Paula Deen Egg & Muffin Toaster
By: Lauren Keith
The new Paula Deen Egg & Muffin Toaster from Back to Basics claims to make homeade breakfast sandwiches with the press of a button and in four minutes! Is it that simple? We ask 73 year old Bob Tiehes of Cape Girardeau to help us with this test.
"Someone cooked for me for the last 43 years, until my wife passed away. I, like most men, made the mistake not to learn how to cook," says Bob.
So, this Egg and Muffin Toaster may just come in handy for Bob, if it works. Bob says he eats an egg sandwich almost daily. So, his daughter bought him this toaster, but he hasn't quite figured out how to use it....well, maybe he just hasn't bothered to try!
"Just to have one egg--- I don't think I'd go through all the hassle for one egg!" he laughs. rigamaroar."
However, Food Network celebrity chef Paula Deen says it's easy to do. Let's see. First, we pour two tablespoons of water in the heating tray, apply some cooking spray in the next tray, crack and egg...and then notice a possible downfall to this product. Even though the box clearly tells you to use "precooked meat," here's what that actually means. You will have to cook your favorite meat ahead of time. This machine merely warms the meat. So, I put some Ready to Serve Canadian Bacon in the microwave, and then put it in the top tray on the toaster machine.
Mow we're cooking. We do a quick time-check, so we can see if this toaster really does it all in four minutes.
"For one person, it's a lot to go through for one sandwich," notes Bob.
Just in time, we notice the blue lights are off. This machine does turn off automatically. The "toast" function shuts off, while the egg and meat are still warming. Then, sure enough, about four minutes later, the egg is poached and we have a breakfast sandwich.
"So you have a breakfast sandwich here, what do you think about that?" I ask Bob.
"I think that's a lot of trouble," he says.
But he said that before he bites into the homeade sandwich. Bob loves the taste, at least, and so does his grandson. I, on the other hand, like the easy clean-up. There's no mess, really. You just rinse out the poached egg tray. That's a lot easier than cleaning a whole skillet. Still, Bob's not quite ready to give it an egg-cellent review.
"For me, Burger King is faster," he says.
Something to think about, for sure. Still, the Back to Basics toaster lives up to its claim, which is what I focus on during Does it Work tests.
"It makes a good sandwich. I don't know how you could mess it up! I think college kids or families would love it," Bob admits.