looking at getting a toasty machine

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11 years 3 months ago #26740 by rob
is the george forman any good, dont want to spend a lot

Rob

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11 years 3 months ago #370883 by ame
We make toasties in a frying pan. Make your sandwich with two slices of bread (must use some cheese for that delicious melty cheese taste). Butter the outside of the bread lightly. Put it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so to start the cheese melting. Place the sandwich into a hot pan to toast one side. Turn over when done and toast the other side. Serve and enjoy.

Save your money. You'll need it for the cheese!

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11 years 3 months ago #370902 by Ronney
Rob, I love toasted sandwiches but I hate cleaning the damn things with a vengeance, so much so that I won't have one in the house. Butter, cheese, egg dribbles out of them and they are almost impossible to clean, no matter what make they are and the longer they are used, the worse they become.

Somewhere in our shed are two "old-fashioned" toasties makers, the sort that can either be stuffed in the embers of a fire or used on a element. Like many old-fashioned things, they are simple, easy to clean and make just as good a job as the electric counterpart. Now that our toastie maker has thankfully died, I will be looking them out.

Cheers,
Ronnie

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11 years 3 months ago #370905 by Chris-HB
The George Foremans are quite flexible in what you can do in them. One of the big attractions is that fat drips out and is easily collected. The double-sided cooking design means that they're also pretty efficient. Our boys discovered they do a great job on making crispy bacon. Saussies cook quickly and I've even done pheasant breasts stuffed with ham and cheese in it - because they cook quickly, they stay very moist.

Chris-HB

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11 years 3 months ago #370908 by ronnie
When my old faithful died a few years ago, we got a sandwhich press. Bought it brand new off trademe for about $35?????? It is a well known brand but not the George Forman.

It is a teflon coated one which is great as the cheese (it does cheese rolls as well as sammies) just slides off it easily, making it really easy to clean. It also holds 4 sammies at a time which also makes life a lot easier and quicker than standing round waiting for 2 to cook when feeding a few.

I went and had a look at an awful lot of them in the shops before deciding which one to buy (and what was a good price) then waited till the right one came up on T/me. Didnt take long.

Would never go back to the old toasty machine now.

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11 years 3 months ago #371037 by rob
looked at GF on TM but the state of them is not that flash, but will keep looking.
i think sometimes it a bit hit and miss with these things

Rob

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11 years 3 months ago #371042 by Stikkibeek

Ronney;362867 wrote: Rob, I love toasted sandwiches but I hate cleaning the damn things with a vengeance, so much so that I won't have one in the house. Butter, cheese, egg dribbles out of them and they are almost impossible to clean, no matter what make they are and the longer they are used, the worse they become.

Cheers,
Ronnie

Now here's a great tip for those of you who hate cleaning toasty machines. When you put your sandwich in the press, put it in between two layers of baking paper.
Don't matter if anything runs, like cheese, or anything else, cause it stays on the baking paper, and then you just can throw that out if it gets too soiled to use again. (I mean, you can use it several times for the families lunch say, and then dispose of after)

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 3 months ago #371075 by The Kats Place
I can endosed the baking paper thing, use it all the time, love the stuff. I even make sandwiches for hubby to take to work for toasties a wrap them in baking paper then he doesn't have to clean the machine, and also if the last used didn't clean the thing then it doesn't matter cause his lunch is all clean and wrapped up

kats
Live your life in such a way that it will be easy for people to say nice things at your funeral [;)]

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11 years 3 months ago #371120 by Hawkspur
If you clean the toastie maker with a wet cloth while it is still hot the steaming water from the cloth loosens all the dirt quickly and easily.
The trick is to have a bit of cloth that is dry between you and the wet part so that you don't get cooked too.

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11 years 3 months ago #371128 by terralee
I adore baking paper ...it is so useful[^]
I bought a Zone(New World) 4x sandwich maker and it does the job really well ...thanks for the baking paper idea ...love it ..I don't really think it matters too much with a toasty maker as in brand name ..if you look after it.
I had a George Forman grill thingie ...Lean Mean grilling machine[:0] and it died ...just after it came out of guarentee[:(!] so my cheap sandwich maker has already been much better value than a name thing ....
Cheers

Leonie & Zoo!!! :silly: :woohoo:

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11 years 3 months ago #371143 by DiDi
I have the most historic toastie maker (Sunbeam) known to man. Over the years the glass thingie that tells you whether it is red (not ready) or green (go for it) has smashed to smitheries but the faithfull toastie still toasts the best that you could want from ham and egg etc - whatever - without any guidance from the broken red/green thing and yes it was meant to be teflon (I think) but does the job. It's easy to clean and I love it - enough to move house after many years and still put it on the use it list.

I thought George Foreman was about fat running off but my toastie is only used to make toasted sandwiches with some random ingredients so I guess we need to figure out what it is that we want it to do.

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11 years 3 months ago #371152 by Ghilly
Anyone ever tried a ham and banana toasted sandwich? Ooh they are really nice!

Also, a banana toasted sandwich served with icecream and chocolate sauce YUMMMMMM!!!!

Don't knock it till you've tried it!

Yakut

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11 years 3 months ago #371164 by Ronney

Stikkibeek;363052 wrote: Now here's a great tip for those of you who hate cleaning toasty machines. When you put your sandwich in the press, put it in between two layers of baking paper.
Don't matter if anything runs, like cheese, or anything else, cause it stays on the baking paper, and then you just can throw that out if it gets too soiled to use again. (I mean, you can use it several times for the families lunch say, and then dispose of after)


Great idea, never thought of it :D

Hawkspur;363142 wrote: If you clean the toastie maker with a wet cloth while it is still hot the steaming water from the cloth loosens all the dirt quickly and easily.
The trick is to have a bit of cloth that is dry between you and the wet part so that you don't get cooked too.


It wasn't the stuff that leaked out IN the toastie maker, it was what leaked out through the back and sides, got caught in nooks and cranies and around hinges, dribbled down underneath it etc. Not to mention family members who used it and didn't clean up behind them. Overall, it took me longer to clean the thing that it took to eat the toastie.

Cheers,
Ronnie

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11 years 3 months ago #371172 by kimberj06
The baking paper idea is so sensible!!! I am annoyed that it never occured to me in the past. :rolleyes:

My theory was that someone should design a toastie machine with plates that slot in and out for easy washing. Shouldn't be that hard to do surely?!:confused:

Hoping to get out of the city while I am still young enough to make the land productive.

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11 years 3 months ago #371282 by Stikkibeek

kimberj06;363199 wrote: The baking paper idea is so sensible!!! I am annoyed that it never occured to me in the past. :rolleyes:

My theory was that someone should design a toastie machine with plates that slot in and out for easy washing. Shouldn't be that hard to do surely?!:confused:

You should patent that idea Kj06

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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