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SUEMABE SparkPoints: (13)
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8/17/13 10:34 A

I spent the time to make a breakfast sandwich. Then I made my lunch. I would have arrived at work earlier if I had been able to get some lunch together while the sandwich was cooking instead of watching and flipping the egg. I know that if I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier none of that would have mattered, or I could have made my lunch the night before or done a batch cooking of breakfast burrito's. But obviously I'm not going to do any of those things. I did those things for my DC for 18 years so I know it CAN be done. And I'm over it! My work location changed so I can't stop and pick up anything to eat at my desk.
Other suggestions?

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
8/11/13 3:34 P

I make egg mcmuffins quite often (my son loooves them), they are so fast to do, you don't need a special appliance - or a tuna can!

1. split muffin, drop in toaster.
2. warm up small non-stick frying pan, add a touch of butter, pam, olive oil, whatever...
3. crack in the egg, use an edge of the eggshell to bust the yolk.
4. peel a slice of processed cheese.

By this point, the muffin is popping up from the toaster. Drop the cheese on there. Now the egg is ready to flip. Flip, then slide onto the muffin, folding it over to make it fit.


Sometimes I add a strip of pre-cooked bacon from a package i keep in the freezer, or perhaps some deli ham. This adds 10 seconds to the process.

It takes all of 3 minutes and makes virtually no mess - quick rinse of the frying pan, that's it.

If i were going to get a special sandwich making appliance i'd get a panini press - more versatile.

ANARIE Posts: 13,125
8/11/13 2:06 P

Notice that the reviews say it takes a lot of time and work to clean the machine, so that would probably discourage you from using it in the morning, too. What about cooking three or four "egg patties" on Sunday night and keeping them in the fridge to microwave on the mornings when you want them?

SUEMABE SparkPoints: (13)
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8/11/13 11:44 A

I'm tempted by this because I know I won't get out a skillet, a tuna can, and toast a muffin while making coffee and packing my lunch! I think using egg beaters would also be a good thing. But I would like to hear from someone who has one before I buy it. I'm waiting for the local Bed Bath & Beyond to stock it so I can use my 20% off coupon.

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
6/9/13 4:50 P

I watched a demo on the Hamilton Beach website. You can do the same thing with appliances you already have in the same amount of time in my opinion.(If you already have a stove and a toaster) I try not to clutter my kitchen with too many things anymore though. If you would get a lot of use out of it then I say go for it!

ANARIE Posts: 13,125
6/9/13 4:43 P

Do you have room for an appliance that only does one thing?

I have always lived in places with tiny kitchens, so one of my few rules is "No single-purpose appliances." The exception is a toaster. I've found that usually if there's a gadget I think I want, I can figure out a fast, cheap DIY version.

For this one, the only thing it does that's special is cook your egg in the right shape to fit your English muffin. You can do that yourself by taking the top and bottom off of a tuna can, setting it in your skillet, and pouring the eggs into it. (They also make egg-cooking rings with a handle for about $5 for a set of 4, but that takes up room in the kitchen drawers.) That will leave room in the skillet for the Canadian bacon or ham. Pop your muffin in the toaster, and it will all be done in 5 mins just like the machine takes. And it will be much easier to wash your skillet than to clean that machine.

If you have plenty of space in your cabinets and $25 doesn't ding your budget any, then get the machine and have fun with it. If it's a stretch to your wallet or your kitchen space, though, it's really easy to DIY.

SONICB Posts: 4,345
6/9/13 4:33 P

Sounds like a hassle to warm up and clean every morning... As an alternative, you can prepare a batch of homemade egg mcmuffins in your oven, wrap them individually in wax paper, freeze them for storage, and nuke them in the microwave every morning.

KEEPGOINGEMILY SparkPoints: (20,552)
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6/9/13 2:22 P

I like checking out for reviews, there are usually some for just about whatever you can think of!

LABMOM56 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/9/13 2:16 P

Just saw this Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker advertised in a Target ad for $25. Is anyone using one of these? Looks likes a egg mcmuffin. I eat breakfast at work and this would be a quick fix to take with me. Any reviews???

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