@mdszy As I’ve learned from working on a college campus and chatting with a lot of Res Life staff, all ya gotta do is toss a sheet over shit and they can’t check under it. At least, at my University.
Can’t have a fridge? Nah man, it’s a tall table with a cloth. Can’t have a toaster/hot plate/microwave? Oh, that’s an installation art piece I’m working on: Echos of Industry, you wouldn’t understand. Can’t rent out your room to a bunch of other students? Nah, those are just dead bodies… I mean… uh…
@mdszy you need to be one of the cool RAs! The ones who know you have shit and have their own shit but also know that you haven’t burnt the place down yet or caused trouble and that you’re a grown ass adult who can make their own choices.
@smigit2002 that barcode might reveal more than you want it to. Careful!
Anyhow, I’m aware of all of that stuff, I’m also aware that every person I know who is/was an RA at various colleges I’m aware of got away with pretty much whatever within reason. Things like the hot plate rule are mostly in place for deflection of liability in case anything does happen.
With that said I was mostly joking around and in no way was trying to pressure @mdszy to buck the rules, that’s a choice only they can make.
@mdszy I’m only busting your chops. Being an RA is basically a license to do whatever the heck you want though! Be cool and let people do whatever as long as they aren’t screwing up. If they are haters then confiscate stuff from residents and keep for your own use. Hot pots, alcohol, drugs, etc. YOLO lol
@conandlibrarian I have one, they’re seriously awesome for a quick breakfast. I can make better breakfast sandwiches on the weekend with a couple frying pans and such… but I can’t do one in five minutes like this can.
@skymeat I’m glad you like it, but I can’t see it being much quicker than a stove and skillet, especially if you include cleaning. It takes me maybe 5 minutes to make an egg and ham sandwich, and I have one pan to clean. A pan that can be used for many other things.
@Pufferfishy It’s definitely a bit of a trick flipping them in the little guys, though having it be egg-sized helps - you’ve got a bit of wall to guide you. But if it’s not well-seasoned or oiled like crazy, forget about getting a turner under that egg to help you out! I pretty much exclusively use my cast iron griddle these days (actually don’t think it’s come off of my range since I bought it), but I do love the little skillets for presentation (and I’ve taken them camping once or twice).
@brhfl I suggested the $6 pan for hiking or not worrying if you left it in the condo or just lost it. If the pan is Teflon, why would I need oil? A drop at most. And way more than the butter you’d need with the cast iron version. And with the Lodge, you lose the disposability and have to season it and maintain it.
Embrace the disposable economy, my brethren! The T-Fal recycles if that floats your boat. I recycle mine with relatives or guests that want one of their own or left for the next guest. Or it just “falls off the truck” somewhere along the way.
I’m not proposing a highbrow replacement artisinal culinary craftworks here. It’s Meh. It’s a viable 2-fer deal alternative to the bulky unitasker you can’t take camping either.
I have one of these… and love it. Some pointers (may already be in comments, too lazy to read)
Medium eggs work better than large.
Poke the yolk if you don’t want messy fingers.
Mini bagels are a great alternative to muffins. They will be smaller than the egg, but everything holds together well.
Hamburger buns work great with this, but if you use them put some fat on the top and bottom of the bun to keep it from burning.
And most of all…
If you use American cheese singles, add it AFTER you remove the sandwich from the machine. If you use a harder cheese (or shredded) this is not a problem, but American singles will over melt and make a mess.
@plastrd Agreed, I make scrambled eggs at home this way. I also make them at work this way for a gastric test we do. Patients are constantly surprised when I tell them we make their egg in the microwave. It’s quick, easy, and the eggs seem to fluff up well.
Someone at work has one of these and brings it in occasionally. The sandwiches are fine but it does seem to take a long time. When he’s making them for the entire department it’s an hour long process. I agree with @plastrd above - just use the microwave.
I also recall Kohls having the double version on sale for $20 at one point.
@cinoclavThen you have to leave the computer table, get dressed, and drive to BBB stand in line then actually in then interact with a humanoid then drive home then carry your sammachmaker from the car to the house. To save 3 bucks.
@cranky1950 And have a new, non-refurbished product. Not to mention, if you’re relying on these things for breakfast all the time, it would probably do you some good to get your ass up and out the door occasionally.
Those who say they hate unitaskers confuse me. Do you not own a chef’s knife? A paring knife? A boning knife (heh)? A bread knife? A butcher knife? A carving knife? A butter knife? Are they not all cute little individual unitaskers themselves? Don’t even get me started on unitasker pans. I love Alton Brown, but he’s on the wrong side of the bacon this time.
I have one of these sandwich makers. I use it occasionally. It makes a good sandwich and is fun to use.
@Kenbo you were way off base trying to use knives… especially since you started with a chef’s knife… unless you define “cuts various things” as being a single task. Any one of the knives you mentioned, while optimized for cutting different things, is capable of cutting most anything in the kitchen. This little device is not suitable for even cooking a hamburger which is simply another kind of sandwich, never mind anything that isn’t a sandwich. That is why it’s a unitasker, it is designed for one purpose and lacks the ability to do anything else.
It is also bulky and takes up a disproportionate amount of cabinet space compared to its utility. If it works for you, that’s great, and if you have a 5000 sq. foot kitchen and can afford the space to have a different gadget for every meal that’s great too. I hope you enjoy your sandwich maker along with your Whirley Pop, pizza scissors, banana slicer (left or right hand), and home Twinkie maker.
For the record, not all unitaskers are bad, some are just downright necessary like a corkscrew, can opener, or pizza wheel. When there’s a task that a non-unitasker cannot do even half as well, that’s when a unitasker makes sense. There isn’t a thing this sandwich maker does that can’t be done with a standard issue pot and pan and a stove, you don’t even technically need a toaster!
@jbartus I agree with you about unitaskers in general, and I’m not buying this ‘sammich maker’. However, few critics are including the ‘costs’ of clean-up. Clean-up time is equally valuable as cooking time. Bowl for scrambling, spatula, fry pan/skillet, etc - all need washing, perhaps hand washing.
Break room at my office has multiple microwaves, couple Keurigs, a toaster, & a unitasker like this (plus food/drink vending). No sink or running water. My observation: microwaves & toaster get pretty nasty-looking: not ‘dirt’ per se but lots of spilled/overflow food that doesn’t clean easily with (provided) Clorox wipes. Coffee & sandwich makers don’t get grungy cuz there’s not much to get dirty.
TL;DR If a unitasker significantly automates/simplifies clean-up, it may be worth having.
@jbartus I know I don’t own a toaster. Essentially no counter space, and the toaster-shaped chunk I do have is reserved for the unitasker I can’t emulate by throwing shit under the broiler - the ever-important espresso machine
Going to have to disagree with you on pizza wheels being even remotely necessary items, though. And any worthy corkscrew will pop bottlecaps as well. Well, I guess not an ah-so.
@compunaut office environment != home kitchen environment. Also I’ve never had a problem just scrambling my egg as it cooks, I suppose when I’m making a lot and whisk them in a measuring cup they’re probably fluffier due to aeration but it’s hardly a must-have.
In my experience these sorts of gadgets with all their bits and pieces are more trouble to clean than they seem at face value. Even the venerable Foreman Grill is a pain in the ass with the funky shaped scrapers and drip trays. At least with the Foreman I could cook and serve an entire meal off of it if I was pressed to.
@brhfl how do you cut your homemade pizza? Knives tend to make a mess of things.
@darkdragon No, $200 would be a lot more than $12. You get two side-by-side cookers, it’s the new version with the built-in timers and it’s new with free shipping. Not much of a price difference for all the upgrades and being new.
@SColburn the middle got plate does no look thick enough to have a heating element in it. Unless the egg is cooked from the top heating element and you don’t add the top muffin until the egg is done cooking…
@miko1 I did not explain it very well. The top and bottom shells are the only parts that directly produce heat. The middle ring sections, including the middle plate, conduct heat from the top & bottom (you have to pre-heat the whole thing, which takes about two minutes). So that middle part gets plenty hot enough to cook the egg. I don’t know about anyone else, but I include all elements of the sammich – including top & bottom bread/muffin – right from the beginning, which sufficiently heats the bread after five minutes. I would not call it “toasting”, but it beats the microwave version (i.e., frozen sammich).
I got one of these for Christmas a couple years ago. It’s the one “unitasker” that we still use regularly. It’s just small enough that we can take it with us on vacation. My 9-yr-old can even use it on his own. I’ll say you can make a better sandwich the skillet-toaster way, but this is great for a quick build. I haven’t tried the bagel thing mentioned above… but that is my one issue that the egg expands beyond the boundaries of a typical English muffin.
I own this product. I like it. I use it to make sandwiches for breakfast that I once purchased at McDonald’s. The ones I make for myself contain healthier ingredients that allow my ankles to retain their normal, dainty size and shape.
Spend a bit more and buy one of these instead. I have one (Same thing but Back To Basics branded) and it’s SO much better. This one actually toasts the bread properly, plus you can hard cook eggs, plus just use it for toast only etc. In other words, it’s far more versatile and does a better job. Yes it’s more expensive but you don’t need to buy multiple items either.
@Jonas4321 Eh, to me $25 is “a bit more”. I suppose others may feel differently. I didn’t consider that when I made my post. However, I still stand by my assertion that it’s more than worth it due to the dramatic difference in functions.
@darkdragon It damn sure ain’t tiny lol However, it’s really not that much bigger than a toaster. Plus, with the one Meh is selling today you’d still need a toaster so the two pieces combined take up far more room than this one beast.
@Jonas4321 Everything says it “warms” the muffin. Looking at the usage video, it’s less a toaster than a really hot plate. Plus it only heats on 1 side rather than a normal toaster which heats on 2 sides.
My wife buys the Jimmy Dean frozen flatbread sandwiches all the time - I am getting one of these to try out, as $12 is worth the experiment. If it wasn’t for VMP, I’d have to think about it more. Too bad it’ll not be a present under the tree…
Bought it new for 18.99 at Newegg (no relation) over a year ago. So not a good price for a refurb. That being said-not a bad product of you don’t want to dirty a pan. But after the novelty of it wears off, it will sit with all the other useless things you bought that you thought you needed but didn’t.
Now I just need to get eggs and muffins from somewhere. I wonder if McDs or DD will sell me an egg and a muffin with my coffee. Also should have bought the power converter mEH was selling a few months back to run this in the car. breakfast will be ready when I pull in to work! Sorry wife, I can make my own breakfast now!
@miko1 not sure which car inverter you’re referring to but the one I got is 150 watts. This gadget appears to require 600 watts. (I’m actually surprised it is that low - would have expected at least 1200 watts.)