Turn Parchment Paper into a Toaster Bag for Mess-Free Toasted Sandwiches
Says the headline. I think this is truly clever. Terrified that I will feel compelled to line our freezer shelves with premade toaster sandwiches, all wrapped neatly in parchment. Hmm, that gets me thinking. Would anything work, anything not too wet? Say, pancakes? Fettucine carbonara?
If you want your toaster to do double duty warming up sandwiches, bagel spread, and more, these crafty DIY toaster bags made from baking parchment paper are just the ticket to a mess-free and multi-functional toaster.
Culinary tips and tricks blog The Kitchn highlighted Toastabag, a product designed to help you make sandwich melts and heat up things in your toaster without making a mess of the inside. Thrifty reader Jess wrote in with a more economical DIY solution:
I enjoyed your post about Toastabags. I was reluctant to run out and buy them without knowing if I’d really use them. Then it occurred to me that I could use parchment paper the same way as a Toastabag. I could rip off a piece and fold it into a pocket. So, I tried it with a slice of leftover pizza and it worked like a charm!
This is a hack best suited for wide-mouth toasters like bagel toasters. At minimum it allows you to try out whether or not commercial “toaster bags” would be a worthwhile investment before actually purchasing one. If it works well enough for you, you can skip the commercial models and fold your own at home.
You can buy fancy packaged Toastabags, although I am reluctant to peel cabbage for something associated with a word that ends in a, Toasta. That hanging question, Toast a what?, pops a hole in the thrill-of-purchase bubble for me.
At any rate, I do think this idea is clever and we are going to try it. In the picture, the bread browns through the bag. Is that possible? Must check with Shirley Corriher on this. Or maybe the folks at Reynolds who engineered the turkey roasting bag.