Studies show that more than 70% of Americans like to eat their bread warm or toasted. And while the easiest way to go is to use a pop-up toaster, there are other ways, too. You don’t necessarily need a toaster in order to enjoy a delicious slice of golden, mouth-watering toast.
Here are some helpful tips on how to make toast even if you don’t own a toaster.
Make toast in a pan. Not everybody owns a toaster, but we’re pretty sure everyone has at least a skillet or two in their kitchen. Frying pans can do so much more than just cooking your bacon or eggs. You can also use them to easily make toast. Simply heat the pan (preferably a non-stick one, but not necessarily) and place the slice of bread in it. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes on each side and that’s it. If you like, you can also melt some butter in the pan before you place the slice of bread. The bread will soak some of the butter in and it will be even tastier.
You can also use a stovetop grill. Stovetop grills are useful for a lot of things, from reheating your leftover pizza to preparing toast. The grill goes on the stove, and the slice of bread goes on the grates of the stovetop grill. The slice of bread will start to have grill marks on it shortly and it will toast in a matter of minutes.
Use your oven. Ovens are even better for making toast, because they are more efficient in that they can fit several slices at the same time. If you have to serve more than just a few slices of bread simultaneously, an oven can be a good solution for preparing your toast. Take the oven rack and place it on the highest position in the oven. You can put the slices directly on the rack or on a baking sheet. The fastest way to go is to use the broiler of the oven, which is located in the uppermost part of the oven. You have to set your oven on broil and choose the highest option, if the case. Once the oven is preheated, slide in the bread and cook each side for maximum one minute and a half. Make sure you use tongs when you have to flip your slices, to avoid burning your fingers.
You can also make toast in the oven using a lower temperature. The most indicated one is 350 degrees F. Place the slices in the middle of the oven, on the rack and let it cook for a longer time. After approximately 5 minutes, flip the slices and leave them for 5 more minutes. Don’t forget about oven mitts and tongs whenever you’re using the oven.
Campfire toast. This method takes you all the way back to the roots. It is not something you can do every day, but should you find yourself camping and craving toast, you can use a simple campfire to prepare it. However, you have to have a grill rack to put over the fire and a skillet to place the bread in. The skillet goes on the grill rack. Toast takes less time to cook when you’re making it on a campfire, so make sure to flip the bread after half a minute, at most.