Product Type: Sainsbury's Sandwich Maker
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Umm cheese toastie
Sainsbury's Sandwich Toaster
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Sainsbury's Sandwich Toaster
Advantages: Good value
Disadvantages: Can be difficult to clean
I'm a bit of a fan of the toasted cheese sandwich, where the cheese has oozed out enough to become crisp and delicious but hasn't oozed so much it leaks out the the sandwich maker and causes a clean-up operation.
It's a fairly basic looking black and stainless steel design, with plates inside for two slices of bread to be toasted side by side at the same time. Of course when you have added the tops to the sandwich there will be a total of four slices of bread in the machine, and this makes four triangular "sealed" sandwiches as the metal plates are triangular in shape and thus cut the sandwich in half diagonally.
It's a very simple product, plug it in and it automatically starts to warm up. When it is ready to toast a green light comes on.
Making a Cheese Toastie
I can't eat wheat and therefore for my own toasties use wheat free bread. I don't like wheat free bread unless it has been toasted so this machine is really good for me. With normal bread I always lightly butter the outside of the bread, but not the inside, as the grease stops it from sticking to the hot plates. With wheat free bread I found I don't need to add butter to stop it sticking.
One good thing about wheat free bread is the slices tend to me quite small and are perfect size for a toasted cheese sandwich. Normal bread is however often a little large for the Toastie maker and hangs out the side, and I find the condensation from the machine makes any edges of bread hanging outside the machine a little soppy -not nice. Therefore I always cut bread down to size before putting it onto the hot plates. There is another good reason for doing this, as any "overhang" encourages the cheese to escape and make a mess all over the outside of the machine, not good.
I always put the bottom slices on the hot plate first, then place the cheese strategically so it won't ooze everywhere, hopefully avoiding a clean-up operation after lunch. After the cheese is on I add the lids to the sandwich and the close the machine. It takes a while to do, perhaps nearly five minutes, the green light goes out when the toastie is ready, however if like me you like them nice and crispy then I always leave them in longer.
How Does it Toast?
Very well! The outside of the sandwiches are nice and crispy and the cheese melts evenly on the inside. They taste really delicious and the kids love them!
I have tried putting tomato in, however I think it makes it a little soggy. Ham works ok though if you want ham and cheese toasties. I did try making a banana toastie once, which I won't be trying again!
Icky is probably a good word. Basically the trick is to not let the cheese go everywhere in the first place, otherwise its not fun to clean the greasy cheese from the outside of the toastie machine and it gets all stuck in the hinges. The hot plates aren't too difficult to clean, I initially wipe them with dry kitchen roll to get the surface dirt off, then I use Damon kitchen role with a little washing up liquid to give them a good clean.
This is a very basic toastie, costing £10, but its lasting very well. I am always careful not to use metal on the non-stick hot plates, I use a wooden spatulas to get the toasties out and careful with how I clean the toastie maker and it lasted very well. It also has a five year warentee - for £10 not bad!
All in All
A great device for a tasty lunch and at only £10 I think it's proved extremely good value!
Summary: Makes for a tasty lunch!