Tuesday Tips – First in a series

It’s Tuesday and time for tip of the week.

This week – toast! 
Toast is a great comfort food, simple but effective with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, wine or beer .
Toast goes with anything and is (in my opinion) best with butter.
When camping bread is an easy food to keep to hand, both simple to store, and filling for adult and child alike. The butter can be more tricky, particularly if you are without electricity, but it will keep cool in a cool box assuming you have regular ice block changes or bung a bag of ice (£1 a bag at supermarkets) in it each day.

Toast is nice as a base for baked beans or eggs too. And can be eaten with marmite, or jam or marmalade or honey (all of which keep well without refrigeration). Thick slices are best when camping as they are less likely to break during storage and cooking.

As you know I tend to use a one ring gas cooker when camping and I’ve tried a couple of toaster types to go with it. Of course the best toast is cooked over a real fire, precariously hung on a long stick (or vintage toasting fork if you are posh) but for a gas ring the best is also the simplest. (in my opinion)

At around about £5 from most camping shops the single slice toaster is a little star!

It toasts super fast so that the toast is still fluffy in the middle but crisp and hot on the outside. Even cooking multiple slices is fast and easy. (Warning: the toaster is metal and gets extremely hot – not suitable for use by children or the inebriated – I often burn my finger when making toast)

I have tried a 4 slice model but found it slower than a sleeping tortoise and the bread just became dry rather than actually toasted! I threw the toaster away.

So today’s tip is, take a toaster camping, or if a real fire is allowed, cook toast over it. Also works well with bagels.

*Gluten free bread is also available at many supermarkets.
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