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Tefal Toast and Egg - A Great Time Saver!
Tefal TT550015 Toast & Egg Toaster
Member Name: littlewelshbird
Tefal TT550015 Toast & Egg Toaster
Advantages: fast and easy
Tefal Toast N' Egg TT550015
- 2 slice toaster
- Boils and Poaches eggs
- Re-Heat tray
RRP around £34.99
The Tefal Toast N' Egg is no ordinary toaster! I bought this three years ago when I moved house. I am a big believer in "you get what you pay for". Having said that I was, and still am, on an extremely tight budget. So spending this much money on a toaster was a fairly big decision. It turned out to be a fantastic decision and changed the way I cooked breakfast from there on in!
The toaster takes two slices of bread. It has variable heat settings from 1 to 5 depending on the thickness of your slice. Using thick white sliced bread, it takes around 2 minutes to toast two slices. The result is lovely crunchy toast that is never burnt and is evenly cooked, which is quite refreshing when compared to other models. The slots are deeper than you may think at first, so you can get the whole slice in. A lot of toasters leave the top edge exposed and thus you have to turn the toast half way through to get an even crisp. Not with this toaster!
The control panel is fairly straight forward. Along side the heat controls for the toaster slots, there are four push buttons to control the heating element for the eggs. You can choose either; toast on its own, in which instance you don't need to press anything except the plunger as with a 'normal' toaster. The other three controls enable you to cook eggs alone, with no toast, or, cook eggs in conjunction with toast. The final button at the bottom is a 'stop' button which is pressed to release toast during cooking, if required, or to turn off the heating element for the eggs. All buttons are flush to the body of the toaster and so are wipe clean.
There is an adequate crumb tray included. As with all toasters this needs to be emptied regularly. Having said that I only empty it about once per month and have had no problems with the crumbs building up and burning as I have done with other toasters previous to the Tefal.
And so we come to the egg cooker. The element is wipe clean. I give it a wipe with white vinegar now and again to remove any residue and keep it shining. It cooks eggs by steaming them from water placed into the element. To cook eggs you place the rack on top of the element. There is room for up to four eggs here. The toaster comes complete with a measuring pot for water. On the base of this is a small sharp needle which must be used to piece the bottom of the egg before placing in the rack. This prevents cracking. Fill the measurer up to the desired level. Hard medium or boiled, from 1 egg to 4 eggs on each level. On the back of the pot there is a section for measuring water for poached eggs which I will explain shortly. Once the eggs are pierced, place them upside down in the rack. So the pierced side is facing upwards. Then put the lid on. The lid has a small hole in the top to allow steam to escape. Then press the button and off it goes. I find this much easier to use than a conventional saucepan. I am a fairly good cook and am able to boil and egg the old fashioned way without a problem. However this toaster takes the hassle out of it. There are no saucepans to wash up, no timers to set, no leaning over the stove waiting in anticipation for cracks to appear. With the Tefal I can put the eggs on to cook, and get on with other things, like making an all important cuppa or washing up etc. Having said that I would strongly recommend against leaving the device unattended as with any other appliance.
Poaching eggs hasn't been quite so successful. The machine comes with what I can only describe as a mini frying pan. Fill the measurer up to the desired level for poaching, these marks are on the reverse of it. It is only big enough for one egg. It has a non stick coating. The idea is that this sits on top of the rack with an egg in it, then the lid over the top and the egg is poached by the steam. I've only tried this two or three times and haven't been that impressed. The first time the egg stuck to the pan, with disastrous consequences! The second time I wiped a little oil around the pan with some kitchen paper and this helped the sticking but it overcooked. Which is my error and not that of the machine. So after that I have stuck to boiled eggs only. I'm sure if I persevered I would get the hang of it, but, the only way of getting the egg out is to wipe a small amount of oil around the pan, and this can be tasted on the finished product. This may be fine for most, but first thing in the morning it was a little overpowering.
In addition to eggs, there is a warming tray provided. This is designed to re heat sausages or bacon etc. I haven't yet used this function so cant comment on its usability or effectiveness. If on the rare occasion I do have bacon I cook from fresh under the grill.
So to summarise, the Tefal Toast N' Egg is far more economical than boiling a large pan of water, which would use a lot of gas/electric in the process. I have a very active job and work long hours. So two or three days a week I like to have a good breakfast, rather than just cereal. The toast and egg enables me to do this without having to concentrate too much first thing in the morning! There is hardly any washing up and its much faster. It may not be suitable for a large family as it only takes two slices rather than four, and there is only room for boiling up to four eggs. Having said that I would highly recommend it to all, in my opinion, no kitchen is complete without one.
Summary: no kitchen should be without one!
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