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If I am making toasted sandwiches for the whole family then I use the electric sandwich machine but if I just fancy a toasted snack then I am more likely to just reach for one of these toasta bags because they are just much more convenient to use and make a heck of a lot less mess.
The toasta bags are little brown bags which you place sandwiches in and then put in the toaster to toast them. They have little holes in the top for handles so that they are easy to take out of the toaster and they work amazingly well.
You can use these to make all sorts of different kinds of sandwiches and they toast brilliantly. They brown the bread well on the outside and heat up the middle. Unlike with a sandwich toaster they don’t squeeze the sandwiches together so you can sometimes get some movement and bits fall out but because the bags are quite tight and they go in the toaster most of the filling stays put.
As well as making sandwiches you can use these to cook all sorts in the toaster from chicken nuggets to burgers and even oven chips. I have never made oven chips in them but I have done fish fingers just because I was curious to see how they would turn out and they actually weren’t at all bad and cooked all the way through.
The bags are non-stick so there is never a problem with getting your sandwich out of them once you have cooked it and they are even reusable up to 100 times. They are washable and really easy to clean and you can even put them in the dishwasher if you want.
The bags cost £3.99 and you get two in the packet. I would say that they are definitely worth the money especially if you live alone or are only likely to make one or two sandwiches at a time as they are easier than using a sandwich toaster. Unfortunately it seems that JML no longer seem to be making these which is a shame as I really liked them and I had to buy my last set from another brand which weren’t as good so hopefully they start selling them again soon.
The Toastabags are available from JML stockists and they are priced at around £3.99 for a pack of two, although this does sound a little expensive, each bag can be used 100 times.
The bags are brown in colour, a little like a paper bag and are rectangular in shape, measuring around 18 x 16cm which is quite a generous size, the paper itself does feel a little thin s at first, I was concerned that foods may seep through but I can say that this has never happened (and I always use cheese in them which is quite greasy when melted).
For anyone that doesn't know how these work, they are really easy, simply make up your sandwich of choice, just like you would it using a sandwich toaster, place the sandwich in the bag and then pop the bag in your toaster. Set the toaster as normal and wait, you then get a lovely warm toasted sandwich. I tend to always use cheese, and this melts beautifully. The first time I used these, I used thick sliced bread and I did find it a bit of a struggle to fit into my toaster but on medium or thin sliced bread, they easily fit in.
What I like about these is that they don't hold the heat as much as the sandwiches I make in the toasted sandwich maker, normally, Lauren has to wait several minutes before she can eat it as the contents of the sandwich are too hot but with these, the temperature is just right.
As you can imagine, the contents of the sandwich sometimes leak into the bottom of the bag but the bags are designed to be non-stick and I find that as long as I give them a wash in hot soapy water, they clean really well.
We have had these for a few years now, they are ideal for making a quick snack and also a good way of getting my daughter to eat 'secret' vegetables, if I make Lauren a sandwich with any sort of salad on, she would leave the salad but if I pop it in a toasted sandwich, she eats it without even knowing.
I must say, I actually prefer using these now to my standard sandwich toaster as they are so quick and easy and less messy. I love the fact that they don't take up hardly any space in the cupboard.
I was delighted when recently my Mum decided she didn't like these JML Toastabags because it gave me the opportunity to try them out cos up until this point I'd never heard of such a thing and although I do love toasties I don't appreciate the mess it creates in my kitchen when using my toastie maker!
The Toastabags come in a flat pack, cardboard sleeve and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and on mine I am told that I can use 1 bag up to 30 times and that there are 2 in the sleeve and then on the back of the sleeve we are told a bit about how we can use them and what for (you don't just have to make toasties in these!), instructions on how to use the bags are given, cautions are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
The bags are a light brown in colour and a squarish sort of shape. They are soft to the touch and feel made of plastic really though of course they are not and they have a hole going through the top of them. To use these just just slide what you want to eat through the open section to the top of the bag and pop it in your toaster.
Now I use these the most for making up toasties and all I do for that is make up a sandwich of my choice and pop it in the bag and then put it in my variable slice toaster. Now I do have to remove the crusts off my sandwich although I use just a normal sized sort of slice of bread, otherwise it wouldn't fit in the bag. The fillings I use are cheese and onion, cheese and ham, cheese and tomato, chicken and tomato allsorts really and there is a picture on the back of the sleeve showing bacon in a sandwich though I'm not sure that would cook very well between thickish bread so haven't tried it.
This makes a toastie in minutes, in fact the same time it takes me to make toast and the bread goes brown (the same as toast so just set your toaster to how you like your toast usually), the fillings melt and/or heat up and they taste great although the sides of the sandwich don't seal...I'm just careful eating it and never had any issues with fillings falling out but cheese melts amazingly well so you do have to watch that! I love the way this looks nice and that its dry instead of being covered in grease aka the toastie maker I own.
You can also use this to reheat things like pizzas and chicken nuggets and yup I've done that too and all you have to do is just kept an eye on whats in the bag and in my toaster and it takes again a few minutes in this to reheat brilliantly.
So simple to use, less mess and great results I shall definitely be purchasing these again when they are finished with although I have used one of my bags about 30 odd times now, its still in tact and all I do is rinse them under a tap after using it and allow it to dry naturally. These are quite simply great, great quality and a great invention just wish I didn't have to cut my sandwich up cos the bag isn't big enough....other than that I love em!
Google for a list of stockists, my Mum bought these from Instore for about £3.00 for the two of them.
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I first came across this item at a friend's house approximately 18 months ago. Sat between her toaster and her radio, I first thought that these were some kind of lunch bag. My friend told me all about them - indeed she gave these Toasta Bags a glowing report. She particularly liked the fact that she could have a toasted sandwich without having to clean a messy sandwich maker, and could also easily reheat single pizza slices. Having made a mental note, I forgot all about them until a year ago when I was having one of my quarterly shops in my local independent kitchen and cook shop. I recall that I paid around £3.50 for a pack of two.
~+~ JML Toasta Bags ~+~
These bags are sold in packs of two. They are designed to fit a single round of sandwich. ie two slices of bread with a filling in the middle. Each bag is 15cm x 20cm. I'm not sure what the the bags are made from - it feels like a heavy-duty paper, but that can't be right due to the heat exposure.
At first glance these bags appear to be disposable. Well made, but disposable. However they are clearly reusable as the product packaging states that they are safe for the dishwasher, freezer and microwave oven.
~+~ In use ~+~
The bags are very easy to use. I simply make a sandwich, leave it uncut, put it into the toasta bag with the opened side facing upwards, and cook as though I were cooking regular toast.
I found that I needed to play around with the cooking time, and that my toasties needed heating for a slightly longer period of time than my regular toast. I can tell that the food is ready as there is a noticeable colour change in the bags: they seem to become more transparent. At this point in time, the bags are very hot to touch so I have to be careful as I lift the bags out of the toaster.
Once toasted, the sandwiches do slide out from the bags fairly easily. Additionally - and quite obviously - there is no mess in the toaster, which has to be a good thing!
The bags are easy to hand wash. I cannot comment on their use in the microwave oven as I have not tried this method, nor have I placed them in the freezer.
~+~ My Thoughts ~+~
In my opinion, nothing beats a toasted sandwich that has been cooked in a purpose-built appliance such as a sandwich toaster. The concept of toasta bags is an interesting one. These bags facilitate having access to a homemade toasted sandwich in the workplace (that is, if the workplace has a toaster). Obviously this is particularly tempting in winter.
These bags are sturdy and are definitely reusable at least several times. I used these bags around a dozen times in total, and always at work. The end result for my ham and cheese toasties, and my cheese and vegemite ones as well, was a hot sandwich that was edible and better than nothing. However it simply was not the same as my regular toasted sandwich.
The bags do wash easily enough when hand washed, and they air dry without any problems.
~+ Recommended? ~+~
I'm not really sure if I can recommend this item. It does do what you'd expect. I think the packets of two are overpriced. Ultimately I think that this is not a product for me or my family currently, but it may well suit others' lifestyle.
When we moved house we had a massive clear out, despite moving into a bigger house (thinking back on that the logic really doesn't make sense!). It wasn't until a few months down the line that I realised my much loved toasty maker had disappeared, I suspect at the hands of my husband! I looked online and by pure chance stumbled across the JML Toastabags. At just under £4 for a pack of 2, I figured I'd be daft to part with upwards of £20 for a machine which would basically give the same results and take up loads more room in my kitchen, so I happily ordered the Toastabags.
To use these bags it couldn't be easier, simply prepare your sandwich as you would before putting in a machine, pop into one of the bags and put it all in the toaster as you would, well, toast! In minutes the toasted sandwich is ready, tip the bag upside down and it's ready to eat.
As they come in packs of two, you can obviously make more than one sandwich at a time which is perfect. As a family of four, I prepare two sandwiches, get them in the bags toasting, while I'm preparing the other two. Quick and simple without fuss or mess. At first I thought these were for one use only, which would make them an expensive option, but you can actually get up to 100 uses out of each bag. That does sound a lot, but I have been using mine for well over a year, and although I don't have toasties all the time the bags have plenty of life left in them for further uses.
Once inside the toaster, they are easy to remove as they have two handles in the top of the bags so you can easily remove them from the toaster once cooked. The shape of the bag holds two slices of bread and filling niceley and means the toasty will keep its shape (and its contents!). You may find a little bit of melted cheese builds at the bottom but this is obviously just gravity doing its thing! If you catch it once the cheese is still warm, it soon pushes back inside the toasty. They are made from a non-stick material.
The bags look like grease proof paper but feel solid (almost plasticky), but you certainly don't need to worry about them melting in the toaster as they are heat resistant and can easily stand the heat that a toaster kicks out. They wash easily but drying is a little more fiddly. They are also dishwasher proof.
I simply cannot write a review about these bags and not tell you about Warburton's 'Thins', they were made for things like this in my opinion and are simply heavenly with peppers, onions and tuna melt. Yummy!
Create your favourite toasted sandwich in half the time and with no mess. Simply put your sandwich in the Toastabag pop it in the toaster and in minutes you can enjoy your favourite toasted sandwich.
I cannot believe that I have got by without these bags! They are quite possibly one of the simplest but best inventions ever! JML you are the best!
Good old JML. I've been using their Toastie Bags for as long as I can remember as I simply find them much easier and a lot let less hassle than using my electric toasting machine. I buy these directly from JML but I haven't needed to buy new ones for absolutely ages as these keep going on and on and have been reused so many times over the past few years. It's really amazing how strong and durable they are.
These bags come in packs of four and cost £4.99. They look like ordinary little brown sweetie bags until you touch them and they feel slightly like greaseproof paper. They feel really strong and they have little handles right at the top of them. This makes it easier to remove the bags from the hot toaster and prevents you from burning your fingers.
My daughter loves to help me to make toasted sandwiches. We mainly use them for toasted cheese but I have also toasted tomatoes and cooked meats with them, such as ham slices. Using these Toasta Bags is very simple and easy. I just make up an 'ordinary' sandwich and then pop it into the JML Toastie bag. Pop the Toastie bag into the toaster (just like I do a slice of bread to make toast) and turn the toaster onto high. When it's ready, the little bag pops out and hey presto - a great hot toasted sandwich.
They are so simple to use and I love the fact that they can be reused time and time again. They are currently showing no signs of wear or tear and I wash them both by hand and also in my dishwasher.
They are great for snacks or meals in a hurry at weekends, which is when I mostly use them. They have really proved to be excellent value for money and I thoroughly recommend them.
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This is a review of JML Toasta Bags which we were given as a gift by my mum a few years ago. She knew I liked the odd toasted sandwich so thought I'd like to try the bags out.
In addition to toasted sandwich, the bags can also be used to cook fish fingers, chicken nuggets, burgers, oven chips and even salmon fillets
The concept of the bags is great: no mess, no fuss and no extra gadgets taking up kitchen surface or cupboard space.
The reality of the bags is far from great. I really struggled to get my toaster to accept two slices of bread plus filling (cheese) in one toast slot. I think you needed to use really thin bread or a rolling pin on normal bread to reduce the width of the toasta bag.
I never really got any further with the toasta bags as I couldn't fit them in my (standard) toaster. I can't even begin to get my head around why anyone would want to cook salmon fillets in a toasta bag. They are so expensive, they need to be cooked properly in my opinion!
In between uses the bags can be washed in the dishwasher if you wish. Once I tried and failed with ours they sat in a drawer for ages before getting chucked away.
You can pick these up on Amazon for £2.25. I don't know how many you get in a pack for this. Ours came in a pack of two but as it was a gift I do not know how much they were.
My mum asked a while after giving us the bags how we had got on. "Not very well" I told her. Had she tried them? "Well no. We don't really like toasted sandwiches," she replied. I didn't want to sound ungrateful, but a few years later we purchased an electric Tesco Value Toasted Sandwich Maker for less than a fiver and I am pleased to say the odd toasted sandwich is now enjoyed in our house thanks to this machine, not thanks to the JML toasta bags!
I love a gadget and have a houseful of fantastic labour saving devices that don't really work and are relegated to the back of the cupboard after a couple of goes. ToasaBags from JML sounded great so I had to have them. They cost me £5 at the time from the supermarket for two.
ToastaBags are designed to make a toasted sandwich with no fuss and no mess in the toaster. My bags came in a box of two, that's all I can say about the box as I chucked it ages ago. The bags themselves are like brown grease proof paper, they're obviously not paper but that's what they look like and are non stick. They are just big enough to fit one sandwich. There are finger holes at the top to remove it from the toaster. The ToastaBags are reusable upto 100 times are washable and dishwasher safe.
You make a butty as normal (butter on the inside and not the outside like with a toastie machine toastie) put it in the bag, put the bag in the toaster and toast it for a few minutes- simple. Out comes a toastie but not really a toastie more two pieces of toast with a filling, it's not like a 'real' toastie. Once cooked there is no bag after taste left on the toastie. A made up sandwich can be thick so you have to have a toaster wide enough to fit one.
I always use cheese and I think this is a good thing as it's like a glue for the toast, beans were a disaster and fell out- umm might try cheese with a few beans hadn't thought of that!!. The toastie comes out evenly toasted after only a few minutes, but I find the middle can be cold and the cheese not fully melted, although the tomatoes are cooked(ish). The cheese filling doesn't leak out but loose fillings can do. My son cracked a raw egg and squashed it between two slices of bread it and it didn't cook through.
After use they are easily washed, I just wash them with the dishes and rinse them out then dry with a tea towel. I can't vouch for the 100 uses as I haven't used them that much, but the use they have had hasn't spoilt them.
There are suggestions for what you can cook in these things such as fish fingers and chicken nuggets. I haven't ever tried anything other than sandwiches, I wouldn't trust them to cook them properly- cheese is often cold in the middle.
Would I recommend them- yes but only for cheese toasties. They are easier and less messy than a toastie machine but not as nice.
3 stars from me because the filling isn't always cooked through.
The toasta bag is another one of these off-hat inventions by JML (a company I think are a waste of time, but anyway). Here is the review:
Ok, for your money, you get these things that are almost like paper bags, but they are some sort of greaseprrof paper. I imagine they are meant to be waterproof and not flammable. They also cost around 25p a bag or so, and are meant to be single use.
The way that they are meant to work, is that you make your sandwich (although they sell it as being able to do other things like pizza's, thin bits of fish, etc), and place it inside the bag. Then (and here comes the bit that doesn't work, more on this later), you place the bag avec contents into your toaster, hit the toast button, and the idea is that the paper bag thing will allow the heat to pass through it, and heat the sandwich, but will also stop cheese etc coming out of the bag, and protect your toaster.
A few problems with this: Firstly the bremville toaster. This is essentially trying to make a toaster do the same job as a breville toaster, and I saw some toasters for sale for 10 pounds the other day, and I own one of these. Not only are they about the aame price as about a years worth of those paper bags, but they are better, and can toast more things (like baguettes etc).
Secondly, I do not know about your toasters, but my toaster has very small gaps for the bread. Sometimes it can be a bit of a finger burning experiencee just getting 1 loaf slice out. I could barely get the bag with sandwich into the toaster, let alone trying to take the thing back out again. The result is that your sandwich is all squished at the bottom, and half of it spills out over the toaster.
In summary then, just get a toastie maker, its cheaper and easier in the long run.
WHAT IS IT?
A bread sized bag that is made of paper and plastic. You put it in your toaster with a sandwich or food inside to cook food using your toaster instead of your oven or microwave.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
I only use my Toasta Bags for making toasted sandwiches. For that you make up a sandwich and slide it into the bag, then just toast the whole bag in your toaster slots like you would a piece of bread. JML say you can cook fish fingers and other food in them but I would not like to trust meat or fish to the low power of a toaster. When the toaster pops up or your sandwich is finished you lift the bag out using the small handle that is cut into the bag and take your sandwich out.
WHAT I THINK
These bags are only cheap so I'm glad I've got mine but I don't think they are as good as the advert makes out them out to be. They'll only work if your toaster has got wide slots because you're toasting two slices of bread at one time. The bread can go a bit hard sometimes and if you're having a thick filling it won't always cook evenly. The best sandwich to do in the Toasta Bag is plain cheese because that cooks quick and the cheese melts to hold the bread together.
The good thing about doing your sandwich in one of these bags in the toaster is that you don't need to butter your bread like you would if you was using a Breville sandwich maker. That helps you cut your fat down but then you need to be careful what you put in your sandwich.
If you are the sort of person who wants to cook beans or scrambled egg in your toaster then these could be a good time saving device, I like keeping my toaster for making toast and even doing sandwiches in there feels strange to me. The Toasta Bag is a lot easier to wash up than it looks because it will turn inside out and just using hot water and washing up liquid, the shiny surface means you only have to wipe it when it is wet and any grease or crumbs will slide off.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
Are you fed up having to clean the toasty maker after every use? Or does your filling simply seem to ooze out of the back and make a mess of the place. These are two things that really annoy me about making toasties. I also hated the amount of time it took to prepare. I always had to butter both sides to make sure the toasty doesn't stick to the machine; this usually resulted in butter all over the counter top. All in all toasties are wonderful to have but can be a real hassle to make. The JML Toastabags are designed to give you all the luxury of a toasty without the painful preparation process.
Before you go out and purchase these, it's best to check something. The bags are made big enough to hold two slices of bread along with some filling, make sure that your toaster slot is wide enough to fit all the ingredients and the bag, otherwise you will be wasting your money.
The design of these is much like a miniature shopping bag. There is enough space to fit your average sandwich and the material covers the entirety of the sandwich. There is a small handle at the top; this is to allow you to take the toastabag out of the toaster once the product is ready. It shows that they designers really thought of everything as the contents inside the bag can become extremely hot, therefore it is essential that you use the handle, otherwise you are at great risk of burning yourself.
If you inspect the bags closely you can see how the material has been woven together. This is usually woven Teflon or maybe fibre glass threads. This makes the bag durable and is also what allows the bags to be re-usable.
EASE OF USE
The making of a toasty with these bags couldn't be simpler. Prepare a sandwich as if you were going to eat it cold and then place it into the toastabag. Put this into the toaster and push down the toaster button as per normal operation. Leave until the colour of your choice, some people may like it more toasted than others. Once ready take the toasty from the bag and eat. WARNING Contents and bag will be warm. The bag can be washed ready to be used again as required.
The end result is you have a nice toasty in a few minutes with almost minimum clean up required afterwards. Also the bag stops any contents of the sandwich falling down into the toaster.
Quick and easy to use
Re-usable - apparently up to 100 times but I have never used them enough to test this claim.
I would never walk away leaving the toasty to cook in the toaster, its best to keep an eye on it as it is highly likely that the toasting process will be a lot different when compared to normal toast. This is due to the bag and filling which will change the process and timing. This lesson was learned when one of the first toasties came out rather black and also burnt the bag a little, meaning it wasn't fit for re-use.
This is a more personal con, but I feel that it lacks the authenticity of a proper toasty. To me a toasty has to be all pressed together at the sides and along the middle, sealing in the ingredients inside. I enjoy taking them out, in their now triangular shape and having the crusty pressed bread on the edges and the pocket of filling in the middle. You just can't get that with a toastabag.
Overall they are convenient and easy to use, but doesn't compare to a proper toasty maker for me, and I think you should keep an extremely close eye on them while cooking.
I love JML as they have some really innovative and useful products that can genuinely make life just that little bit easier. They also have some things that are completely rubbish but on the whole most of their stuff is really good. The JML Tosta Bags are a product that makes making toasties and other hot snacks at home quicker and easier with little in the way of mess to clear up afterwards.
They cost around about £5 for a box which contains two of the bags. The bags are just little bags that look as though they are made from greaseproof paper but I assume that they must be made of something else though I have no idea what. They are completely re-usable and washable and as nothing sticks to them even dried on cheese can be cleaned in seconds.
You just need to make a sandwich how you normally would and then pop it in one of the bags and then straight into the toaster and wait for it to cook. It really is that simple and I do find that the bags help cook the sandwich a lot quicker than under the grill. They seem to conduct the heat a lot more than normal so make sure your toaster isn't on too high or else you will end up burning the outside of the toastie a lot quicker than the inside will cook.
JML make a big deal about these being ideal for all sorts of different foods. Apparently you can use them for fish fingers, meat and even over chips but I would be wary about cooking those sorts of food in the toaster. For one I'm sure that they wouldn't taste as good and for two I would be dubious of them being properly cooked all the way through as even using these for a toasted sandwich the middle can be a little bit cold while the rest of the sandwich is piping hot.
The best thing about these bags is really just that they contain everything so there is little in the way of mess to clean up afterwards. Cheese and other bots of food which melt out of the sandwich just stay in the bag instead of sticking to the grill and when you are ready you can just flick the dried bits off into the bin and rinse the bag out to use again.
JML say that the bags can be re-used up to 100 times each but I have had mine for absolutely ages and I am convinced that I must have used them more than 100 times each and the non-stick is still non-stick and the bags still cook sandwiches absolutely fine. They aren't going to revolutionise your life but they are handy little bags that do make cooking toasties easier and because they are quite cheap and last a long time then I would have to say that personally I think that they are well worth the money and would recommend them.
I love toasties. They're among my favourite foods - my favourite filling is cheese and onion, with absolutely loads of onion and preferably two types of cheese. I have a very good Breville toastie maker, but I'm not always keen on the hard edges it makes on toasties when it seals the crusts together. So, I decided some time ago to try Toastabags, which would keep the sides of my toasties open.
I bought my JML Toastabags from Tesco a couple of years ago. I think they cost around £2 for a pack of two, but I might be misremembering. According to the packaging they can be used up to 100 times. Despite my love of toasties, I'm quite confident I haven't used them that often so I can't comment on whether they would last that long, but mine are still in good nick.
The Toastabags are beige, and made of a kind of plastic material. The idea is you make up your toasted sandwich, two slices of bread with cheese and onion or whatever you fancy, slide the sandwich into the Toastabag, and then put the bag into your toaster to turn your sandwich into a toastie.
I find the Toastabags to be generally easy to use - all you're doing is making a sandwich and then putting it into a bag in the toaster instead of into a toastie maker. The main problem I have is that my toaster (and my previous one) are of a fairly average size, perhaps on the small side of average. The slots are quite narrow, so I have to squash the sandwich down in order to fit it into the toaster, and then give it a shove to get it right down inside. I tend to keep an eye on it, as with the sides of the bag being right against the sides of the toaster, there is a risk of the bread getting a bit burnt.
The results, however, are good. Provided there is no burning, the Toastabags produce very nice toasties. The bread is toasted all over, the cheese melted and the filling (usually onion for me) hot.
Surprisingly, the Toastabags are very easy to clean. I just wash them along with the dishes, giving them a wipe inside and then leaving them to dry by hanging them on a wooden spoon. The cleaning is helped by the fact that somehow there doesn't seem to be much cheese leakage in the bottom of the bag; I'm not sure how, you would expect there to be, but it means there is no cheese to scrape off the bag.
Apparently the Toastabags can be used for other things, such as cooking fish fingers, but I've never tried them for anything other than toasties. I imagine they would work for things like that though.
Overall, I do like my Toastabags. They're a good alternative to a toastie maker, although I tend to alternate using the Toastabags and the toastie maker. Toastabags would be ideal for anyone who doesn't want to buy a toastie maker, or who doesn't have the storage space for one.
~ JML Toasta Bags ~
Now these are not something I purchased myself, my Nan who gets sucked into all new fandangled products bought these for herself, my mum, my aunt and of course me. After talking about how good these magic bags were that she had seen on the TV one night she went onto produce a packet and she just had to open up the box in order to show us just what they were and how the look, how they opened, what the felt like etc... So as always we go along with the performance which usually results in something being cooked! I do love my Nan's demonstrations, they rock!!!
She bought them for me as my eldest son absolutely loves toasted sandwiches, I do have a toasted sandwich maker but she thought these would just make life easier and maybe he could even come down in the night and make himself a nice sandwich ....
Of course I took the little present willingly and when I got home I did the same demonstration for my hubby, like the total lunatics we are, we must feel the need to show off our new things! Bloody family traits!
The pack comes with two bags inside, they are just bigger than a slice of bread and coloured in a tan sort of colour, at the top are two little handles. I have to be honest and say I have no idea as to what they are made from but it looks like a plasticky canvas if that makes any sense what so ever!
You can cook toasted sandwiches, fish fingers, burgers, chicken nuggets, oven chips etc in these bags however I have only got as adventurous as toasted sandwiches. My son is partial to a cheese toastie as he is very boring and doesn't like many foods, however I quite like cheese and tomato, cheese and ham, etc...
They are easy to use, you simply make up a sandwich and slot it into the little bag, you then pop this into the toaster and simply use your toaster as you normally would. I have found that on the first attempt the toasted sandwich may need to go back in for a few more moments but when the toaster has warmed up enough they cook really well.
When ready they simply pop up as toast would and you grab the handle bit and transfer it over to the worktop/plate. Then slide the sandwich out of the bag and it's ready to be served. The bags can then be washed in the sink or even in the dishwasher.
They do save cleaning up the toasted sandwich maker and make the job much easier and neater.
The toasties always taste great and I am very pleased with them. Each bag can be used up to 100 times or more if your really careful with them.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I picked some of these up a little while ago because they seemed to be advertised and talked about quite a bit. As a fan of the occasional cheese toastie, but not of cleaning the toastie maker, I thought these were a great idea. Unfortunately, in practice, they didn't really do much for me (which is a shame because so many reviews seem to rate them fairly well).
JML is a brand with innovative products and they're quite popular and well known. The Toasta Bags came out a little while ago and seemingly with quite a bit of advertisement, and then cheaper alternative makes started popping up. Simply put, these are a 'hassle free way to make toasted sandwiches in your toaster', so they're a basic but useful concept.
These come in a pack of two and they're basically just plasticy type bags roughly the size/shape of an average slice of bread. Each bag is re-useable for up to 100 times so you can use, wash and re-use to get your money's worth. Apparently, these aren't just for toasted sandwhiches of the boring cheese variety. Oh no, they transcend the food barriers to involve a whole range of things. Fish fingers, burgers, chips, pasties, pizza... you name it. Personally, I love a 'boring' cheese toasty so that's all I've used these for. I can't really imagine how you'd fit a burger and two slices of bread in to a toaster unless you've got a lot of width to play with. I'm also not overly sure on the 'cooking' aspect of meat, so I'd say to be careful with cooking meat first and ensuring it will fit adequately in the toaster first.
To use, prep your sandwhich. When I've used these, I sliced a bit of cheese and put it between two pieces of bread. Then pop the bread in to the bag and it should be a snug but decent enough fit. Then, pop in to the toaster as you normally would. What I found tricky at first was getting the browning settings right and deciding how long to keep it in for, so it took a bit of guess work and constant checking of the sandwich. What I've found is that the bread can often do up on the outside without the cheese actually melting in the middle, so I tend to keep it on a low to medium browning setting. It can be a bit difficult to keep your nom noms inside the bread because even when I put only cheese in the first time, it still seeped out and stuck to the Toasta bag. Because of the difficulty keeping it in, partly because it goes in upright rather than horizontally like in a toastie maker, the cheese often doesn't spread through the sandwich, meaning half of it will have cheese and the other will just be bread, which was disappointing.
It takes a bit of trial and error getting used to how best to 'make' the toastie, and it will vary depending on what you put in it. I've not tried other bits and pieces like meat or pizza so I can't comment on those things. It's not really something I'm interested in doing either as I haven't been too impressed by doing a plain ol' cheese toastie.
Cleaning these is made easier by the fact they're dishwasher safe, but because they're essentially a sandwich sleeve / pocket, it's still a little tricky to clean by hand and ensure they're fully clean in the bottom corners if you've had a lot of spillage inside them. As they're simply plastic bags they're easy to store and I like that they seem far less hassle than a toastie maker in terms of size, time to use, cleaning etc. Having said that, I've found a toastie maker to produce far tastier, easier and cleaner sandwiches so I'd still rather go for that extra bit of 'hassle' than use a Toasta bag.
Unfortunately, I just haven't got on with these. They seem to be more work than I'd expected mostly because it's not as easy to toast the bread well at the same time as ensuring the contents are well cooked/melted (ie cheese), and even if you manage that, it's likely the contents will have difficulty staying within the bread. You do get 2 bags per pack but I still think these are pricey, especially when you can get similar in a pound shop by a cheaper brand. If you find them on offer perhaps, or don't have a toastie maker, then give them a try for yourself and perhaps you'll find them more effective than I did, but I personally can't rate them too highly.
Selling on Amazon (pack of 2) for £4.74