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The Toaster Accessory That'll Revolutionize The Way You Cook

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toast in toaster - Image Source/Getty Images

If you're not already using toaster bags in the kitchen, prepare to have your mind blown. This toaster accessory will completely revolutionize the way you cook, making reheating your leftovers a mess-free breeze and opening up a world of toaster possibilities.

First things first: Toaster bags are flexible bags typically made from heat-resistant material, usually polytetrafluoroethylene-coated fiberglass, more commonly known as Teflon. This coating allows the bags to withstand high temperatures without melting or catching fire. These handy inventions are designed to be placed directly into the toaster, where they provide a protective barrier between your food and the toaster's heating elements. That means you can stop worrying about crumbs or food particles falling into the toaster and creating a mess or causing a fire hazard.

Toaster bags broaden a traditional toaster's horizons, previously confined to slices of bread and maybe a bagel or waffle. They are the perfect vessel for reheating that leftover pizza, crisping up those straggler French fries, or making the perfectly gooey grilled cheese. You can even prepare frozen foods like fish sticks or chicken tenders in a toaster bag. These accessories also help save time in the kitchen because you don't have to preheat the oven.

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Toaster Bags: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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grilled sandwich in toaster bag - Walmart

But the benefits don't end there. One of the best things about toaster bags is that they are reusable, with some shelf lives extending up to 100 uses. Depending on the brand, you can either wash the bags with warm water and dish soap or pop them in the dishwasher between uses. The portability factor is also another notch in the plus column. You can use toaster bags to warm or crisp your snack of choice and easily take it on the go to enjoy without the hassle of cleaning up crumbs.

Toaster bags also provide peace of mind for people living with family members who have food allergies. The bag functions as a barrier that separates the food item from the appliance and effectively cuts down on any potential cross-contamination. By enveloping the food in a toaster bag during the toasting process, the risk of allergen transfer from one item to another is significantly reduced. This is especially important for those with severe allergies who must avoid even trace amounts of allergens.

Test Out DIY Toaster Bags

pieces of parchment paper
pieces of parchment paper - SNeG17/Shutterstock

If you're on the fence about whether you would use toaster bags, you can easily experiment before going all out on a purchase. That is, as long as you have some parchment paper handy. Simply create a pocket of parchment paper, complete with folded sealed edges, and slip in whatever it is you desire to toast, from pastries to paninis. Make sure to use oven mitts or tongs to remove the bag when cooked, or risk burning your fingers. Of course, you lose the reusability factor if you go this route, but it's great in a pinch or if you're just trying it out.

Whether you're using actual commercial toaster bags or the DIY version, the final benefit of this amazingly convenient accessory is versatility in that you can use them in both a traditional toaster or a toaster oven. The same pros apply; it's an easy and convenient way to toast treats with minimal effort and mess.

Read the original article on Daily Meal.