Why is the slot size in almost all electric toasters about a quarter of
an inch less than the height (the longest dimension) of almost all
normal-sized sliced loaves? The only way you can use them is either
first to trim the excess off the slice, or to insert it vertically, and
toast first the bottom, then the top - which usually leads to it being
rather dried-out and unevenly toasted.
Even the first one won't work, there is a lot of variation
in the bread and how its positioned in the toaster.
It's a lot more complicated than it looks even with just bread.
But since I do it every day, it likely is worth a decent toaster.
I just accept that the edge that ends up on top doesn't get
as well cooked as the edge that ends up down the bottom.
I agree tho, it makes no sense to not make the toaster deeper
and there is not good reason I can see that they don't.
In the UK bread was controlled by statute from 1266 until 2008. Even
though bakers are no longer controlled, the vast majority is still sold
as 400gm or 800gm sizes; metrications of 14oz and 28oz, a reduction from
1lb and 2lb that was introduced during WW2 to save flour.
A huge number of people are making their own bread now The bread from
machines is somewhat larger than bought bread, which makes toasting a
pita. Only Russell Hobbs make toasters capable of holding larger
slices, but their toasters are shite. They get very hot and browning
can be a lottery. Upside is - they're cheap around £22.
Nope. None of the dozen or more bread machines I have does.
No problem from my point of view, the only real quirk
is that the edge of the toast that ends up at the top
when in the toaster doesn't get toasted quite as much
as the edge that ends up at the bottom of the toaster.
It is visibly a little lighter, but that's all. And that is
bread from a bread machines.
That isnt true either, most obviously with
the toasters that are designed to be able
to toast two slices at once in each long slot.
Can't say I have ever tried one.
Nothing like as cheap as from garage/yard sales.
I notice the one I am currently using cost me $2 and works fine.
I don't trim it, but first stick it in vertically, which slightly
shrinks the slice, so halfway through toasting, I turn it to horizontal
and that evens up the browning.
But I can't see how Dualit don't notice during their extensive testing
that a slice of Warburtons Toastie doesn't fit ...
Some years ago we bought a Kenwood single-slot toaster with adjustable
depth. You can get a very large slice in (horizontally). Or two frozen
croissants for defrost and warm-through. Even that struggles with one
edge of many bought loaves unless you do rotate the slices during toasting.
So pleased that we finally had a sensible answer to toasting home-baked
breads, we bought a second one as insurance. It has worked - the
original is still working.
It had been a very expensive device but we got both in the last few days
of Robert Dyas website flogging them off as end of range - something
like one third the price they had been in the shops.
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