The Stovetop Toaster You Always Wanted
By Liesl Clark
Our toaster oven stopped working last week and coincidentally I found a camp stove toaster a day later. I’ve wanted one of these for years. They’re the foldable lightweight stovetop toasters that enable you to toast your bread right over your burner. Coleman makes them and they cost less than $5 at Walmart. But if you’re patient, you’ll likely find one at a yard sale.
These toasters are perfect for the homebody interested in downsizing and therefore getting rid of their small electrical appliances. One by one, we’ve offloaded our excess ones, those we rarely use, and our cupboards are so much easier to deal with! We’re finding alternative ways to make things off the (electricity) grid, like yogurt, and are rediscovering the pleasures of simplicity. No, we aren’t feeling deprived. We aren’t missing our toaster oven at all, thanks to the camp stove toaster. I keep our new toast-maker on our stovetop day and night because toast is a staple around here since we bake our own bread. But it’s also foldable, so this gizmo won’t take up much room in your cupboard.
Not only are we saving electricity but we’re convinced our toast tastes better as it’s toasted lightly over a diffused flame over the course of a few minutes, the same amount of time it would take in an electric toaster. I de believe Bagels are much better toasted with this thingy.
Oh, and I’ve found the small plate with holes on the toaster makes an excellent chili pepper roaster, too.
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