When I was a student I pretty much lived on Breville sandwiches, pasta, pesto, and cheap white wine. The cheap white wine has morphed in to (slightly) more expensive red wine, the pesto no longer comes out of a jar, but the toastie is no more. We don’t have the room for a Breville toastie maker in our kitchen, and without it a toasted sarnie never quite works.
However a recent visit to the local Pound shop (God I love the pound shop!) led to the discovery of toastie bags. What a revelation! Just make a cheese sandwich (go on, bung a tomato in there too), put the whole thing in a toastie bag (see left), pop in your toaster (we’ve just got a normal toaster, doesn’t have to be super-wide) and voila, two minutes later you have a toastie. I won’t pretend it is as perfect as the Breville version, but it’s fast, tasty and the toastie bags are reusable, just pop over the prongs in your dishwasher to clean.
If I give the kids a bowl of soup I’m not always sure that they’re full. If I give them a bowl of soup and a cheese toastie I feel like I’m super mum! And the absolutely best thing of all is you can put fishfingers in the bags too! No longer do you have to heat up a grill, spend 12 minutes cooking and then clean the grill pan afterwards (or remove foil). Instead bung them in the bag (3 fit in each), put in the toaster for a couple of sessions and bob’s your uncle.
I get very excited when I think about all this and I promise no-one is paying me to write this post, I just think they’re brilliant. In my experience of pound shops they all sell pretty similar things, so check out your local one and see if they’ve got them. If not you can get the ones pictured from Lakeland. They cost £6.49 for two, but the ones from the pound shop only last 50 goes, whereas these profess to withstand 500 uses. You do the math, as our American cousins are so fond of saying.