This tip is brought to you by OCBD, who commented on our Reuben Toas-Tite post.
In several of our posts and on our Toas-Tite Making Basics page, we’ve mentioned turning one slice of bread for your sandwich horizontally and placing the other on top vertically (with your filling in the middle of course). The reason is this: the vast majority of store bought sliced bread is not big enough to cover the entire Toas-Tite!
Without a good seal (meaning a sandwich closed all the way around), you can end up with a leaky Toas-Tite as the filling heats up and begins to expand.
Turning your slices of bread in different directions is a quick work around for this.
But! OCBD wrote in with a brilliant suggestion: use a rolling pin to flatten and stretch out your bread. Rolling out your slices of bread with a rolling pin and quite a bit of pressure can get you just a little bit more width out of your bread to more effectively cover your Toas-Tite sandwich maker. And a nice bonus is that you get a little more room for filling too!
Check out the difference a rolling pin and some brute strength makes: