Em here, so I am supposed to leave on a wonderful week long trip to visit family tonight, and well I haven't packed yet and unfortunately our car broke down this morning...which gives me THAT many more things on my to do list today...but first and for most is today's Pinstrosity!
This is an old one but a good one, and apparently one that we should feature again because, well it is a good warning to others. Maddy sent us this Pinstrosity and it is quite literally a level 5, check it out:
Grilled Cheese in the toaster!! Genius your thinking right!? This is true, if it's in the right toaster...if it's not however...
This is what Maddy's toaster looked like after it caught fire, and she had to put it out with a fire extinguisher.
I feel like we need to do one of those commercials where we show a picture of a toaster and say "This is your toaster." and then show the Pinstrosity picture and say "This is your toaster on grilled cheese. Don't toast and grilled cheese. This commercial brought to you by The Foundation For A Safer Toaster".
My family has LOTS of experience with this one, and you can find the original story I posted on this topic where my dear sweet husband caught our kitchen on fire here: http://pinstrosity.blogspot.com/2012/02/not-so-grilled-cheese.html
Can I mention that was his second kitchen fire in 6 months? I can? Awesome. That was his second kitchen fire in six months. Bless his heart he tries to help me out and sometimes things just get a little out of hand. But I digress.
Here is the problem:
If your toaster has a toast "cage" then this generally doesn't work...also you run into problems when the cheese melts off the side of the bread (which is the whole point of grilled cheese, melty yummy gooey perfect cheese), so if you are going to do this, have your fire extinguisher ready, your tongs to pull out fire bread and be ready to handle smelling burnt cheese every time you use your toaster for at least the next six months. If you MUST experiment with this and are unsure how your toaster will react take this one outside, that way if it does spontaneously combust your house doesn't smoke up.
With that being said I need to add that this doesn't happen with every toaster, but the ones that it doesn't work on it will literally catch on fire. The fire stems from cheese on the bottom of the toaster that gets to hot and catches on fire, also when you turn the toaster over on it's side and turn it on the heat has no where to get out, because it is trying to go up and it can't and so it causes a fire.
Now that I have told how to do this without catching your house on fire ( I hope) I would recommend NOT grilling cheese in a toaster. Heaven forbid you put it in, and then see your kid is choking the cat and has gum in his hair while running naked to the new neighbors house and you get distracted for even one minute and your kitchen catches on fire. I think it's better to keep the grilled cheese on the grill for safety's sake.
Have a Happy Wednesday Pinstrosipeeps! I will try to pop in during the next week, but who knows what kind of shenanigans we will be getting into so no promises, but Marquette will be sure to keep you busy with her fabulous posts this week! See ya soon!