West Bend Egg & Muffin Toaster Marvel
That’s only part of why we invested in the West Bend Egg Muffin Toaster, the other reason was to stop the morning rows.
Less haste more speed is another old proverb that should work but doesn’t on a workday morning when deadlines are just that, don’t meet them and the rest of the day is dead-awful!
To combat and prevent ‘dead-awful’ days where kids miss the school bus and husband goes to work without enough breakfast, still munching dry toast as he departs (usually glowering at me), we (me again!), decided we were having an all in one breakfast maker quite a while ago.
Breakfast at weekends is different, a leisurely affair over newspapers, where fruit can be stuffed into fresh warm croissants or a full fried English breakfast can be enjoyed in peace and harmony, but does your workday morning lend itself to taking it easy? Well mine doesn’t and sometimes I could claim the Nobel peace prize!
The West Bend Egg Muffin Toaster Does What It Says
There are several appliances in the West Bend range, so if there are only two of you or shift work means you feast at different times, this West Bend Egg Muffin Toaster (TEM500W) is a smaller cooker and might suit you better.
It costs a bit less and has fewer features, but the basic functions are the same. Currently priced at $35, this is an offer price, so liable to change.
We needed the bigger machine which takes up a little more space on the counter but will feed four a yummy breakfast in no time at all.
The West Bend TEM4500W Egg and Muffin Toaster
Currently at $60 this is an absolutely cracking buy and you get a lot more features for your money, though again, the West Bend Toaster Egg Cooker is currently reduced at the moment, so may go back up to the list price of $99.
This is a wide mouthed four slice/two muffin toaster with a defrost function for croissants, bread and muffins, the wide mouth means even croissants will fit (though personally I warm mine in the halogen oven). You can also choose how light or dark you want your toast.
Where it really differs is in the egg part, you can soft or hard boil up to 8 eggs at a time – less with duck eggs obviously and I’ve found they cook to perfection on hard boil, but get them out once done or they will become hard boiled. The toast stays down and doesn’t get popped up until the egg is done either, though you can override this.
There is also an egg cooking tray where you can poach or even scramble them beautifully. The meat warming tray will do veggies or fruit as well as ham or bacon – and I’ve got another use for it.
Using up the roast pork joint, I warm several slices of pork and some fresh apple sauce in the tray then warm rather than toast two bagels – it makes a delicious lunch for two and there are plenty of other quick lunch recipes (try ham and cheese), making the egg cooker much more versatile than it might initially seem.
What I Love About It
Speed of cooking is awesome, breakfast is ready in about 10 minutes including getting the ingredients organized and I can’t beat that with a pan! It also means if I’m feeling kind I can load up the machine with muffins and eggs when ‘dear husband’ is in the shower (I do tell him!) and by the time he’s done and down, his breakfast is ready as well. So far nothing has stuck inside or burned and the fire alarms remain blessedly silent when we use it.
But do you know what I really love? The cleanup is so darned quick, I have a deep loathing of appliances that will not clean up properly, this isn’t one of them. One tip to keep it easy clean is to lightly grease the egg poachers so nothing sticks – Keep Cleanup Quick is my motto!
There are quite a lot of different brands and models out there all of which will do pretty much the same job, you don’t have to like what I like. The link below takes you through to a selection of breakfast makers, so check out a few and do sniff out what’s on offer, you can save a lot of dosh than way.
by Review Author Meggy
September 02, 2013