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Andrew James Toasters Products and Comments

1- * INTRODUCTION (general information)

* Machines with aluminum plates (teflon-ceramic-granite coated)
  • the plates of the well-known branded products in the market are "aluminum", you may experience confusion as some brands refer to their sites as "casting", don't understand it as "iron-casting", in fact it is "aluminum casting" ... the good aspect of aluminum plates is their rapid heating ...
  • In most of the toaster machines, the plates are coated with black "teflon (ptfe)", prevents teflon adhesion, ceramic and granite patterned coatings are like teflon ... these coatings start to be harmful if exposed to high temperatures around 300 "for a long time ..." "I do not know the status of the" breville "branded machines that are specified as" coating ", in the product descriptions, the plate coating is reinforced with" titanium ", it is stated that it is more durable and healthier ...
  • The machines are intermittent because they are thermostated so they are not exposed to high temperatures continuously, but eventually the coating starts to fade or scratch, I suggest you to change it when bare aluminum is seen from the bottom, don't insist on using the same plates for many years ...
  • Plate coatings start to fade after a few years, most of the lost coating in this process is either mixed with what we eat or goes away while washing, aluminum which is the ptfe and plate metal which is the coating material is harmful to health ... If the coating material and production technology are quality, at least later it will cause harm. starts ... I do not know if there is an institution that controls the coating quality of the companies in our country, but we still hope that the familiar brands have achieved a certain quality and that they have produced with precision considering human health ...
Cast iron plate machines
  • the "heaviest" option known among the plate types is "cast iron" ... often used in kiosks and school canteens, not very decorative for the home but rather robust machines ... there are few models suitable for home use (examples below) ...
  • the plates are "fixed", the model with changeable plates is small ... these machines are "big and heavy" (average 15 kg., the lightest 7-8 kg.), usually "chrome-steel body" ...
  • "temporary" superficial rusting may occur if the plates are left wet, but it is not a big problem ...
  • warm up 1-2 min. lasts longer but they keep the heat after warming ... because it can reach high temperatures, it allows you to make toast without drying the bread ...
  • As the adhesion of the oil-absorbing plates decreases with time, coating is not necessary, but some brands make a transparent "enamel" coating on the plates against the possibility of breads sticking and dissatisfaction in the first period ...
  • the top cover is heavy thanks to the steel body and the cast plates, so you don't have to press it manually like any other ...
toaster pans
  • Most of them are made from "thin aluminum", there are plenty of cheap product on the market, they start to deform after some time,
  • quality ones are produced from "thick aluminum" or "iron-cast", some of them are close to electric machines,
  • you can find a nostalgic flavor different from the electronics, it is best to have one as a spare in every home, it works when the power is cut ...
  • I don't know why "steel plate machine" isn't produced, but I'm guessing it could be because of the "sticking and tarnishing" situation ... there's no "perfect machine" on the market ...
"old machines";
  • The connecting arms are plastic, the top covers are light, need to be pressed by hand,
  • Pressing too much raises the back of the top cover,
  • Plates are made of cheap and thin material, plate coatings are not very good, fading and scratching are more common,
"fixed plates";
  • Fixed plates are heavier and thicker metal than removable plates,
  • fixed plates toast immediately after making the plates to cool down when it is necessary to wipe slightly warm, paper towels in this regard makes your job easier ...
  • easy to clean at first, but you can get tired of wiping over time ...
"buffet / industrial type iron-casting plate machines";
  • these are heavier than the others (average 15 kg.),
  • they may take several minutes to warm up, but are still alternative machines in that they are heavily covered and can reach high temperatures (300 -3 -320)), especially recommended for toasted breakfasts at the weekend,
  • prices of castings suitable for domestic use are not very expensive,
  • The top covers are heavy, the bread presses well,
  • Can reach high temperatures, more suitable for making red toast inside, soft toast, does not dry bread,
  • Generally no coating is used, but some may be enameled against adhesion,
  • We can say that it is the healthiest among the toasters ...
  • the first time the breads can stick to the plate,
  • cleaning may become difficult over time,
  • may not be suitable for making instant-fast toast, as the plates take a little longer to heat than others,
  • It may be necessary to lubricate plates or breads to prevent the bread from sticking (especially when it is first taken),
  • To clean up when the post-work is finished, if the cleaning is disrupted, the residues that adhere to it harden and form a layer over time and become carcinogenic,
  • If left wet / damp, "temporary superficial rust" may be seen on the surface of the plate, but don't worry it wipes through,
  • Do not run too cheap when buying, the plates will be very thin and light, they are no different from the tin, bending and even breaking in a short time, even begins to break,
  • If you are going to use it continuously, choose the heavy cast ones, a medium level can be preferred to keep the tow in the house.
When buying toaster for home;
  • 1. give priority to being new type with push handle, body is solid, top cover is heavy,
  • 2. Interchangeable plate is more useful, fixed plates also have good models,
  • 3. The push handles and ports get intact,
  • 4. Just in case you have a spare stove top ...
* First use;
  • Do not make toast immediately after receiving the toaster,
  • Clean plates thoroughly before first use (if plates are fixed, wipe surfaces thoroughly with a damp cloth, wash if removable plate),
  • Then dry the wet plates,
  • Open the top cover of the machine, if opening 180 "it is better let the grill stand in position,
  • plug in the machine and set the heat setting to the top level, apply sunflower oil to the paper towel / napkin when it starts to heat and start lubricating the plates,
  • during this process smoke and odor occurs, this is normal, continue to lubricate the intermediate plates continue to grease the plates, smell and smoke disappear and the thermostat is activated several times until about 10-15 minutes. run, then pull the plug,
  • Wipe the plates with paper towels, the process is ok ...
  • spread margarine / butter gently on the breads, especially during the first week of toast, or it may stick ...
  • Especially after making toast on fixed plate machines, remove the coarse dirt of the plates with a cloth or paper towel before the plates have cooled down completely,
  • Remove burnt cheese-bread residues on iron plates with hard / green part of wire brush, dishwashing wire or dish sponge,
  • Use only the soft part of the sponge on fixed aluminum plates,
  • Apply dishwashing detergent to the dishwashing sponge and clean the plates,
  • Rinse thoroughly with damp cloth, no detergent left,
  • Wipe dry with dry cloth or paper towel,
  • Remove the removable aluminum plates first through hot water to avoid coarse dirt,
  • then wash and rinse with the soft side of the dishwashing sponge.
  • do not wash in the dishwasher (using the hard / green part of the dishwashing sponge or washing in the dishwasher will cause premature fading / scratching of the coating),
  • Dry the plates,
  • After cleaning, it is best to leave the top cover open on all machines for a while to let the moisture of the plates go away.