Toast-Tite – It’s Back
Toasted pies, bush pies, or hot sandwiches – no matter what you call them, they are a delicious food creation that has people coming back for more. The Toas-Tite pie iron company started back in the 1940’s. Somewhere along the line, the original company disappeared and their coveted pie makers could only be found in the occasional flea market and garage sale – very few people are willing to sell a pie iron once they purchase one. Fortunately, in 2010 two clever entrepreneurs brought the Toas-Tite pie irons back to the waiting public.
The Secret is in the Design
Over the years numerous companies have created (and still manufacture) pie makers. So why would Sue and Jan risk it all to bring a retro cooking appliance back to the market? Simply put, no other pie iron creates a sandwich (pie) as well as the Toas-Tite. The secret is in the design. It is round, compared to the more common square pie irons – this allows for a better seal, no matter what shape your loaf of bread is. Manufactured to fit snugly together, the Toas-Tite creates a perfect seal around the outside of the pie (the “tite” in Toas-Tite) allowing the contents to steam and toast at the same time. It transforms bread, tortillas, or even pancakes into a perfect pie crust.
Who Uses Toas-Tite?
While originally it was made for stove-top use, there are a growing number of people using the pie makers for both outdoor and indoor cooking. The product has a following in both the gourmet and foodie crowd. A comfort food, this toasted pie makes a perfect snack for sitting in front of a fireplace or relaxing in an RV. Outdoor cooking is the mainstay of boy scouts, girl guides, and adult campers alike. Toas-Tite has recently released a long handled version of their pie maker. The long handles mean you can keep your hands safely out of the flames while toasting up a meal around the campfire.
My Thoughts on the Toas-Tite
I complained in a previous post about how the round pie irons work best, but only the square pie irons seemed to be commercially available. Shortly after, Jan from Toas-Tite contacted me, to let me know that they were just coming back on the market. I got to test drive the “Toas-Tite™ XL Camper”! Pulling the pie iron from its retro box I noticed the quality workmanship. The ‘business end’ of the pie iron is made from die cast aluminum, so it is light and easy to handle and will never rust. The hinge is robust, and moves smoothly. The handles are made of steel, and at 22 inches long allow precise placement of the Toas-Tite on a hot bed of coals without burning your hands or the handles. Hardwood handles with a wire loop to hold them together finish the pie maker. Everything about the Toas-Tite, from handle to hinge is well made and ready to work.
The Toas-Tite sealed every sandwich perfectly and created a wonderful ‘crust’ on both savory and sweet recipes that I made. It toasts evenly so it is easy to achieve golden brown sandwiches in very little time. The domed center allows plenty of ingredients to be put in each sandwich.
Don’t take my word for it. At $29.95 (US) you can have one of your own – let me know if you agree. Cheers.
Note: I was provided a Toas-Tite™ XL Camper for this review, free of charge.
Links: Toast-Tite LLC