“ Brand: Moulinex / Type: Sandwich Maker „
Making a cheese and ham sand which is something I love to do especially during the weekend but it's also handy when you are hungry at night. I just love toasted bread especially in combination with melted cheese. A great combination! Of course there are many sand which makers these days, but this one seemed the right one for us with the right price around 25 pounds.
The sandwhich maker has a grey sturdy appearance from the outside and looks a bit boring. It's something I always store away when I'm done using it, since it's doesn't really make the kitchen prettier. You can open de sandwhich maker at the front was the handle is. You need to click open de little lid in order to lift up the upper part. When you open it you can see the black griddle on were the toast is toasted. On the bottom on the device you have the cord which isn't that long. It's less than one meter and unfortunately it can't be stored in the sand which maker. You when you store the sand which maker it just lays next to it.
There is a small instruction manual. A small booklet with hell lot of pages, but there is only a small portion which is in English; most pages are all different languages. There are no images but it is very well explained about how or what and it is quite simple actually.
Using it is as easy as almost any other toaster. Make sure you place on the sandwhich maker on a level surface as the worktop or a table. You plug the sandwhich maker on to the electricity and a red light will be turned on. This means the sandwhich maker is warming up. In mean time you can prepare the sandwiches. It must take around 1 or 2 minutes before the red light turns to green. Then you need to open the device and place the sandwiches and then you close it. You need to make sure it clicks when closing it. I think it takes around 2 minutes before the toast is ready but it depends on how toasted you want them really.
The grill plates are non-stick but unfortunately you can't take them out which means you need to clean it with a wet cloth or you can't just put it in the dishwasher. I normally wait when it cooled down and then it's easy enough to clean. It just depends on how much cheese is on the grill plates. That's something I normally clean right away otherwise it can be tricky to clean it later when it cooled.
You can store the sandwich maker in two ways. You can put it horizontally, but also vertically. Overall I think a great product which is very easy to use. There are two negatives with that you can't store the cord and the grill plates that can't be taken out the device. Further on I'm very pleased. Four stars.
When I was younger I always remember my dad making cheese and ham toasties, slightly on the burnt side so that the cheese that oozed out from beneath the two slices of bread was a little on the crusty side. It is exactly this sort of memory, based on taste and smell, that persuaded me to purchase a sandwich maker of this kind.
The Moulinex SM1502 has a hard wearing silver outer which opens up to reveal the black griddle on which the sandwiches are toasted. A number of vertical ridges run parallel to one another to deliver a constant temperature across the bread.
The model is marketed as being suitable for not only the production of sandwiches, but also paninis. Although I have only used the device for sandwiches based on two loaf slices, I can see no reason why the griddle would not be appropriate for toasting paninis to the same standard.
To use the sandwich maker you simply open the lid, place one slice of bread on each of the two griddle 'faces' and close the lid until it locks. A red light will illuminate on top of the machine to alert you that it is in use.
In terms of safety the Moulinex SM1502 delivers. The locking latch holds the grill plates in place to avoid burns, while the machine's 'feet' are anti-slip to prevent the machine falling when it is hot. Additionally, the handle is comprised of a non-thermal conducting material, so it is perfectly safe to touch even when it has been in use for some time.
The sandwich maker can be somewhat problematic when you attempt to clean it, even though its grill plates are supposedly non-stick. I have discovered cheese to be particularly troublesome if it is not dealt with immediately. As the machine works off the mains it is not dishwasher compatible, so must be cleaned by hand. If you have a scouring brush however, most spills can be processed with a small amount of effort.
This is a nice product that is fun for experimenting with different sandwich combinations. Despite all of my testing however, I have discovered dad's cheese and ham (for me now the Quorn 'fake' variety!) to remain unbeatable.
Short name: Moulinex SM1502