It's official, quarantine season has been extended. This means spending more time at home to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 disease and only a limited number of people per household can head out. If ever you find yourself tired of breaking out your oven mitts and baking supplies, here's an easy alternative − sandwich makers.
You have probably watched your parents or grandparents make sandwiches for merienda at some point using this gadget. It is handy if you want to fix yourself a snack or meal. We've prepared a guide and a list of recommendations to help you get acquainted with sandwich makers to aid you this quarantine season.
Sandwich makers are small appliances that can grill, toast, and heat bread with whatever type of filling or stuffing you put in them. It is ideal if you want to put together a quick and delicious snack without much effort. It is great if you are in a rush or are too busy to prepare a full meal of rice and ulam.
It has evolved to include more functions, so you can get creative with your sandwich by upgrading your filling and have a more delicious meal instead of reaching for your usual chips. You can even grill or make waffles on sandwich makers now, instead of having to buy a separate waffle maker and grill. Talk about versatility!
Sandwich makers in the past are not really versatile and can only toast sliced bread but it had evolved to include more options such as grilling and searing. Some models have multipurpose functions that can do more than toast bread, which have expanded their function.
Sandwich makers are not uniform; you should always take into consideration the number of people in your family. A traditional sandwich maker would be able to accommodate up to 4 slices of bread, which is enough for 2 sets of sandwich. This is ideal if you have a small family.
On the other hand, bigger models like a Panini press could fit up to 8 slices of bread depending on the model, which could make 4 sets of sandwiches. Your bread options are not just limited to sliced bread; you could use a variety like flatbreads, wraps, and subs.
Sandwich makers are rarely used, perhaps because of its singular function of toasting sandwiches and sliced bread, which can also be achieved by using a bread toaster. Let's face it, the novelty of stuffing and sealing your sandwiches wears off after the first couple of uses.
However, newer models have come up with innovations that allow versatility in your sandwich maker. Aside from toasting sandwiches, you could also use it for grilling, searing, and making waffles. You could also use an assortment of bread.
This is what you would picture a traditional, good old-fashioned sandwich maker to be, and you have probably owned one at some point. It is characterized by square-shaped heating plates on the top and bottom, which are divided into triangular indentions. Its handle closes down, effectively sealing your sandwich.
It is very easy to use as it toasts the sandwich and is done in about 5-10 minutes, no fancy set-up required. Some older models don’t have a timer setting, so you have to watch out lest you burn your sandwich. It is great for making no-fuss sandwiches when you’re in a pinch.
On the other hand, a Panini press is characterized by grill plates at the top and bottom that heats the food when closed. You may have come across this device in cafes or deli shops. It primarily functions as a grill, but it is multifunctional as it could be used as a toaster and griddle too.
Some models come with changeable plates to match the method of cooking you want. It could be used to prepare a variety of sandwiches. Its function does not end there as well; you could use it for cooking pancakes and waffles, grill burgers, and kebabs.
Most sandwich makers come with only one heat setting. It usually comes in a set of red and green lights that indicate when the sandwich is ready to be taken out of the appliance.
However, some high-end models have temperature control settings that allow you to have more control over how you want your sandwich to be cooked.
When it comes to sandwich makers, the first thing you'd imagine is the tell-tale triangular shape. While that's true, there are other units that make use of Panini presses, flat shapes, and circular shapes. There is really no particular advantage of one over the other, it's just a matter of preference.
This usually comes in Panini presses and is characterized by grooved lines. Some units may have a grooved top only while the bottom is smooth. These leave your sandwich with grill marks that make it look more appealing.
Some models have a floating lid design that does not squish sandwiches when closed, keeping the filling and overall structure of the bread intact. This type is also suitable to perform grill functions, so you could do more than toast sandwiches.
This is very easy and straightforward to use; you do not need to do much other than assemble the sandwich. This is ideal for those who want their sandwiches to have a “pocket” for extra fillings.
The indentions also seal the edges of the bread, which prevents anything from spilling. However your options are rather limited as you can only use sliced bread.
Round shaped plates are great for preparing breakfast sandwiches. It is the ideal shape for those breakfast muffins, doughnuts, and bagels. You won’t have a reason to miss breakfast now!
You could also use it to cook eggs and ham to use as filling for your sandwich. The round shape could be used to make perfectly shaped pancakes.
Sandwich makers come in different materials, it is available in cast iron, aluminum, and non-stick surfaces. Try to choose one with a non-stick coating for easy cleanup, so any residue is easy to remove. There is nothing worse than scrubbing burnt cheese after you’re done cooking.
Pick sandwich makers with removable plates, which make it easier to clean so you won’t have to haul the entire appliance to the sink when you’re done. You won’t have to worry about damaging the equipment as well.
Cheaper appliances come with plastic handles. However, these are not heat-resistant and are more prone to damage after frequent heating and reheating of the sandwich maker. It can turn brittle and easily break. Try to select handles made of metal as it is more durable and can stand to take the heat.
From good old fashioned sandwich makers to Panini presses, here are our picks to help you achieve the perfect sandwich.
|Features||Panini press, grill, and griddle|
|Features||App-controlled, panini press, grill, and griddle, auto shut-off|
|Features||3 plates: panini press, waffle and sandwich maker, grill, anti-slip rubber footing|
|Type||Breakfast Sandwich Maker|
|Features||Cooking plate for eggs|
|Type||Breakfast Sandwich Maker|
|Features||Griddle to cook eggs and meat|
|Features||Doubles as grill or griddle|
|Features||Locking lid, pre-heat indicator|
|Features||Comes with 3 plates: deep, waffle, and grill|
3 in 1 Snack Maker
Breakfast Sandwich Maker - Black
Digital Panini Grill
2-in-1: Compact Griller and Sandwich Press
Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Gourmet Sandwich Maker
Fiesta 3 in 1 Sandwich Maker
Multipurpose Panini Press for the Budding Home Cook
App Operated Griller for the Tech Savvy
Multipurpose Function in One Compact Device
Make Morning Meals More Fun with this Sandwich Maker
Adjustable Timer for Perfect Sandwiches
Grill Sandwiches and Samgyupsal in this 2 in 1 Griller
Brighten Your Day with this Vintage Themed Breakfast Maker
Adjustable Hinge for Sub Sandwiches
Locking Lid for Evenly Pressed Sandwiches
Deep Fill Plate for Filling Sandwiches
|Price Starts at||₱16,000||₱26,800||₱1,975||₱2,995||₱3,552||₱1,649||₱2,400||₱3,998||₱2,875||₱3,100|
|Type||Panini Press||Panini Press||Sandwich Maker||Breakfast Sandwich Maker||Panini Press||Panini Press||Breakfast Sandwich Maker||Panini Press||Panini Press||Sandwich Maker|
|Features||Panini press, grill, and griddle||App-controlled, panini press, grill, and griddle, auto shut-off||3 plates: panini press, waffle and sandwich maker, grill, anti-slip rubber footing||Cooking plate for eggs||Sear function||Dual function||Griddle to cook eggs and meat||Doubles as grill or griddle||Locking lid, pre-heat indicator||Comes with 3 plates: deep, waffle, and grill|
Get creative with your sandwiches! Using a sandwich maker doesn't mean you have to stick to grilled cheese all the time. Here is an easy panini recipe that takes it a step further and adds a variety of ingredients such as avocado and pesto.
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A sandwich maker does not have to be limited to the one dimensional triangular appliance you have encountered. There are models that offer plenty of functions and can double as a grill, waffle maker, and panini press. This quarantine season, why not take a break from your usual baking and get creative with sandwiches.
Author: Justine Cuizon
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