I know this question has been asked before, but new models come out and
things move on. A few months ago we moved from toasting under the grill
to a toaster. The toaster is almost useless, it toast one side of the
bread darker than the other, also whatever it is set at gives
inconsistent result. What I need is a 2 slice model that will take very
thick bread and toast both sides equally and consistently. Any advice
Don't get the cheaper one, get the olde-fashiond one with the mechanical
timer. The elements are replacable too.
Bit of an "optimisation" when you put it in single slice mode, but
I guess the optimisation is that the middle element is double sided,
so single slice mode saves 1/4 of the electrickery rather than 1/2.
And buy one of those wooden toast tongs too.
I'd suggest not buying off their site though, but use someone like Amazon
or John Lewis - they're cheaper and I had a rather "meh" experience when
buying their espresso coffee maker direct.
This is what we have got:
For all its imperfections, it can "toast" frozen croissants nicely, it
can take huge wedges. Evenness is achievable by setting to a low/short
toasting time and flipping the slices after one cooking - then doing
another run. If you also leave it for a while between sides, you can end
up with what I think of as toast perfection - nice crispy surfaces with
well heated interiors.
Unfortunately, the two we got were remaindered so next to no chance of
finding any new ones now.
Even samples of the same model seem to vary, so I suspect the answer is
going to be like, my bloggs 55 is fine but my neighbours sets of the smoke
alarm if one side is just right.
Most are pretty simply made I suspect they all get the elements from some
Brian Gaff....Note, this account does not accept Bcc: email.
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On Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:46:25 +0100, Broadback wrote:
Best of luck with that.
We went shopping for a toaster last year. Main criteria was that it
toasted a whole slice of bread, not leave the top 1" undone. I carefully
cut a piece of paper to the size of a normal (Warburtons) slice.
Every single toaster had identical shaped slots (which means no cheating
and putting the bread in sideways to get an even toast) - the only
exception was the cheapie own-brand from Currys (which we bought). It had
long slots as a "4 slicer" although we turn bread sideways and use it as
a 2 slicer.
It's at times like this you realise the free market is a myth. Like
"choice" in supermarkets. Sainsburys selling 7 types of breadcrumbs, but
not being able to find room for *chip shop* mushy peas. Oh, and don't
think abour Tescos or Morrisons, coz they don't either.
On Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:52:41 +0100, polygonum wrote:
No, I said *chip shop* ... these :
The last time I looked (as Sainsburys) they had a shelf *3* cases wide
(and 2 deep). So would it be so hard to perhaps have *2* cases of normal
and 1 of CS style ?
You *can* try to grumble at customer services. However you usually get
"we don't stock that, there's not much call for it." followed by "funny,
you're the 3rd person to ask today ...."
Anyway, back to toasters ... reading this thread seems to me that making
decent toast is another ability, like supersonic travel that is being
fast forgotten, as we "progress" ...
Had failed to realise the company actually made two different (but
seemingly eminently confusable) products. My initial reaction would have
been to assume a rebranding exercise rather than different contents.
When an item on my regular shopping list disappears from the
shelves, I usually get in touch. The response is now predictable:
"We try to sell the widest possible range of products to give our
customers maximum choice. However, due to space limitations we
cannot stock every item in every store. For each store, our
buyers regularly review what we are stocking and how well it is
selling, to make sure that we are meeting our local customers
Occasionally, this means that we withdraw products from some
branches if they are not popular. If enough customers want to
see a certain product in their local store, well do everything
we can to provide it."
So, once I am reminded that I spend my life at the edge of the
bell curve ;-)
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
I think you'll find it was Jethro who was the mushy pea fan. I
was simply after Organic fat-free milk, 2 pint size.
I got the same response to:
I have been using your creamed tomatoes for some time as an
economical recipe ingredient. When I tried to stock up this week,
it appears that you have replaced them with Italian passata.
Comparing the labels, it seem that you have added salt, which is
now in the amber band, as is the total sugars. The tomato per
100g has reduced from 150g to 130g.
My records don't tell me the comparative prices, but I have
difficulty seeing any of the changes as an improvement.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
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