Sandwich makers are fabulous appliances and a must-have in any kitchen. Its compact size makes it easy to store, convenient to use and clean, transportable and cooks quickly. Plus, it’s a versatile appliance that can be used to cook paninis, wraps and other healthy foods.
Now, you might be thinking, “Gosh, I definitely need a sandwich maker. But I don’t know how to use one.” Don’t fear! In this blog, we explain how to use a sandwich maker and also answer other commonly asked questions about this kitchen appliance.
Types Of Sandwich Makers
Before learning how to use a sandwich maker, you first need to know what type you have, as this will influence how you make a toasted sandwich as well as what you can make in it.
A regular sandwich contains two square-shaped plates moulded into the appliance, one on the upper part of the machine and the other on the lower part. When a sandwich is placed into one of the moulds and the machine presses together, the sandwich is sealed closed and cooked until it becomes crispy on the outside.
The alternative is a 3-in-1 sandwich maker. This kitchen appliance is slightly more expensive but oh-so worth it. This sandwich maker comes with three sets of removable plates that allow you to cook many different things, such as toasted sandwiches, grilled paninis or waffles.
How To Use A Sandwich Machine
Using a sandwich maker is a relatively simple process that will become second nature after using the machine once or twice. Follow these basic steps to use your sandwich machine like a pro.
Step 1: Turn the sandwich maker on and leave the appliance to heat up. Most sandwich makers have a light that will indicate when the machine is ready to be used. If not, simply give it a few minutes to get going.
Step 2: Assemble your sandwich with some delicious fillings. Butter the outside of either slice of bread – this will ensure that it gets nice and crispy while preventing it from sticking to the machine. If your sandwich maker is non-stick, then you don’t need to worry about buttering the bread.
Step 3: Open the sandwich maker and place your sandwich on the bottom heating plate. Be careful not to touch it as it will be extremely hot.
Step 4: Now, close the sandwich machine and close the front clamp to help seal your sandwich inside.
Step 5: Leave the sandwich to cook until the indicator light turns off, or if it doesn’t have one, wait for 3-5 minutes. Once it’s finished cooking, you’ll want to use a silicone spatula to remove it and place the sandwich on a plate and allow it to cool.
Step 6: Before you can tuck into your delicious toasted sandwich, you must turn the machine off and unplug it so it can cool down completely before cleaning.
How To Clean A Sandwich Maker
You might be worried that a sandwich maker is difficult to clean. However, most are made using non-stick materials, which means that they’re quick and easy to clean.
The first step to cleaning your sandwich maker is to turn the appliance off and leave it to cool down completely. Then you’ll want to take a damp sponge or cloth (always use non-abrasive materials), add some mild dishwashing soap to it and then while down the sandwich maker’s surfaces.
If you have a sandwich maker with removable plates, then you will be able to remove them and clean all the nooks and crannies. Newer sandwich makers now have dishwasher-safe plates, so you don’t have to do the cleaning yourself!
Once it’s been cleaned, wipe everything down with a towel and ensure it’s completely dry before storing it.