Toasters are great and versatile appliances that you can use in creative ways and not only for making toast.
Even though you can use a toaster for cooking different things, you can’t use all kinds of materials in it.
In fact, using certain materials in your toaster can be dangerous, so you’ll want to know these materials so you can avoid them.
People often make mistakes, and one of these is putting metal inside a toaster. Toasters have electric coils that turn red when hot, and this also conducts electricity. The coils are like that of an oven or a stove.
The body of the toaster completely covers these coils, and you might be wondering what’s there to fear?
However, placing silverware in a toaster for any reason can cause a lot of danger. Silverwares can act as conductors and electrocute you within a very short time.
Most people think it’s safe to place silverware in a toaster when it’s unplugged.
However, placing silverware in your toaster is unsafe, whether it’s plugged or unplugged. You must be careful when inserting this material or any foreign object into your toaster.
If your toaster is unplugged and you place a metallic material in the toaster, it may break or bend the thin heating system.
This can cause fatal shock when you turn on the toaster because you’ve loaded the toaster with electricity.
Putting cheese directly in your toaster is never a good idea because toasters are not designed to be used to grill cheese.
Placing cheese in your toaster will cause the toaster to generate a lot of heat. In addition, the leftover crumbs can get to the heating elements and ignite.
However, cheese toastie lovers don’t fret as there are a number of other awesome ways in which you can put together an awesome cheese toastie without using a toaster.
Like cheese, it’s also not a good idea to put meat in a toaster, especially if it’s fatty.
Although some people use infrared radiation for cooking meat, and there’s nothing wrong with that, doing this with a slotted toaster may be hazardous.
This is because the oil from the meat has nowhere to go other than into the toaster, and this can cause it to smoke or start a fire within a few minutes.
If you’re considering sliding meat into your toaster, don’t because you’ll only start a fire that will ruin your toaster, meat and even your home.
There are different methods of cooking meat using a toaster, and people are trying these different methods. You might also be considering it, but you should consider your safety first and stick to using a pan.
4. Parchment Paper
The manual of most toasters usually contains a list of materials that you should not put in the toaster. Items on the list mostly include towels, plates and some of the items above.
However, if your toaster doesn’t give specific instruction about using parchment paper, you should generally stay away from it.
Parchment paper manufacturing companies advise people not to put parchment paper in a toaster or apply precautions if they must do this.
Even though parchment papers are designed to withstand extreme heat conditions, it’s best to avoid putting them directly in your toaster. Parchment paper can ignite if it comes in contact with any heating element.
5. Aluminium Foil
While aluminium foil is generally a safe item to use in the kitchen, it’s not safe for use with a toaster. That’s because the foil is a metal, and if it comes in contact with a hot heating element, it can spark.
This spark can damage the toaster oven and/or cause a fire.
6. Buttered Bread
The toaster may have been designed for toasting slices of bread. However, it’s not suitable for bread with butter on it.
That’s because there’s a possibility the butter will melt, scorch, and possibly start a fire. Instead, you’ll want to toast your bread separately and then add the butter.