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Toasting Notes

Updated on June 29, 2009
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Toasting is a combination of cooking and drying the bread. Moisture levels differ from one bread to another which can result in varying toasting times. When using the toaster for the first time, select the middle setting, normally at 3-4. Varying types of bread and personal preference may require a different setting.

For slightly dry bread, use a lower setting than normal.

For fresh bread or whole wheat, use a higher setting than normal.

Breads with very uneven surfaces will require a higher setting.

Thicker cut pieces of bread will take longer to toast, sometimes significantly longer, since more moisture must be evaporated from the bread before toasting can occur. Very thick pieces may require two cycles.

When toasting raisin or other fruit breads, remove any loose raisins from the surface of the bread before placing into the toaster. This will help prevent pieces from falling into the toaster or sticking on the guard wire in the slot.

If you should find that the bread is not dark enough, you may wish to toast the bread again. Select a low browning setting (1-2) and press the loading handle down. Keep a careful eye on the toaster to ensure that the toast does not burn.

To aid removal of smaller items such as crumpets and muffin, lift the loading handle upwards above the starting position.

In the unlikely event that that the bread becomes jammed, switch the toaster off at the supply socket and disconnect the mains plug. Allow the toaster to cool fully before carefully easing out the bread ensuring that you do not damage the element.

It is important that crumbs are not allowed to build up inside the base of toaster. Crumbs can be removed by simply sliding open the crumb trays at the bottom of the toaster. You can then tip the crumbs away and wash the trays. Dry the trays thoroughly.

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