Sandwich Press

Sandwich presses are specialized cooking utensils used to toast sandwiches, according to personal preference. Similar to toasters, they use metal coils, which are heated to a very high temperature, to provide the heat for the job. The heat is conducted from these coils to metal plates on the inside of the device that press on the sandwich – hence the name – toasting it.

The sandwich press (also called a sandwich toaster, sandwich grill or sandwich maker) was first developed in the early 1920’s. However, it did not gain any widespread popularity until the mid-70’s, when they began being released for domestic markets. Since then, they’ve found a huge market in many sandwich restaurants. Today, the sandwich press is best known for making Panini, a type of grilled sandwich that has become much more popular in the past decade. However, the sandwich press can be used for any number of hot sandwiches, and is not limited to any one type of sandwich. The sandwich press works by literally pressing the sandwich down and toasting it directly. The sandwich is held horizontally on one of the press’ plates. The second one, which is movable, then closes onto the sandwich. Typically, both plates (also called irons) have a heat source, and this toasts the bread. Because the plates are placed directly onto the bread, they do a better job a quickly heating the inside of a sandwich than a regular toaster can do.

Due to the specialized nature of a sandwich press, it has not seen widespread home use, although many popular foods, such as grilled cheese sandwiches, are made with them. Restaurants, however, usually have them, as well as home users with an interest in more-than-average cuisine. They are also used, more generally, to seal filling within sandwiches, often cheese, although tuna, and other fillings, are used as well. Additionally, seasoning is often added to sandwiches prepared in this way. These can include tomatoes, pickles, other vegetables, and common kitchen ingredients, such as mayonnaise. The sandwich press burns the rim of the sandwich together, trapping the filling inside (possibly sealing it diagonally along the surface as well), and heating it to a very high temperature – far greater than the sandwich’s exterior, making for an occasional shock when carelessly eaten, immediately after pressing.

When buying a sandwich press, the most important things to keep in mind are how much you’re going to be using it, and how important it is to you. If you just want a way to quickly heat your sandwiches thoroughly, you definitely won’t have to spend any more than $100 USD. It’s fairly easy to find a sandwich press in any store that sells advanced kitchen supplies, and the least expensive models typically start at about $20. These models can typically heat one or two sandwiches, and they usually only come with a basic temperature setting. They simply open, close and heat, which is all most users will need.

A mid-range sandwich press (typically costing between $100 and $300) usually is either bigger and able to heat more sandwiches simultaneously, or has more features. These features can either deal with the material the toaster is made out of (usually for cosmetic or weight purposes) or with the timer and power settings. A more advanced sandwich press will usually be able to have several heat settings programmed into it, allowing you to have a more hands-free cooking process. Whether that is worth the extram money just depends on how often and for how many people you are cooking. Any sandwich press that costs more than this is restaurant grade, and is more focused on getting as many sandwiches cooked as fast as possible.

This Sandwich Press Review is Written/Updated on Jun 23rd, 2010 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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