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The  big  online "A" store  has  toasta  bags.... they are  great.. I carry  them with me  on  trips.... There are  several  makes... Some  are good  for  ten  uses others  for up to to 300  uses...I use  them  for  breakfast or lunches.... I  take  bagels, bread  or  muffins  &  toast  in the  hotel  café  area....I  have  also  taken waffles,  pre-made  pancakes too...  I take  cheese  & make  grilled  cheese  for  lunch or  deli meat  & cheese  & grill it...  love love love   these  bags.....

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I just purchased the toaster bags for an international trip and can not vouch for them yet, but for almost the same price I purchased a toaster at Walmart for out RV. In the original box, it stores nicely in the microwave. I did purchase another cheap toaster to use at my Mom's house since we are there six to eight weeks out of the year. I store my gluten-free junk in a plastic bin there too. Handy to take to their lake house too.

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I would say just buy the smallest cheapest one you can find at your local megamart.  That way if it gets bumped around in the road trip and broken it is no big deal.  I personally am not a fan of toaster bags... not OCD friendly enough for me.  However they do have some applications where they would be better than nothing, especially if you can't bring a toaster with you.

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I have toaster bags to heat up bread for breakfasts or lunches in hotel breakfast areas, but I also use a one person foreman grill to make cheese toasties or even heat up Scottish pancakes- etc.

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I would say just buy the smallest cheapest one you can find at your local megamart.  That way if it gets bumped around in the road trip and broken it is no big deal.  I personally am not a fan of toaster bags... not OCD friendly enough for me.  However they do have some applications where they would be better than nothing, especially if you can't bring a toaster with you.

What is OCD friendly? Sorry I am not a native speaker of English and not very good with acronyms...

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What is OCD friendly? Sorry I am not a native speaker of English and not very good with acronyms...

OCD is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Although the toaster bags separate the surfaces of the toasted item and the contaminated toaster, it is too close for comfort and makes me uneasy.  It just doesn't meet my ridiculous standard for cleanliness.

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When first dx'd I bought a $6 toaster at Target for my office to keep my stuff separate/safe...that silly toaster is still going....I left it behind as a backup for the other office toaster...seems mine is still going long after our fancier toaster kicked the appliance bucket....fun to get the toaster updates from the old crew and.....even if it had only lasted a short while -- it was 6 bucks.  Sometimes, simple is better.

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OCD is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Although the toaster bags separate the surfaces of the toasted item and the contaminated toaster, it is too close for comfort and makes me uneasy.  It just doesn't meet my ridiculous standard for cleanliness.

 

I had played with the idea of using toaster bags in my shared kitchen. But my OCD won out. In a pinch I could maybe, somehow, idk sort of see myself using them? But yeah, they just aren't OCD friendly. If you're just knocking around in a car, traveling, have lots of room to spare packing and are perfectly happy to pack a toaster? Go for it. I had a cheap toaster that for many years that I left behind with an ex still working. I just buy whatever is reasonably cheap and cute. I suppose cute isn't required for travel. :lol:

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OCD is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Although the toaster bags separate the surfaces of the toasted item and the contaminated toaster, it is too close for comfort and makes me uneasy.  It just doesn't meet my ridiculous standard for cleanliness.

Thanks for the clarification! I am still new at this and I haven't really thought about this yet... Mmmm

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Do you wash the bags after use? Or are they disposable?

The ones I bought can be used 500 times... And I used one of them in my last work trip. I have to say, that I didn't wash it- but wiped the crumbs.off... these are all things I still haven't thought about....

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Just a reminder to New Members:  We all at some point have to buy a new toaster to replace a glutenous one.  These sad old, no longer needed, toasters can have a new life!!  

 

Join the Annual "Toaster Throwing Contest" held at Irish Hearts home.  Grand Prize is a New "Deluxe" Toaster with all the bells and whistles.

 

Date, time and place will be confirmed sometime in the future.

 

Colleen

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for  traveling  I find  the  toasta  bags  are  great.  Now I only use  them  while  I'm traveling.....I wash mine   &  reuse    as  I  have the ones  that  are good  for 300 uses... If  I  make  an english muffin maybe  I  will just  shake  &  damp  wipe  it out  but  if  I  throw in  bread  & cheese  for  grilled  cheese  I  always  wash it out...

Please  if  you use these  be  very  careful  as  they get  hot   so  you could  burn  your  finger  removing  them from the toaster....

I just  used  mine  at  my girlfriend's  home...

No OCD  for me on this  one.....I've  been using  these  since  they were  born  & never  got  ill.....

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I haven't put anything gooey in mine yet.  I just take a paper towel and wipe the crumbs out.  I like the Toast It kind.  They are much taller than the bread, so I know my bread is covered.  I know people who travel a lot and are not gluten-free.  They use them in the hotel breakfast buffet toasters because they are a bit OCD and hate the crumby toasters.   ;)

 

They were originally - 30 or more years ago - invented for college kids to make grilled cheese and re-heat pizza in the toaster.  You could buy them off of late night TV.  This was back when we could have toasters in a dorm room.

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I see a lot of favourable comments for toaster bags.  I bought some once, but I found they were so large that there was extra bag on the sides of the toaster.  They even started to melt.  I thought, this looks like a fire hazard, but even if it isn't, I don't like the idea of plastic melting on my toast.  Was I doing something wrong?   I can't remember the brand, I think it was Toast-it.

 

Anyway, I picked up a small inexpensive toaster at the supermarket and take it everywhere.

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I see a lot of favourable comments for toaster bags.  I bought some once, but I found they were so large that there was extra bag on the sides of the toaster.  They even started to melt.  I thought, this looks like a fire hazard, but even if it isn't, I don't like the idea of plastic melting on my toast.  Was I doing something wrong?   I can't remember the brand, I think it was Toast-it.

 

Anyway, I picked up a small inexpensive toaster at the supermarket and take it everywhere.

 

 

They are bigger than gluten-free bread but I have never had them melt.   I usually fold up the extra.  

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I  have  used  these  bags  for  years & never  did  they  catch fire  but  thats  not to say it   couldn't  happen....I've  seen people use

parchment  paper in their  oven &  catch it on fire.....and  if  a wire  inside the toaster  is  broke  then  most  certainly it  would  catch fire.....

I do  think  they are  made  to  take  the heat  from a  toaster  in normal  instances....& the  large  size  of the bag  makes  me  feel better  as  part  of my gluten-free bread isn't sticking out...  I  have  ordered hundreds of these  for our  group  &  in  ten years  I've never  seen  one  catch fire...but  I have  seen three  oven fires using  parchment...so I guess  a  fluke?

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