- What is a bread-toaster?
- How does a toaster work?
- Advantages & fields of application
- The advantages
- Fields of application
- What types of toasters are there?
- The all-bread bread-toaster
- The tilting door bread-toaster
- The special baguette bread-toaster
- The vintage bread-toaster
- The motorized bread-toaster
- Bread-toaster alternatives
The bread-toaster is part of the indispensable small appliance in the kitchen. It accompanies the breakfast every morning, as well as the children’s snack. There are so many different kinds of toasters that it is often challenging to choose. Thanks to our article, buyers will save a lot of time.
What is a bread-toaster?
As the name suggests, a bread-toaster is used to toast bread. There are those in which you can insert all the baking forms (slices of bread, baguettes, squares of sandwich bread …), they have wide and long slots, but there are others that only accept a relatively thin template.
There are bread-toasters with 2, 4, and even 6 slots for gourmands or large families. If the family is large, buying a bread-toaster with 4 or 6 slots can save electricity. Even though the device is more expensive to buy, you find your way around very quickly. While most bread-toaster are slotted, there are also some with flaps that dropdown. The bread is placed on the grill, then the door or flap that holds the bread in place is lifted up by a spring.
Some bread-toasters do not have a timer or thermostat; it is essential to follow the cooking so that the bread does not burn.
It’s a device that allows you to eat hot and crispy toast, but also to prepare the best festive toasts with two textures: tender and crunchy at the same time. It revives old bread, crisping its crumb around the edges and softening its core.
How does a bread-toaster work?
Once the bread has been sliced or cut lengthwise, it is inserted into the bread-toaster. Then the cursor is lowered to present it in front of the resistors. These turn red and give off such intense heat that the bread heats up and then browns, before burning if not taken out in time.
Many bread-toasters or toasters, which are some of the best appliances, have a timer that allows them to eject the toast before it burns. They do not all have slots, some have shutters or doors that can be lowered, on which a more or less thick slice of bread is placed, it is enough that it holds against the grid in front of the resistance.
The downside is that there is only one toasted side, you have to repeat the operation if you want to grill the other side as well. The bottom of the bread-toaster often has one or more drawers that need to be emptied regularly. They prevent the accumulation of crumbs in the appliance, which could give off a burning smell.
Advantages & fields of application
Like any electrical appliance that should make life easier for the housewife, the bread-toaster is a household appliance used by many trades thanks to the specific features of each one.
According to consumers’ opinions, the main benefits are to have the best bread, crispy and soft at the same time, every breakfast or snack. The operation is fast and straightforward, three minutes are enough for the first slices of bread, then one and a half minutes for the next ones if they are heated in succession.
Once the heater is hot, you have to take advantage of it. The more numerous or greedy we are, the more bread-toaster slots we need.
Fields of application
Food trades, such as hotels offering breakfast, can provide access to a bread-toaster to their customers who like toasted or hot bread.
In nursing homes, the bread-toaster is welcome, and some older adults wouldn’t eat bread if not a little hot and crunchy. A little hunger in the morning and the person can enjoy a slice of bread, often much better for them than a pastry and more pleasant than a compote.
Host families for the elderly, nannies or babysitters are also delighted to have recourse to the bread-toaster to “refresh” a few slices of bread during the day, to offer a tasty snack to their gourmets.
What types of toasters are there?
The best bread-toasters differ from brand to brand; they all have a little extra that sets them apart from the others.
The all-bread bread-toaster
It can toast baguette, pastries like pains au chocolat or croissants, for the best breakfast. The slots are wide, long and necessarily deep. The browning, with several levels (up to 7), is uniform and fast. Some of these bread-toasters have a defrost mode.
- Advantage: Browning of all pieces of bread, fine to large.
- Disadvantage: Smaller ones can be difficult to pull out.
The tilting door bread-toaster
The door is a sort of grid retained by a spring, you pull it, insert even very thick bread, and put the door back to hold the bread: all you have to do is toast. You can also place thin slices or even toast.
It only browns on one side, and you must turn it over if you want the browning to be the same on both sides. It looks retro without being vintage.
- Advantage: You can brown thick pieces of bread and even round buns.
- Disadvantage: It only grills on one side.
The special baguette bread-toaster
The special bread-toaster for baguettes has an exceptional appearance, with very elongated and shallow slots. Some also toast or reheat pastries, have the defrost mode and several browning levels.
- Advantage: Defrost mode.
- Disadvantage: Not all pieces of bread can be toasted.
The vintage bread-toaster
Its rounded shapes and colours are reminiscent of the mythical Italian Vespa. The form is both vintage and design, and it is beautiful by its curves, its chrome control buttons and its tangy colour. These devices are 1950s style and take on the look of anything you would find at American dinner parties. Several brands offer this design.
- Advantage: A very nice look.
- Disadvantages: Lack of resistance in the short term for some, and cable too short.
The motorized bread-toaster
The main advantage of this model is the fact that everything is done smoothly and silently. First, you insert the slices of bread into the supports. Then you press the button so that they go down in front of the resistors. The system is silent, which changes from the usual click heard when we lower the button on other devices, but also when the system unhooks to go up.
Some have a sort of metal basket to put on the bread-toaster to heat pastries.
Advantages: It does not make any noise on the descent and then on the release of the toast.
Disadvantages: Safety mode too active, a sandwich stuck and it goes into alarm, according to some consumer comments.
Several alternatives to the bread-toaster exist.
The oven, positioned on the grill function, will heat the bread reasonably quickly and then brown it if left a little longer. You can program the heat and the timer, but you still have to monitor it a little bit. The heating time requires a lot of energy, and it is not economical.
The microwave oven
The microwave oven, without a grill, can quickly heat pastries, 20 seconds are enough at 750 W. Be careful however not to burn yourself with the chocolate which can get very hot quickly. It is necessary to put an absorbent paper under the pastry, and it will absorb the excess fat and not burn your fingers. Little energy is used, but it only warms up, not browns.
It is one of the best alternatives to the bread-toaster, the salamander heats on top in grill function, golds bread for toast, keeps warm for the latecomers. If the salamander is only plugged in to warm pastries or toast bread, it is far from economical.
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