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Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
Wed Mar 11, 2015, 11:45 PM Mar 2015

Is there any practical use for the far end of the toaster dial?

I was making toast and I guess I accidentally turned the knob to a higher setting; not much, just from, "2 1/2" to about, "3 1/2" (okay, I have no idea what those little tick marks mean). First, I smelled the smell of burning toast and when my toast popped up I thought, "Well, I could probably use this to patch the hole in my car from that hailstorm."

Now, my toaster goes up to, "8." It can't be for bagels because the toaster has a bagel button. So, what reason could anyone have for turning the dial all the way up?

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Is there any practical use for the far end of the toaster dial? (Original Post) Nuclear Unicorn Mar 2015 OP
To insert Pop Tarts and burn the house down? arcane1 Mar 2015 #1
I can't stand modern toasters. KMOD Mar 2015 #2
Just don't get in a bidding war with toaster collectors csziggy Mar 2015 #13
Beaver jerkey. NYC_SKP Mar 2015 #3
It's to test your smoke alarms. TreasonousBastard Mar 2015 #4
Arson? Brigid Mar 2015 #5
I burn some sourdough bread every single morning on purpose vanlassie Mar 2015 #6
One acronym: PAHs DeSwiss Mar 2015 #15
Yeah I have researched that. I'm under the vanlassie Mar 2015 #16
Useful for teaching smart phones that they ain't so dang smart! chknltl Mar 2015 #7
My toaster goes to '11'... PoliticAverse Mar 2015 #8
Frozen waffles? femmocrat Mar 2015 #9
It goes to 11. It's one hotter. The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2015 #10
I don't know, but the numbers don't mean minutes csziggy Mar 2015 #11
Actually it comes in handy when your Chinese made,wallmart bought, POS, disposable Joe Shlabotnik Mar 2015 #12
Sure. The finished pieces make OxQQme Mar 2015 #14
 

KMOD

(7,906 posts)
2. I can't stand modern toasters.
Wed Mar 11, 2015, 11:49 PM
Mar 2015

The one I have now dries out the toast before it's even slightly toasted.

I'm going to start hitting up estate sales. I want an old fashioned toaster. I will unplug it after use to reduce risk of burning my house down, but I would really like to have some decent toast again.

csziggy

(34,161 posts)
13. Just don't get in a bidding war with toaster collectors
Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:18 AM
Mar 2015

You might spend more than you planned:



My grandmother's toaster looked just like this guy's mother's toaster!
 

NYC_SKP

(68,644 posts)
3. Beaver jerkey.
Thu Mar 12, 2015, 12:13 AM
Mar 2015

You take your beaver and clean it, then make super thin slices and hang them by toothpicks and set that toaster dial at "7" which stands for the letter "G".

That's "G" as in "Gee this beaver jerkey tastes great!"

vanlassie

(5,767 posts)
6. I burn some sourdough bread every single morning on purpose
Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:06 AM
Mar 2015

I LOVE charred sourdough toast. I crave it. I preheat the toaster. I know it's ready when I see smoke. Really.

 

DeSwiss

(27,137 posts)
15. One acronym: PAHs
Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:56 AM
Mar 2015
PAHs...Why is burnt food bad for you?

The smell of burnt toast is suggestive of a change in chemical composition of bread. As the name 'polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons' indicates, there is a recognizable aroma when particular substances are heated to a burning point, such as burnt toast.

When starchy foods like bread or potatoes are cooked at a high temperature they produce a carcinogenic substance called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are a group of over 100 chemicals resulting as a byproduct of combustion. These chemicals can enter the bloodstream through breathing air contaminated with PAHs,such as incinerated trash or cigarette smoke or ingesting foods that contain PAHs such as grilled, charred, burnt or pickled foods.

In the laboratory, studies have found PAHs to cause lung, stomach, and skin cancer as well as adverse reproductive effects in female mice fed a diet with high levels of PAHs. The offspring of mice fed a diet with PAHs had higher levels of birth defects and lower birth weights than mice with a diet absent of PAHs.

Center for Disease Control - PAHs Factsheet


- Sowwy......

vanlassie

(5,767 posts)
16. Yeah I have researched that. I'm under the
Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:08 AM
Mar 2015

impression that the charred foodstuff is limited to meats. "Contaminated" is not the same as charred. But maybe I'm wrong.

chknltl

(10,558 posts)
7. Useful for teaching smart phones that they ain't so dang smart!
Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:16 AM
Mar 2015

Toaster torture shuts 'em up every time! Water-boarding them works better though because with the toaster method one might forget to reset the dial and that will make ones toast taste funny.

femmocrat

(28,394 posts)
9. Frozen waffles?
Thu Mar 12, 2015, 12:57 PM
Mar 2015


I make frozen French toast and it's almost always soggy in the middle. My toaster even has a "frozen" button.

Joe Shlabotnik

(5,604 posts)
12. Actually it comes in handy when your Chinese made,wallmart bought, POS, disposable
Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:11 AM
Mar 2015

toaster starts to die. Cranking up the dial buys you a few more weeks before you have to go out and replace it with a new Chinese made, Wall-mart bought, POS, disposable toaster.

OxQQme

(2,550 posts)
14. Sure. The finished pieces make
Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:23 AM
Mar 2015

excellent skeet targets.
They are a little on the small side, but they break apart easily with only two or three of the shot pellets.
For a real challenge, one could do bagels and try for the hole.

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