Great item, not enormous but rather simply the right size for a sandwich toast. Toasts well and rapidly, simple to clean, and super-charming - It even has udders on the base! A few photographs demonstrate a dark plastic hook, mine has a bovine head lock which is super wonderful. I purchased it as a present for my wife and we both affection it a ton. It's additionally of good form quality, from our experience as such, contrasted with different toasters we possessed.
Brand Breville The manufacturer of this Breville TR13S Daisy Single Slice Sandwich Toaster Toaster
Bun / Croissant Rack No A wire rack held just above the taster in the hot air from the heating elements to warm savoury to large to fit in the slots
Cancel Button No A button that can stop the toasting action immediately if you should choose
Defrost Setting No A lower power setting for the heating elements to de frost toast or selected other foods
Electronic Control No Gives you that extra slice of toasting control as the browning of your bread is electronically monitored
Hi-Rise Lift No Allows for the toaster cradle that holds the bread to be lifted up a fraction after it has pooped up to aid the removal of particularly small pieces of toast
Model TR13S Daisy Single Slice Sandwich Toaster The unique model name and number of the Toaster
Other Features Daisy "Moos" when chin is pressed, Genuine Breville 'cut and seal' plates, Non-stick coated plates, Power on indicator light Other interesting features of the TR13S Daisy Single Slice Sandwich Toaster
Reheat Setting No A gentle warming that a toaster can administer to bread that has already been toasted to save on having to get another slice out
Type Sandwich Toaster The general category of toaster
Variable Width No Different widths of toast can be accommodated as the toasting slot moves in and out to fit it in
When I was totally overwhelmed with the stresses of meeting deadlines at university, I just did not have the time to mess around making a full lunch nor did I feel like it. This Breville toaster saved me so much time with it being pretty quick, extremely easy to use and providing me with a hot, really tasty lunchtime snack! Anyone else with a busy schedule, I'm sure that you will find this product useful.
I think the cool, funky design of the toaster is great and it suits me personally although some people would think that the design is tacky and gimmicky (my flatmates do). Anyway it would easily be distinguishable from my university flat mates toasters! Furthermore, the toaster is a brilliant small and tidy size which makes it ideal for storage purposes.
Really easy to use, you just plug it, switch it on and a red light appears. When this red light has gone off and a green light appears, you know that the toaster is now ready for use. Do bare in mind that the grills inside are extremely hot so don't touch! While the toasty maker is heating up you can be preparing your sandwich. I usually go for ham and cheese. When making the sandwich remember to butter the outside of the bread as oppose to the inside in order to ensure that the bread doesn't stick to the grills. Also this creates a really crispy, delicious outer coating on the sandwich. It usually takes around 5 minutes to toast the sandwich depending on how well you would like it to be toasted. Once toasted, leave to cool and enjoy your toasted sandwich.
The only problem I have with this product is when it comes to cleaning it (as with any product hehe). On a serious note, the toasty maker can be dangerous to clean because rather that chucking it into a sink full of soapy water, you have to hold it out of the water making sure the plug is far away from the water. Also it can be difficult to clean the bits of food out of the grooves.
Taking everything into account, I still rate this product highly and strongly recommend it. I don't know how I would have manged without it at Uni!
This Breville toastie maker is very attractive to look at. It has a 'Daisy the cow' design, which basically means that it is black and white and has a 'cow pattern'. I think that this design is really unique and tends to look good in most kitchens. I think that this design is good for kids as they love it and makes 'cooking' (if you call making a toastie cooking?) more fun. They especially love the 'moo' sound Daisy makes when you press her head.
The toastie maker is very easy to use. Simply plug it in. As soon as you plug it in, a red light will show on the maker to show that it is on - this also lets you know that the toastie isn't yet ready to use as it is 'warming up'. After a couple of minutes, a green light will appear which lets you know that the maker is now ready to make your toastie.
Obviously whilst you are waiting for the toastie maker to heat up, you can use the time to get to work making your sandwich. I am vegetarian and a huge cheese fan, so I always have a cheese toastie. Simply make your sandwich as you would make a normal sandwich, then once the green light has appeared on the maker (indicating that it is now ready), simply place your sandwich (whole - you don't have to cut it) on the panels in the maker. Be careful not to touch the pallets as they will be very hot (the plastic handles don't heat up, so you are safe to touch them. Then close the lid and wait for the green light to appear again, indicating that your toastie is now ready.
The maker makes delicious toasties; the outside is a lovely golden and just perfectly crunchy. The inside filling (cheese in my case) - it beautifully melted. The maker melts the cheese perfectly and so it is all smooth with no lumps (I.e non melted cheese). The fillings are very hot so be careful. The maker 'seals' the toasties which is great as it means that the fillings are kept warm inside the toastie, and also means that the fillings don't spill out. The toasties are always beautiful and I find them to be very filling whilst at the same time they are quite moreish.
One good thing about this toastie maker is that it doesn't make that much mess. Obviously as the maker is electric, you can't wash it up; although you don't really need to. More often than not, the sandwich fillings may spill out just a little bit, however a damp cloth is all that is required to clean the maker. It's best to do it when the maker is cold.
We have had this toastie maker around eight years now, and whilst it is not something that we use everyday, it has had a lot of use over the years, and so I would say that it is a good quality toaster which is still going strong after all these years.
I would recommend this toastie maker.
Thanks for reading!
Down at my yard there is nothing nicer during the winter to get out of the cold and into the warm. Doing quite physical work always leads you to being hungry. A few years ago I decided to buy a sandwich toaster for the yard as they can provide cheap but hot meals that are done within minutes. The vast choice of sandwich toaster was almost a little overwhelming as all I wanted was something cheap but gave toasted sandwiches, I didn't want or need something which was all singing all dancing.
The choice was simple really at under £15 (I think, it was a few years ago now!) I opted for the Breville TR13S Daisy Single Slice Sandwich Toaster or according to my daughter the cow toaster! Daisy the cow was the new addition to my yard kitchen, I didn't buy it for looks although I have to admit it is rather cute but more for the price and that I've had quite a few Breville appliances past and present and they always seem to be pretty good, especially for the money you pay regardless of the amount.
Daisy is as the picture, a black and white plastic sandwich toaster complete with a little cow's head at the front of the handles. Admittedly Daisy isn't by any means the poshest looking appliance and what comes with a cheap price tag is effectively a cheap looking sandwich toaster (poor Daisy!). However, it is cheap and cute and manages to look the part until it's put away in a cupboard once it is finished with. It sits easily on the worktop with it's little four feet. If you press her head down she does also 'moo' - quite novel!
To use, you simply lift the top up by opening the top of the handles and placing your chosen sandwich on the non-stick coated plates. Of course, you will need to plug in the sandwich toaster and allow it to heat up to an adequate temperature - there is an indictator light which will tell you when it is hot enough to toast your sandwich. The non-stick coated plates are triangular in size on both sides of the toaster maker and have a clean line down the middle which presses into the sandwich once the top has been closed down in order to toast the sandwiches. The plates which Breville use are also known as cut and seal as everything contained within your chosen sandwich will hopefully stay within the bread once toasting.
It only takes a matter of minutes to create a toasted sandwich and you are left with a lovely, crisp and golden outer shell with a very hot filling. Any mess that has been caused by an of the ingredients I find are quickly removed once the plates have cooled down as they are non-stick, so a quick wipe over with a warm damp cloth I find tends to get rid of any left of food, crumbs etc. The plastic is also incredibly easy to wipe down as you would expect from smooth plastic. I've never had a problem with the bread sticking to the plates even after several years of use, as long as I ensured it was cleaned after each use I never had a problem. Obviously the toaster maker is not made to be submerged in water so a damp cloth is all that it needs, and do not use a scourer on the plates.
Now don't get me wrong, Daisy produces a great toasted sandwich but she is basic so if that is all you are after then if you can manage to get your hands on one (she seems very hard to get hold of and I think Amazon may be your best bet subject to stock) then she is definitely worth every penny. However, if you are wanting something modern, chrome, with buttons, bells and whistles then Daisy won't be the one for you. I definitely recommend Daisy as she has served me plenty of hot toasted sandwiches without any fuss or problems.
I was itching to buy myself a toasted sandwhich maker when I was leaving home to go to uni. I am a cheese addict, so any form of toasted cheese is my idea of heaven. My Gran however said she had a "little" toasty maker that she didn't use, which I was welcome to have. I was chuffed as it would save me some pennies, and it would also be nice to have something of my Gran's while I was away from home- I thought it might make me feel less homesick!
Now when she said "little", this wasn't really truly: it was roughly the size of a briefcase, and looked pre-historic. Given that I only had a tiny cupboard in our shared kitchen, this was far from ideal as it filled up my entire allocated space. I was frightened to use it in case it blew up and caused a fire, but after Gran kept phoning to see how I'd got on with it I took the plunge and gingerly gave it a whirl. Within about 10 minutes, smoke was pouring out of it and the fire alarms had gone off. Everyone in the block (roughly 50 people) had to be evacuated. I am cringing with embarrassment just typing it!
Needless to say after that adventure my Mum gave me permission to get rid of the prehistoric briefcase, and very kindly bought me this Daisy the sandwich toaster. I was utterly thrilled because it didn't take up much space in my cupboard (I could actually fit some food in their now!), and also because it looked less likely to set the fire alarms off again.
Daisy is such a novel idea- as you can see from the photo, the toaster is in the shape and colour of a cow. Her head is a big clip that pulls the toaster shut, and if you touch under her chin in the process then she will make loud mooing noises, which made me giggle every time I accidentally pressed it (I'm easily amused I know!).
Daisy was bought for me in autumn 2001, meaning it has now almost nine years old. I have used it at least once a week since then, which is over 468 toasties! I don't think any of our electrical applicances have lasted as long as this, so I am really impressed with its durability. My mother paid in the region of £20 for Daisy, and as it is still working just as effectively as it was on day one, I think this is fantastic value for money.
There is a light on Daisy's back that glows red once you have plugged her into the mains. This light then turns off to indicate when Daisy has reached full temperature, which is when you pop your sandwich inside and close the lid. It only takes a couple of minutes to reach full temperature. I usually turn it on, and then make my sandwich. By the time I'm done, she is usually ready to go. How long you leave it in for depends on your own personal preference as to how well you like your toasties toasted. I like mine well done so the edges are really crispy and the bread tastes like toast. This takes around 6 minutes in Daisy. My sister however prefers a toasty that resembles warm bread, so she takes her toasty out after about 3 minutes. In any case it is a really fast process, and is perfect for a lovely warm lunch or snack when you don't have time to be whizzing up a masterpiece in the kitchen.
Daisy does get extremely hot, so you need to be careful when you're removing your toasty. The plates are non-stick, and I have found the non-stick coating is still pretty effective- I don't often have any trouble removing my toasty. Inevitably there will be some oozing cheese or spilt filling though- making toasties is never going to be a mess-free business.
The plates are a generous size and I have found that most ready-sliced bread will easily fit inside. If however you are making a big chunky doorstep sandwich you will have trouble closing the lid though!
As much as I adore Daisy, and wouldn't be without her, there are a couple of flaws that could do with being improved on if Breville make a revamped version.
Firstly I find the head part quite tricky to clip shut, particularly if you've just put a thick sliced sandwhich in there. The head has actually fallen off a couple of times when I'm trying to do this, which is quite an alarming sight! The gap between the grips is quite small, and I think if it was larger then it would be easier to lever it shut.
Following on from this, on one occasion when her head was rolling around on the floor, her voice box fell out. In my haste to reattach her head I didn't notice this. As I make a concious effort not to activate the mooing noise (my boyfriend is not impressed with it and sadly doesn't find it funny like I do), I didn't notice this for a little while. The voicebox somehow ended up in the washing up pile, and then got washed. Sadly Daisy didn't sound too good after this ordeal, so I had to throw the mooer away. If the design of the head could be improved to make it easier to clip it shut, then other people would be less likely to lose the mooer!
Thirdly there is no on/off switch- you just plug it into the mains, and it automatically turns on and off as you switch the mains plug. I am a little paranoid of forgetting to turn it off at the mains after I've made my toasty, and have to pull the plug out of the wall to stop myself going to check it is definitely off. An on/off switch on Daisy herself would be really useful and may reduce the number of people who forget to turn it off at the mains.
She can fit only one sandwhich at a time, which was perfect for me at uni as a single toasty would always fill me up. If you have a larger appetite, or are cooking for more than one person, this might be a drawback as you would have to cook them one at a time, preventing a group of people from eating together at the same time. Now that I'm living with my partner, it is a bit of a hassle to have to cook our sandwiches separately when we would prefer to be able to eat them together.
Lastly I have found the easiest way to clean this product is unfortunately while it is still hot. The toasting plates cannot be removed, and obviously you can't dunk the whole Daisy in the washing up bowl as she plugs into the mains. I usually try to scrape off any melted cheese with my knife, and then give it a quick wipe with a cloth- be careful not to burn yourself though, as she does get very hot.
In summary, I have been really impressed with Daisy. She has been remarkably durable and has stood the test of time really well. As I have mentioned, she has her flaws but at the end of the day she can turn out a pretty good toasty after 9 nine years of constant use, so I think anything less than 4 stars would be mean. A really fabulous toasty maker.
I have owned my trusty 'Daisy' for six years now. Originally purchased to fit in with a country themed kitchen I was planning; while the kitchen never quite ended up as I wanted it, Daisy has proved to be a wise buy. I'm not the biggest fan of toasted cheese sandwiches, but the sandwich maker has been used literally hundreds of times by myself and guests. The fact that it is a small model was a swaying point as much as the sweet cow design, I didn't particularly want a toasted sandwich maker of any variety at the time and the only compromise I was willing to make was to buy a small one which would make just one sandwich at a time.
My granddaughter chose it, she was around five at the time and like a limp biscuit I bought it on her say so - although, frankly, this is not what I had in mind when I thought 'country kitchen'. I have grown to adore Daisy though, even though she is looking less than pristine nowadays and I fear is due to be replaced for cosmetic reasons. While I find this sandwich maker to be relatively easy to clean, the white portion at the back of the sandwich maker has yellowed over time which does spoil the overall appearance due to making the appliance look grubby. This has happened over time however, I suspect I owned Daisy for at least four years before noticing the yellowing and it is only very recently that it has got to a point of getting on my nerves!
This sandwich maker is incredibly easy to use; simply plug it in and wait for the light to go out to indicate that the unit is hot enough to add your sandwich. This doesn't take long, just enough time to prepare your sandwich in my experience! You don't need to add any oil to the sandwich plates, although you must remember to butter the outside of your sandwich as this works to stop the bread sticking to the hot plate - and butter right into the corners and crusts too otherwise they will stick, this can cause your sandwich to break up when lifting it out of the sandwich maker and also means the edges of your sandwich can't be sealed so more filling will leak out during cooking to make a mess!
The filling, of course, is up to you. The key is not to go overboard with either cheese or anything in sauce; it's surprising how little cheese you need to make a toasted cheese sandwich, and adding too much simply makes the sandwich maker harder to clean! The same goes for baked beans, Bolognese mince and scrambled eggs. I like to use some cooked bacon mixed in with grated cheese, that's not terribly good for my diet but it tastes delicious. My son-in-law often misses his Sunday lunch due to work commitments and several times he has popped in late at my house and used Daisy to create a 'Sunday Roast' toastie to tide him over until he can get a decent meal inside him. The possibilities are endless and if inspiration is short there are a whole host of websites featuring toasted sandwich recipes and ideas.
This sandwich maker takes roughly five minutes to 'cook' a sandwich, this timing will generally give you a golden brown bread and hot filling - unless you're having plain cheese, then it will always be scorchingly hot so beware if cooking for children. I find it toasts the bread evenly and another point to mention is that the plates are a perfect fit with standard sliced bread, the corners of the bread do not hang out as happened with another toasted sandwich maker I owned. This means the whole of your sandwich will be nicely toasted, as opposed to having a delicious sandwich with soft 'raw' corners and burned edges! I suspect this is half of the reason why Daisy is so easy to clean as the filling is coaxed into the centre of the sandwich due to the more deeply curved sandwich plates, it takes very determined cheese to leak upwards and out of the sandwich.
Do try to clean the plates as quickly as possible after use, definitely while still warm if you want to avoid a lot of elbow grease and annoyance. I have never had problems and a quick wipe over with kitchen roll or a damp cloth will easily remove all mess, there is an annoying tiny gap between the edge of the plate and where the plastic coating begins and that can get dirty due to the grease and crumbs. For this a cocktail stick and a lot of patience is required, but in my experience you can keep this sandwich maker in tip top condition for very little effort. Always use a plastic or silicone spatula to remove your sandwich, anything metal can damage the non-stick coating of the sandwich plates.
I remember paying around £18 for Daisy in 2004, but this is an old (albeit still attractive) design so would be significantly cheaper now. I think it's perfect and cannot come up with a single criticism, the fact that it only toasts a single sandwich at a time will obviously be a big disadvantage to many people - but by the same coin it's also helpful to many people. As with all small kitchen gadgets, you buy the unit which is most suited to the size of your family - if you're looking for a excellent single serving toasted sandwich maker then this is an wonderful buy, if you have six children who all like toasted sandwiches then it won't be for you.
For me, however, Daisy has been a faithful servant. She is always there when someone fancies a toasted sandwich, and when not in use is one of the more decorative items in my kitchen. My one misgiving is that Breville have made a hot appliance look attractive to young children, obviously with supervision this shouldn't be a problem but this sandwich maker gets extremely hot and young children can be very quick - especially when confronted by such a happy looking cow. This issue has always been in the back of my mind when using this sandwich maker, but was brought to the fore when my youngest granddaughter took a swipe for the cow as I lifted the lid with her in my arms - I am now far more aware of how appealing this gadget is to toddlers.
Aside from that one aspect, as a sandwich maker I think Daisy performs extremely well. It has coped with a host of different fillings and is used at least four times each week, personally I think six years practically solid use out of what is essentially a novelty gadget is fantastic - and the way the sandwich maker is holding up it will probably work for another six years, if only I could find a way to whiten the casing again!
The Breville TR13S is a single toasted sandwich maker complete with (Daisy the) cow print and a moooo to keep the children entertained. Bread and filling are placed between two Teflon-coated plates once the red light indicates it's hot enough and around four minutes later it goes off. Voila! And all for only twenty (ish) of your English pounds....
WHAT'S DAISY'S PROBLEM:
Well, she's designed to appeal to children, yet has a number of design faults that make her distinctly unsuitable for a younger audience. The outer casing can get very hot when the toastie is in production - hot enough to burn a small child quite badly. Moreover the lack of an on/off switch (power is controlled entirely by plugging in or otherwise) doesn't feel the safest.....
She's also pretty difficult to keep clean. Whilst apparently non-stick molten cheese sticks to her like nobody's business.....
While the fact that daisy only produces one sandwich at a time is a bit irritating if you're doing mass-catering, she is a very convenient storage size. She also produces the triangular 'pod' like toasties of my childhood, rather than the more common flat versions you see these days. Great nostalgic value.
We've had this little 'cow' for a number of years now as a family we must have enjoyed hundreds of perfectly cooked lovely toasties which have never been a disappointment.
It cost around £15 and I think it was a good investment although it has now been delegated to the kitchen cupboard as we have just bought a panini maker.
I like the funky cow design because it's so unusual and has been a talking point when visitors call but probably it works just the same as all the smaller toastie makers on the market.
The 'head' of the cow acts as a type of handle for opening & sealing the top to the base. Inside there are 2 teflon, non-stick hot plates which are triangular in shape and once heated cook and seal 2 rounds of bread plus your filling into a tasty and comforting toastie.
I'd advise priming the plates first with oil/ butter (as you would with a wok) which makes cleaning easier then it's ready to go!
There's an orange light which tells you the toaster is plugged in and it goes off when it's hot enough to add your sandwich (about 5 minutes later) and we've found it only takes about 3-4 minutes for the cooked toastie to be well & truly cooked.
I guess we haven't been that adventurous recipe-wise because we all enjoy our cheese/ cheese & onion/ cheese & ham so much but there are many other ingredients you can use including sweet ones - my friend makes a great bread & butter pudding-type buttie in hers!
Although I'm pleased with our cow there are a few downsides I'm afraid -
- you can only do 1 sandwich at a time which means hungry people will have to wait their turn.
- this appliance isn't the easiest to clean if you overstuff the filling & it ends up spilling out. The plates can't be removed for washing so I've found it's best tackling the cleaning with a strong kitchen roll when it's cooled down a few minutes.
- It can only manage thin to medium sliced bread which is a pain if you bake your own.
- Although it looks cute it really need to be kept away from small hands because the outside can feel really hot on the outside.
- I'm not sure that the 'head' or handle would be easy to deal with for those with manual dexterity issues.
However, don't let me put you off because -
- it really does make delicious toasties in minutes.
- as long as you don't overfill the sandwich the cleaning is just straightforward.
- it's very versatile.
- it doesn't take up much space and is fun to use.
- you don't really need to use extra fat/ oil as the plates are non-stick.
- the toasties are well-sealed and easy to remove.
On balance therefore I'm going to award 4 stars for this sandwich maker.
If anything is going to break my diet, it's a delicious toasted cheese sandwich. This is why, only a week into my annual January detox, I've just succumbed to a cheese toastie and my New Year's resolution is already in tatters! There's something about cheese toasties which makes them the ultimate in comfort and convenience food - they are quick to make and they taste delicious. They are also a quick hot food, which is perfect in the miserable winter months. My partner and I usually both have a cheese toastie (or two) on Saturdays for our 'T-unch' (tea and lunch- eaten around half past three). And for the past ten years, we've got our Breville Daisy cow out of the cupboard to feed our toastie addiction.
The Breville Daisy is a toastie maker which is designed to look like a cow. It is white with black spots and the fastener between the two hot plates is the cow's head. I really have no idea why it is a cow - possibly to appeal to cow-lovers? Anyway, it is a cute, quirky design that is completely unnecessary!
The Daisy consists of two Teflon-coated plates which heat up. You pop your sandwich between the two, close the fastener and in about 3-4 minutes, voila, your cheese toastie is ready to be munched! It really is very simple to use, even if you find it difficult to boil an egg!
There is a light on top of Daisy which shows you when she - let's give this inanimate object a gender shall we? - when she's hot enough for your sarnie. The light glows orange when she's plugged in and heating up and goes off when she's ready to rock. She takes a few minutes to heat up, so I plug her in, prepare my sandwich and by that time she's normally hot enough.
As I said above, dear old Daisy has been providing me and my partner with toasties for ten years now - yes TEN YEARS! I know this as it's our ten year anniversary this month and Daisy arrived in my life just before he did (she was a Christmas pressie from my Mum when I was a young and girlie 20 year old)! That is a fantastic longevity for a household appliance in my opinion. In the past 10 years I've gone through 6 mobile phones, 2 portable CD players, 3 i-Pods, 6 tvs, 3 dvd players, 3 video players, 4 kettles, 2 toasters, 3 microwaves, 3 radio alarms, 2 transistor radios, 4 cars and 3 washing machines. Most products are not built to last longer than their 1 year guarantee, but Daisy has kept on going, churning out literally thousands of cheese toasties week after week.
Actually, let's estimate how many toasties Daisy has produced. On average I would say we make 4 toasties in the house a week. So 4 x 52 x 10 equals? Any ideas? Well it looks like she's made 2080 cheese toasties. That is fantastic! Assuming you can pick Daisy up for around £20 (and she is a cheap kinda gal), that's less than 1p per sarnie. What a bargain!
Well I love Daisy, but there are a few little improvements that could be incorporated if I were ever to search for a Daisy #2...Shhh I don't want her to hear!
The first is that she is a bit of a mucky heifer and can be quite difficult to clean if the cheese oozes through the bread. The hot plates do not come off so cannot be scrubbed in the sink (you can't dunk Daisy in the sink as she is electronic). This means that unless you remove any spilt cheese instantly when it's still hot (which is the quickest way of cleaning), you need to scrub the hot plates without splashing the electronics which can be fiddly.
The second complaint is that she doesn't have an on/off switch. You need to plug and unplug her into the wall. This would be an easy feature to incorporate and would mean you're less likely to leave Daisy turned on by accident.
Thirdly, the plastic surround which protects the hot plates can get very hot itself. Sometimes, if you have a particularly big sarnie you need to push down on Daisy to get her head to close. I have had to use an oven glove to do this at times to stop my hands getting burnt. This also means that Daisy isn't suitable for children to use unsupervised as they may get burnt.
Finally, Daisy is only a small girl. She only accommodates 1 sandwich at a time - this is quite annoying if you're really hungry and want more than one, or are feeding lots of people. However, I have a small kitchen, so a small Daisy fits in well and can be easily stored. Many newer types of sandwich toaster and electric work-top grills are enormous and would take up half the space in my kitchen! She also only accommodates thin-medium slices of bread and you can't have really deep fillings.
Daisy has a few little faults. But hey, no one's perfect! She's been providing great cheese toasties for over a decade now without breaking down - I can't say that about any other electronic appliance I've owned. And she feeds me!
My top tip for a perfect cheese toastie: don't use butter, oil or cooking spray - it's not needed, Daisy has non-stick plates so as long as you cook the toastie for the right length of time she won't stick. This also saves on washing. The best filling is cheddar cheese, mushroom slices and ham - all in the same sarnie. Add some stilton if you're feeling adventurous. Yum!
I don't usually review appliances like this but sure nothing wrong with trying something new. We picked our Daisy up in B&M for a great price of £11.99 (I thought this was a mistake) and is still working a year later.
Daisy takes about 5 minutes to heat up then you butter your bread on one side and make sure these sides are touching the plates. My favourite ingredients are cheese and ham but there are lots of other things you could put in it. Cooking time usually takes about 5 minutes and is very handy for a quick snack. You can cook 2 toasties at a time.
Cleaning can be a bit of a nightmare, hard bits of bread get stuck to the plates and to the rear of the unit but a gentle scrub and a quick wipe of the cloth usually goes the trick. You could always put some bread in the toaster then put your choice of filling in afterwards but it just doesn't give you the same nice taste as Daisy.
Buying one isn't going to cost the earth so I would recommend one.
I bought this design for my daughter who loves cows of every kind. I thought she might take it to Uni when she goes but I can see we'll need to buy another as it's become so popular in our house.
I bought it in B&M, which is the new name for Au Naturale stores in our area. At the paltry sum of £11.99 I thought it had to be a mistake, or that it would blow up within a week, but to my surprise it's remarkably robust and produces delicious toasties every time.
You have to warm up the metal hotplates that are perfectly shaped to cut your sandwich diagonally in two when it's finished. When the green indicator light goes out, then off you go.
While the device is heating up you can be preparing the ingredients for your tasty snack. Our favourites at the moment are cheese and tuna, ham cheese and tomato, tuna and egg, cheese and pickle which is strangely satisfying when warm. Hadn't thought of it before to be honest.
Choosing the bread is important. Thick bread is unsuitable as the clip on the machine handle won't snap shut if the sandwich is too thick. I have found medium bread is best and my kids will actually eat wholemeal as you don't seem to be able to taste the difference when the sandwich is finished.
After buttering the bread (butter is best, margarine with high water content does not work as well) lay the bottom slice butter side down onto the hotplates. You can make two sandwiches at once which is OK but I could do with a machine that would make 5 or 6 at once.
Add your filling onto the nonbuttered side of the bread making sure not to put too much on, as overload is lethal. We're talking spillages and hard to remove cheese of nightmares.
Remember to add the top piece of bread butter side up. I once forgot and was cleaning the thing for some time. Carefully close the lid and you're away! Great tasting food at any time of day.
Cleaning the appliance is a bit fiddly as you have to first of all wait for it to cool down, then remove the hot plates carefully by clicking them out of their housing. These have to be washed, dried and replaced. Then the machine has to be reheated for a minute to evaporate any moisture. You wouldn't want rust in your sarnies. Having said all that I've just eaten a tuna melt with no cleaning since the last use and I think the flavour may have been enhanced slightly.
One word of caution. This appliance becomes extremely hot and if you're careless with the wiring or are short on space on your counter tops it could easily damage things around it. We had the wire touching the back of the hot plate and it began to burn it. So take care. Don't let young children use it unsupervised as they could get scalded from the steam that escapes from the gaps.
All told this is a fantastic little appliance and my kids haven't had to eat the dreaded beans and scrambled egg on toast since it's arrival, so well done Breville.
I have had my Daisy cow sandwich toaster for over 5 years now and it is still working and looking fantastic. The sandwich toaster makes delicious hot toasted sandwiches in minutes. The idea is very simple place a slice of bread in the bottom and the filling on top the final slice of bread. Pull down the top halve of the taster and press hard to squeeze your sandwich in then pop the cows head down over the catch to hold it closed. A red light tells you when the toaster is hot enough for your sandwich. I leave my sandwich in there for about 4 minutes until it is a lovely golden brown then take it out and eat it while still warm.
The cow sandwich toaster is black and white in colour the item is mainly white but there are black patches like those that you get on a cow! The cows head holds the sandwich toaster closed and is very cute. However, the head had come unclipped and fallen off a couple of times partly due to the bread being too thick and not being able to get it closed properly.
I bought our Daisy sandwich toaster from comet over 5 years ago I think it cost me £19.99. The cow sandwich toaster I have only takes one sandwich as a time but I have seen a 2-person sandwich toaster. Inside the toaster are black plates, which get very hot to cook your sandwich the plates are easy to clean when they are hot but when they cool down the food seems to stick to it. The toaster itself does get warm to touch when it is on and it operates by electric.
This sandwich toaster has made us hundreds of sandwiches over the year and is still going on strong it was very good value for money. I love experimenting with fillings and new ideas when using the sandwich toaster. The only possible negatives I can think of is that it only makes one sandwich at a time which isn't a problem for me, it doesn't close very well with thick bread and that if you leave it to cool before cleaning it can be very hard to clean and will get greasy!
Kitchen appliances don't usually make the most fascinating of subject matter. Sure, you can make some top food with them, but how much can you write about a wok? However, when it comes to a special appliance like the subject of this review, things get a bit more interesting. So? - What is it? For the uninitiated a sandwich toaster is just what it sounds like - it creates a sandwich of two slices of toasted bread with some filling in the middle. "What about just using a grill like a normal person?", I hear you ask. Well, that's all well and good, but what a sandwich toaster makes is a proper sealed sandwich. Plus you can fill it with things that would just prove unfeasible with a grill. You want to try and make a backed bean sandwich in a grill? I'll see you in A&E? - How does it work? Well, a sandwich toaster is a hinged two-face device (imagine a book on legs) with a moulded non-stick hot plate on each face. When the power is on, the plates heat up and cook the bread and the filling (so DON'T touch them!) until it's ready to eat. In order to keep the two plates pressed firmly together, there is a latch between the edges of the two plates. With the bread inside, the slices of bread will be divided by the plates into two easy-to-handle triangular sandwiches. Whether this is strictly necessary, or whether it's the simple fact that it makes them look so much tastier, remains to be seen. - Preparing for first usage As with most non-stick appliances, it is recommended that you prime the coating before you use it for the first time. With woks and frying pans, you usually cook a small amount of oil in the pan. With the sandwich toaster, you just apply margarine to the plates using a piece of kitchen roll, much like greasing a baking tray. Then just close the lid and turn the sandwich toaster on for 5 or 10 minutes. Don't worry about the steam and the baking smell - that's meant to happen! (hon
est! :) ) - Using the toaster So, you've returned from the pub, and you have serious munchies. Solution? Why not cook up a quick cheese toastie? It's quick and tasty, and most of all doesn't require huge amounts of manual dexterity, which is handy for a typical Friday night/Saturday morning! First thing to do is to plug in the toaster and leave it to heat for 10 minutes - you want the plates to be hot when you add you sandwich. Now while you're waiting, get two slices of bread (or four if you're using the toaster to full capacity), and butter one side completely. Make sure you get a good amount of margarine on all parts of the bread, or you'll have a messy situation in 15 minutes time! Now, prepare your filling. If you're just going to use cheese slice it up, grate it, whatever you feel like, although try not to use TOO much or you'll just end up splitting the sandwich. There is a light indicator on the lid of the sandwich maker to indicate when it had heated up enough, so when goes out, open the lid, and press the BUTTERED sides of the bread into the moulded plates. You'll hear the margarine sizzle enticingly, but be careful not to burn your fingers. Once you've done that, add the filling to the slice on the base, and try not to put it too near the edges or it'll ooze out. Now close the lid firmly, and secure the latch. Take in the wonderful smells! It should take about 5 minutes for the sandwich to toast, but it sometimes helps to check, so lift up the lid occasionally after the 5 minute mark, and when the bread has turned a lovely golden brown, your treat is ready! Remember to extract with a wooden or plastic cooking implement (spatula preferably), as metal will scratch your non-stick coating and screw up your poor toaster :( Oh and another tip - place your toaster on some removable material (some kitchen roll will do the trick), to catch any spillages should you overfill your sandwich? - Eating the delight Open mouth, move sandwich towards? No, but seriously, because of the nature of this device, the filling which is sealed off from the open air will be VERY hot when removed from the toaster. I've found the best way to avoid second-degree burns to you tongue is to bite the very corner of the sandwich, where the toast is hardest, as you can open up the sandwich that way without pain or massacring your precious sandwich with a large knife. Cheese gets very hot, but the mother of all burning materials appears to be tomato, slices of which heat to approximately the same temperature as the interior of a star when toasted in this way. So be careful children! - Cleaning is the devil's work Unless you're a complete sadist, open up the toaster and let it cool a little before you clean it. One of the unfortunate things with sandwich toasters is that there are complete buggers to clean. Your aim is to remove all the bits of crap from all the nooks and crannies of the appliance, but at the same time manage to clean the plates without extracting the non-stick coating with it. My advice would be to try to clean any residue left on the plates with a wet thick piece of kitchen roll shortly after use before it has time to entrench itself. But don't let the sandwich go cold. God no! - Gone to the great kitchen in the sky The other unfortunate thing with sandwich toasters is they tend to be about as durable grass in a hailstorm. They typically last about a year, give a take a few months, if used properly and often, but there inevitably comes that one fateful day when your sandwiches no longer stay in one piece when you open the toaster and tend to favour the 'still attached to the plates approach'. Yes, your non-stick coating has become decidedly 'stick'. Sorry, time to buy a new one. Trust me, I have much experience of this with a variety of brands, and I look after my kitchen appliances. Those th
at stick knives into the heart of their poor toasters can expect a much shorter life. - Excuse me Mr Griffiths, can I have some more please? So what should you toast in your beautiful new cookery device, while it still works? Well the beauty of the sandwich toaster is that you can put practically anything that fits into that mould and make a lovely sandwich (within reason). I even heard of someone making a toasted egg sandwich in one the once, but I would imagine you'd want to be careful how much you cooked it. So here's a few ideas anyway: CHEESE - obvious really, but some people don't think of it. CHEESE + SOMETHING - tomato is my favourite, but onion works, as does ham. If you're feeling really adventurous, you could cook some bacon beforehand and stick that in! BAKED BEANS - unusual I know, but it really works! Just make sure you press the bread into the mould well, and spoon some into the dent! How did I find this out? I'm a student, what can I say? JAM - very tasty, nice sweet sandwich. YOUR CHOICE - experiment, you can always lob it in the bin if it doesn't work, but most things do! - So do I need one? No, of course you don't, but you'll be missing out on all the fun if you do. I'll admit I'm currently without one since my last one died, but I'm still yearning for a new one. They may not be durable, and may be a bugger to clean, but that taste! Mmmm!
I asked for this for my birthday: I have a thing about cows/sheep (I am FEMALE) and my daughter is called Daisy and I like toasted sandwiches (so does she) and I thought - well, why not? Its great! Its easy to clean, the catch (cow head) works really well, its toasts brilliantly and the instructions are great. I haven't tried the pies yet but will be doing so soon. I burnt a load of cheese onto it - it cleaned off brilliantly. It still looks brand new after loads of sandwiches passing through....
I am a sandwich toaster, And Daisy is my name, I sit in Kazzs’ kitchen, And making toasties is my aim She purchased me from Asda, On the shelf she could not leave, I didn’t cost her very much, About £12 I do believe? In case you haven’t figured, I’m shaped just like a cow, I’m black and white, and happy to say, I don’t have Foot and Mouth! I’m told I’m very useful, See I have been used a lot, But the silly sods always forget, That I do get VERY hot! Now Kazzs’lot like thick bread, Which puts me to the test, See it’s hard to put my lid down, So thin bread is the best. I don’t mind what you feed me, And cheese does seem to be the best, But I do implore, please clean me up, Cos it don’t half leave a mess! You don’t have to stick to cheese, Any other filling will do, Ham or beans, or even fruit, Just fill me up and go! I don’t get used so much these days, Since the eldest two have gone. And little 'un lives on crisps and fruit, So he don’t turn me on:0( But I sit proud in this wacky house, With big, brown pleading eyes. So when Kazz says, “What shall we have for lunch?” I yell, “Switch me on you guys!” (well I don’t really, but it’s a nice thought!) Well Kazz wants to post this now, So I really oughta go But thanks to all who read this ode From Kazz, and me, Daisy, the toastie making cow!
Short name: Breville TR13S