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Old 10-25-2011, 03:11 PM
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Is it OK to butter bread first...

Before putting it in the toaster? Upright toaster.
That's about it...
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:14 PM
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No, because the butter will melt and drip down into the bottom of the toaster, and will possibly short out the wires, and definitely create a greasy mess.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:15 PM
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I sure wouldn't. It's a pretty sure bet that as the butter melts, some of it will drip down into the toaster, causing at least a mess, and possibly damage.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:35 PM
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No, but doing it in the broiler or a toaster oven makes it delish!
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:36 PM
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Instead use the broiler on your oven (keep a close watch since fires can start that way) or even better yet buy a toaster oven which is designed for this very purpose.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:43 PM
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Is it OK to butter bread first...Before putting it in the toaster? Upright toaster.
No. do it and you will get you little ass whooped. At least that was my experience in the matter.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:49 PM
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Well, butter is flammable because it's mostly made of fat. Not only might you set your toaster on fire, but you could also ruin the toast, thus, defeating your purpose of saving time. Get a toaster oven or be patient and wait the three minutes.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:52 PM
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Clearly someone would make a killing if they'd invent vertical butter.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:02 PM
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Only if you put the toaster horizontal.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:09 PM
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Where I work, we always LIGHTLY butter the bread before putting it in the toaster for sandwiches. I've never had a problem with the toast burning or the butter dripping and causing a mess. I can see how it may happen if you really load the butter on, though.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:13 PM
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... will possibly short out the wires...
IME (and I've taken apart a decent number of toasters) it's unlikely that wires will be located underneath the toast. But the chance of a mess is indeed significant.

Why not butter the toast as it emerges from the toaster - when it's hot and eager to melt butter?
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:33 PM
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And that's the thing: why WOULD you do this? A toaster is for toasting; it makes the bread brown, crispy, and delicious. The butter would prevent that, and you'd end up with, at best, hot wet bread.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:26 PM
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And that's the thing: why WOULD you do this? A toaster is for toasting; it makes the bread brown, crispy, and delicious. The butter would prevent that, and you'd end up with, at best, hot wet bread.
I don't know where you'd get that idea. We're talking about butter, not ice.

Butter browns very nicely. Buttered bread browns differently than un-buttered bread. Grilled cheese sandwiches testify to this.

And buttering after the fact gives a different effect than buttering before toasting.

That said, I wouldn't want the mess caused by butter melting off a vertical piece of bread in a normal pop toaster. If nothing else, it'd remain in the bottom of the toaster, becoming more rank and burnt as time goes on; I'm sure those fumes would not be appreciated on subsequent toastings.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:46 PM
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I know from first-hand experience when I was a kid that if you put gobs of butter on bread (as any 10 year old is wont to do), then toast it, you'd better grab either some marshmallows or a fire extinguisher.

Whatever you do, don't try to throw flour on it to put it out, like my brother did - this will only make a fireball that will singe your eyebrows off.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:34 PM
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You have to butter it before you eat it.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:39 PM
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I know from first-hand experience when I was a kid that if you put gobs of butter on bread (as any 10 year old is wont to do), then toast it, you'd better grab either some marshmallows or a fire extinguisher.

Whatever you do, don't try to throw flour on it to put it out, like my brother did - this will only make a fireball that will singe your eyebrows off.
My brother also saved the OP the effort of doing this experiment by setting fire to the toaster back in his childhood.

I should point out that it was not my brother who posts here, but the other one, whom we may mock with impunity.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:00 PM
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I was, I think, about six when I asked my mother this question. She said not to do it. I went with that.


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Old 10-25-2011, 08:04 PM
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DO NOT DO IT!!! You're likely to start an arms race with the folks on the other side of the wall.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:30 AM
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:11 AM
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Only if you put the toaster horizontal.
Only if you want two buttery bread missiles shooting out off the counter and on to the floor. And of course as we all know, toast always lands butter side down.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:41 AM
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I know from first-hand experience when I was a kid that if you put gobs of butter on bread (as any 10 year old is wont to do), then toast it, you'd better grab either some marshmallows or a fire extinguisher.

Whatever you do, don't try to throw flour on it to put it out, like my brother did - this will only make a fireball that will singe your eyebrows off.
Cool!
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:49 AM
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I did this all the time when I was a kid. Not a lot of margarine, because then you'd get a soggy mess, a light coating making sure to not leave a spot unbuttered. Toasty toast on one side, perfectly melted butter on the other side very ready for a teaspoon full of grape jelly,

Well, I did until my grandmother found out. Then I didn't do it again.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:30 PM
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Well, as Annie Xmas says, you could lay the toaster down on it's side, nobody said the toaster has to be right side up!

Or, you could buy some of these.... though I think it would be a mess on the bottom.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:06 PM
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Pan-frying pre-buttered bread is heavenly, and easy. I prefer it that way so much I didn't replace the pop-up toaster after it broke.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:22 PM
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Pan-frying pre-buttered bread is heavenly, and easy. I prefer it that way so much I didn't replace the pop-up toaster after it broke.
But pan fried bread in bacon grease is divine.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:03 PM
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I admit, it never occurred to me to not butter the bread before toasting it. So far I've seen no problems as a result of it; perhaps I just don't butter the bread all that much?
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:34 AM
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DO NOT DO IT!!! You're likely to start an arms race with the folks on the other side of the wall.
Win.

I was always told as a child by my mother that one should never butter the bread first. A while a go my son got a hankering for pre-buttered toast at Grandma's. I told him no, we shouldn't do that. Imagine my surprise when my mother acted like she had never heard this prohibition before. Grandchildren make parents quite forgetful.

I ignore my mom's current position on pre-buttering and go with what she said back before the grandchildren melted her brain.

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Old 10-27-2011, 01:57 AM
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Only if you want two buttery bread missiles shooting out off the counter and on to the floor. And of course as we all know, toast always lands butter side down.
Some troll posted a pic on Reddit of a "lifehack" to make grilled cheese by turning a toaster on its side, and it got to the top of the front page. Of course, this does not work for a variety of reasons, and best case you end up with toast rockets and worst case you totally melt your toaster.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:29 AM
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Some troll posted a pic on Reddit of a "lifehack" to make grilled cheese by turning a toaster on its side, and it got to the top of the front page. Of course, this does not work for a variety of reasons, and best case you end up with toast rockets and worst case you totally melt your toaster.
A brain cancer patient I was supposed to be caring for toasted a toaster pre buttering the bread.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:17 PM
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You can do it. You just need a toaster bag. I'm sure every college bookstore has them.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:09 PM
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As a kid I'd toast the bread very very light, butter it, then put it back in for a second short go. I could never butter bread pre toasting because the bread would tear, so I though this was a good compromise.

Now I own a toaster oven and there is no issue.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:52 PM
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Thanks, all, for the responses! I think I'll keep buttering the bread first...
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:07 PM
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Thanks, all, for the responses! I think I'll keep buttering the bread first...
I must admit, my mind is a bit boggled by this - the vast majority of responders say it's a bad idea, including several with experience of it causing fires, while a much smaller number say they do it with light amounts of butter successfully...and you plan to keep doing it?

Out of curiousity, why did you ask in the first place?
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:12 PM
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...and you plan to keep doing it?
Of course he does. He knows which side is bread is buttered on.
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^^ *snorts soda*

Thanks, carnivorousplant...

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Thanks, carnivorousplant...




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