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Title: Toasters
Post by: Thipu1 on September 06, 2013, 10:17:06 AM
Do you have one?

If so, how often do you use it?

We've always laughed about this but neither of us owned a toaster before we got married and didn't receive one as a Wedding gift.  It took us about eight years before we got around to buying one.  Now, we use it about once every other week for bagels. 
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Psychopoesie on September 06, 2013, 10:23:22 AM
Yes, I have a toaster which used to get used most days. Trying to cut back on raisin toast (big thick cafe slices) so not using it much at the moment.

Love it for crumpets, ready made pikelets, English style muffins and bagels too.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: veronaz on September 06, 2013, 10:26:59 AM
I've had toasters all my life.  I like toast in the morning - regular bread and occassionally a bagel.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: WillyNilly on September 06, 2013, 10:28:58 AM
I have one because my husband brought it with him when he moved in. In 2 years its been used about 3 times. For almost two decades before that I lived happily without one. Growing up we had a toaster oven, but no toaster. (Well we had a regular toaster when I was a very little kid but at about second or third grade it was replaced by a toaster oven).
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: veryfluffy on September 06, 2013, 10:32:52 AM
I love toast! Lovely white Warburtons toastie, with butter and honey, or cream cheese, or peanut butter. Or toasted (home-made) bagels. Or crumpets....
We have a 4-slice toaster and use it almost every day for either breakfast or lunch. This one is on its last legs, and I'm hoping to upgrade to a Dualit soon.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Layla Miller on September 06, 2013, 10:37:40 AM
Yup.  We do occasionally use it for toast, but more often for making bread crumbs for recipes.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: magicdomino on September 06, 2013, 10:50:49 AM
Toaster oven, but not a dedicated toaster.  I don't eat enough toast to justify counter top space for a single-use appliance.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Kaypeep on September 06, 2013, 11:03:06 AM
Toaster oven.  Mostly used for warming leftovers or heating food (i detest microwave heated leftovers.)  Also use it to toast bread and bagels.  I couldn't live without it.  It's probably the most used appliance I have.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 06, 2013, 11:04:46 AM
My toaster dates to some time in the 1960s. It belonged to my parents who gave it to me when I got my first apartment around 1968. It still makes great toast. Doesn't have all the bells & whistles of newer ones, but then, I don't need them.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: 123sandy on September 06, 2013, 11:42:57 AM
Yes, we have a toaster. The kids like to make their own toast and Nutella at the weekends while they watch TV. Bliss...
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: HenrysMom on September 06, 2013, 11:53:33 AM
Years ago, DH decided he wanted a new toaster.  Not just any toaster, but a Dualit toaster.  At the time, it cost around $400.  My family thought we were nuts to spend $400?!!? ON A TOASTER?!? :o :o :o :o  It was the topic of conversation and gag gifts (including a spotlight and toaster-size red carpet) for years.  It still gets brought up from time to time.

That Dualit is still going strong after 20+ years.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: #borecore on September 06, 2013, 12:10:42 PM
A toaster oven was the first thing my now-husband and I bought when we moved in together. It was from Goodwill, but it's a sturdy older GE, and it works very nicely. I tossed my 2-slice $10 (new!) toaster when we got it. I grew up with a similar model, mounted under a cabinet.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: jilly on September 06, 2013, 02:48:23 PM
UK yes I have a 2 slice toaster I use it a few times a week for breakfast, just sliced bread. crumpets, tea cakes, hot cross buns go under the grill. growing up we just had a cooker with a separate high level grill and there was a lot of smoke detector says toast is done moments so when I got my own place I got something automatic so I can wander off without worry :)
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Carotte on September 06, 2013, 03:08:17 PM
I miss having a toaster! My SO didn't have one or the space for one, that changed a bit since a small remodel but I don't know if he would use one.
I always toast my bread when I can, now when I really crave a toast it's either the toaster oven (but I feel bad having to heat up the whole thing just for a toast) or it's a decadent buttered toast on the stove/frying pan (but that takes about two eternities and a half).

With all those threads about appliances I think I'll have enough energy to finally go buy a kettle monday :), yeah for modernity!
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Hmmmmm on September 06, 2013, 03:21:34 PM
Growing up, we always had a two slice toaster. It was as old as the hills.  We used it for toasting bread for breakfast or making club sandwiches.

When DH and I were first married we also had a 2 slicer that we used a couple time a week for bagels or english muffins. When we had kids we switched to a toaster oven so we could toast more slices and also use it for cooking small batches of stuff instead of the large oven. We probably only use it now a few times per month.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: ladyknight1 on September 06, 2013, 03:39:57 PM
The first appliance we bought when moving two years ago was a toaster oven. We use it for baking potatoes, making cookies, toast and homemade indoor s'mores. Divine!
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: newbiePA on September 06, 2013, 03:51:06 PM
We have a toaster oven.  I have never had a pop-up type toaster.  I would rather live without a microwave, than live without my toaster oven!
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: mandycorn on September 06, 2013, 05:24:20 PM
I have a two slice pop-up toaster that I use at least once a day (I have an english muffin with peanut butter for breakfast everyday) and sometimes I make toast for sandwiches at lunch or as a side dish with dinner. If I have something bready that I've defrosted in the microwave, like waffles or hot dog buns, I'll toss it on top of the toaster and turn it on to crisp it up after the microwaving.

My parents have a wonderful little four slice toaster that they got as a wedding present 33 years ago and it's still doing okay. My dad has taken it completely apart to fix twice, but they can't replace it because they can't find another four slice in the same configuration. It has all four slices lined up parallel to each other | | | | and all of the newer four slice toasters my mom can find double up == so they take up too much room on the kitchen counter.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: jilly on September 06, 2013, 05:38:07 PM
I have a two slice pop-up toaster that I use at least once a day (I have an english muffin with peanut butter for breakfast everyday) and sometimes I make toast for sandwiches at lunch or as a side dish with dinner. If I have something bready that I've defrosted in the microwave, like waffles or hot dog buns, I'll toss it on top of the toaster and turn it on to crisp it up after the microwaving.

My parents have a wonderful little four slice toaster that they got as a wedding present 33 years ago and it's still doing okay. My dad has taken it completely apart to fix twice, but they can't replace it because they can't find another four slice in the same configuration. It has all four slices lined up parallel to each other | | | | and all of the newer four slice toasters my mom can find double up == so they take up too much room on the kitchen counter.

like this? http://www.amazon.co.uk/242001-Slice-Toaster-Variable-Width/dp/B00DP44JW8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1378506968&sr=8-6&keywords=four+slot+toaster
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: NyaChan on September 06, 2013, 06:48:46 PM
I have a toaster oven.  Used to have the toaster oven/bread maker, but I still preferred that one year where I had a genuine pop up toaster.  Somehow, it just adds to the experience of making toast :)
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Kaypeep on September 06, 2013, 08:04:58 PM
Funny toaster story:
My friend David had a Black and Decker toaster oven for years.  YEARS.  It showed it's age, and ocassionally it would set the food inside on fire.  But David kept it, explaining that "it still works just fine!"  Well, years later he bought a house, and during a bad storm his neighbor's tree came down on his house, destroying one whole side. He lost the kitchen, mud room, and upstairs a bedroom and bath.  So a year later he invites everyone over to see the new renovated wing of his house.  State of the art master bathroom, new big bedroom.  New, state of the art kitchen with modern appliances, granite countertops, and... you guessed it, that darn old fire-hazard toaster oven!  His reasoning?  "It still works!"   ::)
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: BigBadBetty on September 06, 2013, 08:46:36 PM
I have a larger toaster oven. I usually use it instead of my regular oven. It heats up quickly. I am usually only cooking for one or two. My regular oven takes forever to heat up. I have a small kitchen so I don't have a separate toaster.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Lindee on September 06, 2013, 08:57:48 PM
I have an amazing and beautiful white DeLonghi 4 slice retro looking toaster with two separate settings to make perfect toast, lightly done for me, incinerated for DH, but we stopped eating wheat or sugar earlier this year so toast is a thing of the past. The bread maker isn't getting any use either. On the plus side I'm 16 kgs lighter so far, feel so much better and I've even stopped craving cake.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 07, 2013, 12:40:02 AM
I make toast almost every day.  I've never had a toaster oven though.  Used one at work, but never brought one for my house
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: ishka on September 07, 2013, 05:23:15 AM
We have a toaster (it matches our kettle   :))  The holes are wide enough to take good thick doorstops of bread so that we can have toast that is crunchy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside.

I found these excellent little reusable "paper" toaster bags that take two regular slices of bread so we can make toasted cheese sandwiches in the toaster which is a real convenience.

We don't use it as much as we used to as we've cut down on bread consumption but it still gets used at least a couple of times a week.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: dawnfire on September 07, 2013, 06:41:03 AM
I have a toaster. It's used t least once daily. It a 4 slice toaster, which cooks the toast 2 at a time.

the most fun toaster was a sunbeam automatic toaster as putting the toast in the toaster lowered the bread (http://www.toaster.org/t20.html ) without needing to press a lever.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: WestAussieGirl on September 07, 2013, 07:01:07 AM
I'm an Australian and I have never stayed in a house that didn't have a pop-up toaster. I don't see many toaster ovens though.  I have a four slice "retro" toaster. It takes the cafe style raisin bread that I love, and crumpets for the kids. I don't make a lot of regular toast at the moment except to have with soup.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Dazi on September 07, 2013, 07:16:45 AM
I used to have a 4 slice toaster, but I gave it to a friend.  We just never used it. In 10 years, I might have used it 10 times.  If I want toast the badly, I'll make it in the oven.

I would love a toaster oven; however, they hate me.  I have had 3 catch on fire and known two people who've had full blown kitchen fires from malfunctioning ones, so there will be no toaster oven in my house.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: sunnygirl on September 07, 2013, 10:14:22 AM
I really need a new toaster because mine keeps bursting into flame. Or possibly just to clean the old one really well.

Yes, several times a week - mainly with either marmite or baked beans.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: nutraxfornerves on September 07, 2013, 10:30:22 AM
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the most fun toaster was a sunbeam automatic toaster as putting the toast in the toaster lowered the bread (http://www.toaster.org/t20.html ) without needing to press a lever.
Thanks for the link. That's my toaster. The toast not only lowers, but slowly rises up. No "pop."

I looked at mine to see what model it is. It's a T-35, made between 1958 and 1962. That means it's still fully functional, although over 50 years old. Not bad for appliance life.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: KenveeB on September 07, 2013, 10:48:43 AM
I have a very basic two-slice pop-up toaster. I hardly ever used to use it, but then I discovered that my lunchtime sandwiches taste so much better if the bread is toasted. And my favorite breakfast before a big run is toast, a toasted English muffin, or whole-wheat waffles with some peanut butter and a banana. So I use my toaster probably once a day, sometimes more than that.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: scotcat60 on September 07, 2013, 11:19:48 AM
I have a two slice pop up toaster, but it is rarely used. I do have a toasted sandwich maker, but i odn;t oftern use it. However, when my Mum was alive she had coeliac disease, and discovered that her gluten free bread tasted better toasted than not, so she used the snawich toaster every day.

A survey said that the sandwich maker is one of the most frequently bought and then never used kitchen appliances, as were bread makers.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Winterlight on September 07, 2013, 12:29:38 PM
I live in a rental that came with a toaster oven. I love them and prefer them over pop-ups every time. I use it daily for reheating rolls, making toast, toasted cheese, reheating frozen apple turnovers (yummy!) and pizza.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Dindrane on September 07, 2013, 03:44:36 PM
I love toast. I am eating peanut butter toast right now. :)

I also love toasted sandwiches, and prefer to reheat a lot of things in the toaster rather than the microwave. Anything that is bread-based (like pizza) or is meant to be crispy gets reheated in my toaster oven.

I haven't ever owned a pop-up toaster, though. My parents have always had a toaster oven, and it's the only type of toaster I've bought for myself.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: crella on September 08, 2013, 11:14:18 PM
Years ago, DH decided he wanted a new toaster.  Not just any toaster, but a Dualit toaster.  At the time, it cost around $400.  My family thought we were nuts to spend $400?!!? ON A TOASTER?!? :o :o :o :o  It was the topic of conversation and gag gifts (including a spotlight and toaster-size red carpet) for years.  It still gets brought up from time to time.

That Dualit is still going strong after 20+ years.


I love their sense of humor!  :D :D :D

I have a toaster oven, because we like things like egg toast , cheese toast and pizza toast you can't of course make in a regular toaster.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Bluenomi on September 09, 2013, 01:15:51 AM
I'm an Australian and I have never stayed in a house that didn't have a pop-up toaster. I don't see many toaster ovens though.  I have a four slice "retro" toaster. It takes the cafe style raisin bread that I love, and crumpets for the kids. I don't make a lot of regular toast at the moment except to have with soup.

I agree, everyone has a toaster but toaster ovens are pretty rare. I love our shiny blue 4 slice toaster. It's gets a work out on weekends but we don't generally have time for toast on work days.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Leafy on September 10, 2013, 04:51:16 AM
I'm an Australian and I have never stayed in a house that didn't have a pop-up toaster. I don't see many toaster ovens though.  I have a four slice "retro" toaster. It takes the cafe style raisin bread that I love, and crumpets for the kids. I don't make a lot of regular toast at the moment except to have with soup.

I agree, everyone has a toaster but toaster ovens are pretty rare. I love our shiny blue 4 slice toaster. It's gets a work out on weekends but we don't generally have time for toast on work days.

I was about to say the same thing. Everyone I know has a toaster but toaster ovens are very rare in Australia. Every house or apartment (no matter how small) would have an actual oven. I've seen one toaster oven in my life (37yrs) and that has been at work. Only one person ever used it. Everyone else used the toaster or the sandwich press.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: lowspark on September 10, 2013, 11:05:19 AM
Long long long ago, I had decided I didn't need a toaster because I just used my toaster oven. One day, I was visiting a friend and we were toasting bread and I was amazed at how quickly the bread toasted. My toaster oven took about three times as long.

So I went out and bought a toaster. I realized at some point that I used my toaster oven about once a year and my toaster all the time so I got rid of the toaster oven and never missed it.

DH & I both like our sandwich bread toasted and we also toast bagels & hamburger buns.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: emwithme on September 10, 2013, 02:03:39 PM
I'm in the UK and had to google to see what a toaster oven was.  We don't really have them here. 

Our ovens do tend to have separate grills - in years gone by, these were at eye level but nowadays they tend to be below the hotplate/gas burners but above the main oven. 

DH and I don't currently have a toaster (well, we *do*, but it's in storage and hasn't made it out into this house as the kitchen surfaces are seriously limited - our microwave is actually sitting on top of the tumble drier, there's no room for it to be on an actual counter) so all toast is done under the grill, which is easier for me as he likes his toast very dark and I like barely-coloured-crispy-bread. 
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: katycoo on September 10, 2013, 08:04:52 PM
Daily.

I have either toast or a bagel or an english muffing or a crumpet for breakfast.  All use the toaster.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: mandycorn on September 11, 2013, 05:14:42 PM
I have a two slice pop-up toaster that I use at least once a day (I have an english muffin with peanut butter for breakfast everyday) and sometimes I make toast for sandwiches at lunch or as a side dish with dinner. If I have something bready that I've defrosted in the microwave, like waffles or hot dog buns, I'll toss it on top of the toaster and turn it on to crisp it up after the microwaving.

My parents have a wonderful little four slice toaster that they got as a wedding present 33 years ago and it's still doing okay. My dad has taken it completely apart to fix twice, but they can't replace it because they can't find another four slice in the same configuration. It has all four slices lined up parallel to each other | | | | and all of the newer four slice toasters my mom can find double up == so they take up too much room on the kitchen counter.

like this? http://www.amazon.co.uk/242001-Slice-Toaster-Variable-Width/dp/B00DP44JW8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1378506968&sr=8-6&keywords=four+slot+toaster

That's the same configuration, but much cuter than theirs! I like it :D
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Bluenomi on September 11, 2013, 06:27:38 PM
I have a two slice pop-up toaster that I use at least once a day (I have an english muffin with peanut butter for breakfast everyday) and sometimes I make toast for sandwiches at lunch or as a side dish with dinner. If I have something bready that I've defrosted in the microwave, like waffles or hot dog buns, I'll toss it on top of the toaster and turn it on to crisp it up after the microwaving.

My parents have a wonderful little four slice toaster that they got as a wedding present 33 years ago and it's still doing okay. My dad has taken it completely apart to fix twice, but they can't replace it because they can't find another four slice in the same configuration. It has all four slices lined up parallel to each other | | | | and all of the newer four slice toasters my mom can find double up == so they take up too much room on the kitchen counter.

like this? http://www.amazon.co.uk/242001-Slice-Toaster-Variable-Width/dp/B00DP44JW8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1378506968&sr=8-6&keywords=four+slot+toaster

That's the same configuration, but much cuter than theirs! I like it :D

That's my toaster!!! We have it is shiny blue, it's so pretty.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: crella on September 12, 2013, 06:48:44 PM
That's the cutest toaster I've ever seen!
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: Ereine on September 16, 2013, 02:15:50 PM
I think that my apartment when I was studying abroad had a toaster oven but it looked so disgusting that I never used it. Other than that I've never seen them, they're possibly available in Finland somewhere but no one I know has one. I own a toaster but can't remember he last time I've used it. I got it partly with the idea of freezing slices of bread (I live alone and I couldn't eat the bread before it went bad) and defrosting them in the toaster as I don't have a microwave, which worked quite well but I've mostly stopped buying bread that can be toasted and eating the kind of bread that's delicious even when it's dry has made it pretty useless. I probably should try to get rid of it, it takes up quite a lot of space in the cabinet.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: sunnygirl on September 17, 2013, 11:10:41 AM
I don't think I've ever used a toaster oven. I used to have a toasted sandwich maker, but it was rubbish.
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: mrs_deb on September 26, 2013, 10:27:07 PM
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I have an unreasonable hate of toaster ovens ever since my first roommate after college insisted on using one to heat up a big batch of
Tater Tots every night before bed.  Every freakin night.  Just the sight of a toaster oven reminds me of that awful smell.

[/threadjack]
Title: Re: Toasters
Post by: PastryGoddess on September 26, 2013, 11:21:24 PM
[threadjack]

I have an unreasonable hate of toaster ovens ever since my first roommate after college insisted on using one to heat up a big batch of
Tater Tots every night before bed.  Every freakin night.  Just the sight of a toaster oven reminds me of that awful smell.

[/threadjack]

That toaster oven would have grown legs and committed suicide.  While no one was home of course