Warm as Toast: Life Without a Toaster

I've eaten toast for breakfast for as long as I can remember. But when I moved into my student dormitory in Weimar, Germany, there was no electric toaster to be found. Being a cheap student, I was going to do anything but pay for one. The following is a documentation of my search for alternative methods of toasting bread, featuring various heat-producing apparatuses that were already in my room.

This is not an exact science. For each method, I held the source of heat to the bread slice for as long as it took to get colour, or as long as it took before my morning toast patience would run out (10 minutes). The efficacy of each method was measured with a crunch test, a.k.a. the sound quality of a butter knife on the bread surface (you will soon see why I didn't actually eat them).



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