife bought a pack. I had had a bit of a craze on toasted sandwiches, but had been getting admonished on a regular basis for making a mess and not clearing up afterwards. It was always ever thus. Do you know, she deliberately used to hide the sandwich maker right at the back of the corner cupboard in the kitchen so in retaliation I would do them under the grill and accidentally let some gubbins spill out of my over full sandwich onto her precious gleaming grill tray.
We love each other really of course and after all, it would be a strange marriage indeed if these petty little spats didn't exist.
Anyway, I was loathe to use these Toastie Pockets at first as I couldn't believe a waxed paper type product would be safe in a toaster...... and irrespective of what seemed like folly in applying heat directly to the product, to put cheese inside that would melt seemed like an outlandish notion when there was electricity around. And how were these things going to get my toasties brown, for goodness sake?
I needn't have been too concerned. It needed a bit of experimentation as regards the toaster settings to get the sandwiches properly toasted but the final result was not too bad at all. You make your sandwich, pop it into the Toastie Pocket, put it in the toaster and toast as normal.
Once you have liberated the bags from the toaster and extracted and scoffed the toasted sandwiches, you simply wash and rinse the bags with the normal washing up and put them away in the drawer until next time.
My final verdict is that using Toastie Pockets is better than using a sandwich maker because the finished product does not end up sealed, such that when you take a bite, the molten cheese tears off the first couple of layers on the roof of your mouth. To me, it isn't as good as making them under the grill though.
It is claimed that these can be used up to 100 times. We've still got ours and it is probably time we invested in a replacement pair as they have gone all brown and horrible looking. If they have become weaker through continued use, they might split inside the toaster and make a right mess as well as potentially permanently disabling the toaster.
Purchasing new ones isn't a priority however, because I have found a new way to upset my wife - making poached eggs in the poached egg maker and not immediatley washing off any egg white still left in the little plastic cups. She hates that AND she hates the smell of eggs. Tee Hee!
If you haven't used these before, they are only around a pound for a two pack and are widely available so give them a go.
When I was at boarding school, there were only two forms of cooking available to us - the toaster or the microwave. As you can imagine, there were only a limited amount of things you could make in each.
And so, when I discovered toastie bags, it was such an amazing revelation. I could get two slices of bread, stick cheese in the middle, pop it in the toastie bag and put it down for 4 minutes.
With only a toaster and a microwave, these toastie bags were a godsend, because not only could you make toasties in them, you could make anything - provided you were patient enough. My roommate and I even once made chicken nuggets from frozen. The cheese inside the toasties didn't always totally melt, and the chicken nuggets took a long time.
They were also reusable - you could wash them out and use them again. Kitchen Corner claim that you can get 50 uses from each bag. I preferred using these bags to my friends 'illegal' toastie maker because the bread wasn't completely crushed.
So would I buy this product again? I have myself a packet of them even though I have a grill, oven, microwave, toastie maker, and a toaster.
On a recent trip to my local poundshop, I came across these toastie pockets . Having seen adverts for similar products on TV, I decided to give them a go .
Essentially, these are two little pockets made of some kind of heat resistant plastic, beige in colour with a closed bottom and an open top, which also has a small handle shaped hole . The idea is that you can slot a cheese sandwich or such into the pocket, and then whack it into the toaster for an easy, mess free, toasted sandwich.
They actually came with a handly little sheet that suggested other things you could cook in the pockets too , such as sausages, fish fingers, and burgers, although naturally these things would need to be pushed down into the toaster a few times to ensure they were fully cooked.
My first experiment was with a simple cheese and ham sandwich. Now, the pack does say these work best with variable width toasters . However, I have nothing so elaborate, but I didn't let that deter me from cramming the sandwich into my machine. It was a bit of a tight squeeze, but not too difficult . I then popped the button down, and waited for it to ping up my sandwich .
A few minutes later I had a perfectly done toastie - crisp crunchy bread and lovely melted cheese, and lovely hot ham . Easy peasy.
For my next variation I decided upon cheese and onion. However, not having any fresh onions to hand, I decided to use a few pre chopped frozen onions. Whilst the bread and the cheese cooked to perfection, the onions were still cold, so I would suggest defrosting items you intend to use first (as well as pre-cooking meats such as bacon when using in a toastie.)
I found cleaning the bag a little bit of a faff, as they are quite small inside and it's hard to get a sponge round. I settled instead for filling them with boiling water and washing up liquid, and giving them a good swish around, and they came up nice and clean.
I've used these multiple times now, for toasties, but also for heating up baked beans and for scrambling eggs . It takes a little trial and error to get the cooking times just right, but I do find them a handy little product.
I now have a real toastie machine, so doubt I'll continue using these for toasted sandwiches (even though they make less mess) but I will still be using them for eggs, bacon, and beans.
For £1 for two pockets, (each of which can apparently be used 100 times) these are excellent value, and I'm awarding these 5 stars .
==Kitchen Corner Toastie Pockets==
Another recent trip to Poundland saw me buying my second packet of these brilliant little bags!
For a mere £1, you are getting two re-useable toastie pockets, which are basically a strange mesh type bag which allow you to put a sandwich into and then pop the bag and sandwich into the toaster to create a hot and toasted sandwich.
The packaging of these toastie pockets is very basic and the bags come within a clear cellophane wrapper which has a sealed end which is glued down and easy to open. There is one sheet of information which is bright yellow in colour and gives pretty basic information. It doesn't actually say anywhere on this packaging what these bags are made from which I find strange but it does state they can be used up to 100 times and can be easily washed either by hand or in the dishwasher.
The bags allow you to cook many things other than sandwiches to make toasties, it states on the packaging that you can warm up items such as samosas, pastries, sausage rolls, apple turnovers and even baked beans! I have never personally tried the latter and I am not sure it would be any better than using the microwave and certainly no quicker, However I have rather successfully cooked fish fingers and waffles in these bags and this is something I find particularly helpful.
The fingers of course need a good few times at full setting on the toaster and still take 10 minutes to cook. However this has got to be far more economical than turning the grill on in the oven to cook them and probably slightly quicker too. Plus the result of cooking is just the same too.
The bags fit fine into my toaster and the slots on this are not really the biggest ones available but you do have to be careful when getting the bags out as they can be slightly hot although not dangerously so. Plus the bags are tall enough for there to be a large bit of the toastie pocket to pull the bag out without touching the hot part.
I would say cooking sandwiches and less messier items would mean you get more uses from the bag but seeing as I have been toasting fish fingers these tend to create more mess inside the bag and the bags being to look brown and charred therefore I usually get around 40 uses until it looks pretty nasty and I feel I have to replace it.
Overall for 50 pence per toastie pocket I feel they are very good value for money. They can cook a good variety of things and save time and power by not using the oven. They make for a tasty meal in a super fast time. I think a score of 5 stars out of 5 is a fair one and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.