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Old 03-16-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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My toaster is obsolete

So now that I'm on this low-carb diet and will be swearing off bread and grains, I've got a nice toaster that I don't know what to do with.

Should I get rid of the thing, or is there some use of a toaster on a low-carb diet I haven't thought of?
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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I would hang on to it.. Maybe you will have people in your house that are not on a low carb diet and could use it sometime.. Also, you may decide to try your hand at baking some low carb bread in the future (there are also some LC breads they sell at the store) and then may regret pitching it.. I would just put it up.. way back in the cabinet in case you find a need for it... I tend to keep things even though I am not using it though.. but in my experience as soon as I get rid of something that I feel I will never use I suddenly need it and then have to buy it again. lol
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:17 PM   #3
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I thought about the low-carb bread thing but that's probably not something I would do. If I'm going to get rid of bread, I'll get rid of *all* kinds of breads (and sandwiches). Otherwise I might be tempted to go back to the "bad" stuff now and then.

I like the idea of putting it away somewhere, just in case. Thanks for the idea!

The other thing I was thinking of was finding someone who could use a toaster for a Christmas present. I could clean it up real nice and give it away. But pretty much everyone I know already has a toaster, so that seems like a slim chance.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:32 PM   #4
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I got rid of mine! I've been back and forth on LC for years, so it was "in mothballs" for a lot of the time anyway.

But bread and me are no longer friends, and I needed the storage space. No regrets. I still have an oven if some unforeseeable toaster emergency crops up.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:38 PM   #5
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Just curious, what did you do with it? Throw it away? Give it to charity? Drop it off at Aunt Selma's?

If the one I had was an ordinary toaster, I might just toss it or drop it off at Goodwill, but it's a really nice one I got at Macy's a few years ago and I'd feel kinda cruddy if I didn't give it to some worthy individual.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:43 PM   #6
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Mine was a cheapo that I didn't mind tossing. I took it to Goodwill.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:20 AM   #7
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I've kept mine (stored in a cabinet rather than on the counter). I've used it several times when I've had houseguests. I don't know anyone else who eats low carb, and my guests usually like toasted muffins at breakfast.

Since the toaster is a good one, is paid for, and takes up little space, it seems silly to get rid of it when it is useful for family and friends who visit.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:34 AM   #8
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I am keeping mine for guests. I have a friend who hates coffee (as does her husband) but she keeps a coffee maker in the back of a cupboard and some grounds in the freezer and I do appreciate it when I visit! I figure I can pay her back with toast :-) However, this thread made me realize mine has been taking up useless counter space for weeks...time to head to the back of a cupboard
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keep it. I swore off all breads also but since being on plan a very long time I found the great low carb bread company and YUM with no bad effects. Toast is back in my life.

but if you aren't going to ever buy it again, goodwill is best.

but storing it is a great idea cause ya never know who might need toast one day and why buy another
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:24 AM   #10
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I say store it for now if you have the space. Otherwise donate it to a thrift store. I love my toaster oven better than my toaster anyway. I picked it up at the Salvation Army for $1.50. It was made in the 70's by the looks of things, but back then appliances were made to last unlike a lot of the cheap stuff made now.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:50 AM   #11
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I use our toaster for oopsie rolls, protein bread and my own LC bread (based on a Maria Emmerich recipe).

All are really nice toasted! But since you aren't going to have any kind of bread, my recommendation is to keep it and have guests use it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:03 AM   #12
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I make flax minute muffins, then slice them and put in the toaster. Yummy with cream cheese. I say keep it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:05 AM   #13
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Get rid of it and use the counter space for a toaster oven...I use mine to cook everything from taost for family to small meals...I even bake bacon in it when I don't want to mess up the kitchen with grease splatters.

I might give it away or sell but not regift if it has been used...someone may be offended if they find out. jmo
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #14
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I love my toaster, it looks so good in my kitchen. It's not going anywhere, I'll just use it for different things now.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:06 PM   #15
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Alright it's decided I'll keep it. Now the only question is whether to leave it on my kitchen counter as a decoration (it *is* a nice-looking toaster, after all), or put it in storage somewhere.

EDIT: The toaster oven idea above is a definite possibility.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:40 PM   #16
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I just realized today another kitchen appliance I haven't used since I started this diet: My microwave oven.

That one, alas, I can't get rid of since it's a built-in one above my stove. But I'm sure I'll also find a use for it now and then.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:48 PM   #17
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You could always consider your microwave as just another cabinet, and store the toaster in it! That way, the toaster would not be on the counter, but you would know where it was if guests came and you needed it.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:13 PM   #18
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LOL! Good idea!
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I'd opt for the clean kitchen counter and put it the way you would with a hand mixer since it's not something you use every day.

Toaster ovens are great options - I use mine for quick heat ups, etc.
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I rarely use mine anymore. Even when I make the occasional loaf of low carb bread, I heat it up on the stove top with some butter. But I keep it anyway. Toaster oven is a great idea though. Back when I lived in a group setting with limited access to a kitchen, I had a cookbook called "toaster oven recipes." I recall it had tons of real meals you could make in there.
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I put my toaster in an old cake pan (to catch crumbs) and then put it at the back of the hard to reach cabinet over my fridge. My dad still likes to have toast when he visits.
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