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Toast crumbs
« on: 15/11/2005 12:42:13 »
Why do they stick to the plate? I had a couple of slices of toast with my brekkie & I had hell's own job washing the crumbs off. I had to use a scourer. The plate had been dry, the toast was so well-cooked it was almost burned - hence that was dry too (apart from the butter but the crumbs were on the plate before I buttered the toast) ... so why did the crumbs stick? 8)


 

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #1 on: 15/11/2005 13:19:51 »
What a great question Eth ?...we have all experienced that and i can empathise/sympathise...you really have to use brute force to get the critters off don't you.

Do you think the heat from the toast de-glazes the plate for a tiny amount and then when it cools down the toast crumb is almost ' fixed' onto it ?.....or perhaps something along those lines ?...I really hope we get an answer to this one.

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #2 on: 15/11/2005 17:26:17 »
maybe its just some freaky property of toast that occurs when its heated up? It doesn't happen when its cool and it doesn't happen with 'non bread' things like muffins (actually thats a thought muffins are bread based, aren't they???)

Does it happen with just white bread, brown bread or both? I don't know.

Has anyone conducted experiments in this line if so please contribute!

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #3 on: 15/11/2005 23:05:52 »
Hmmm, a very interesting question ...

It only happens when the toast is warm doesn't it?  (If the toast is already stone cold before you put it on your plate, it doesn't really stick.)

Which makes me wonder, could it be some sort of vacuum forming (in the microscopic cavities between the irregularly-shaped breadcrumbs and the plate) as it cools down?

Just a thought - perhaps not all that plausible.  But it must be something to do with heat.  (Maybe you could experiment with different temperatures of toast and with leaving it to cool for different lengths of time before trying to wash it off?)

Or try heating the plate up again (in a microwave, say) before trying to wash it?  (If that makes it easier, it could be a vacuum.  If it makes it harder, it's probably some chemical reaction caused by heating.)

Or, best of all, just do what I do - leave it for the wife to do the washing up.  (Just kidding my darling, just kidding ...)


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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #4 on: 15/11/2005 23:46:43 »
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Originally posted by Solvay_1927



Or, best of all, just do what I do - leave it for the wife to do the washing up.  (Just kidding my darling, just kidding ...)





Oh wow thanks Paul....we can all leave our washing up for Pauls wife to do...brill !!:D

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #5 on: 16/11/2005 00:59:20 »
It happens with brown bread too. Next time I have toast (which will probably be in a few minutes) I'll experiment some more.
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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #6 on: 16/11/2005 01:11:35 »
Update - it happens with white, wholemeal bread too. I haven't tried re-heating the plate yet. I'm leaving the washing-up until the morning: not because I'm a lazy bugger, but in the name of science [:o)]
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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #7 on: 16/11/2005 01:32:15 »
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Originally posted by DoctorBeaver

Update - it happens with white, wholemeal bread too. I haven't tried re-heating the plate yet. I'm leaving the washing-up until the morning: not because I'm a lazy bugger, but in the name of science [:o)]



This is fantatsic...Science is happening this very night !...What about other bread related goodies ?...and you should definitely send the question to the radio show....I am sure the answer is important and will be worthy of required reading at all good educational establishments !:D



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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #8 on: 16/11/2005 12:59:23 »
quote:
Oh wow thanks Paul....we can all leave our washing up for Pauls wife to do...brill !!


She says she'll do your washing up for only £10 an hour.  (Which I'm a bit miffed about, cos she charges me £15 an hour!)


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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #9 on: 16/11/2005 14:05:33 »
Update - microwaving the plate made no difference
 

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #10 on: 16/11/2005 21:28:28 »
for god sake its the most simple thing, the toast is heated and so releases steam the crums release steam and as the touch the plate it condenses causing it to go slightly soggy on a tiny scale, leaving it clinging to the plate  bada bing bada boom ill have my nobel peace prize now[:p]

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #11 on: 16/11/2005 22:19:36 »
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Originally posted by robotjesusbeta

for god sake its the most simple thing, the toast is heated and so releases steam the crums release steam and as the touch the plate it condenses causing it to go slightly soggy on a tiny scale, leaving it clinging to the plate  bada bing bada boom ill have my nobel peace prize now[:p]

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #12 on: 17/11/2005 18:13:24 »
hmm toast you say? ok but only if its warm and not stale!

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #13 on: 18/11/2005 16:02:13 »
I waited for the toast to go cold then put it on a plate. The crumbs still stuck so ner to robotjesusbeta's theory! [:p]
 

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #14 on: 18/11/2005 16:26:39 »
Even cold toast crumbs stuck to the plate? I didn't expect that.
Was the plate left in a humid atmosphere (so that the crumbs might have absorbed some moisture)?  Did the ambient temperature vary much while it was left on the plate?
(I can't believe I'm getting so fascinated by something so mundane as crumbs sticking to a plate!)


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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #15 on: 18/11/2005 18:17:15 »
I got stuck to the bed this morning. Is that because the bed was to cold?

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #16 on: 18/11/2005 19:07:21 »
I get stuck when the bed is warm and the world is cold :-)

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #17 on: 18/11/2005 20:39:49 »
Do my socks stick to the wall because I was wearing them when I ate the toast? [:o)]
 

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #18 on: 18/11/2005 22:48:30 »
I just put it down to stubborn crumbs !
...or perhaps they are sandpaper wannabes...

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #19 on: 18/11/2005 23:05:46 »
They're like little kids clinging to the sweet counter
 

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #20 on: 21/11/2005 00:22:41 »
The kids had toast yesterday, and left the plates for me to wash up (as usual). Before washing them, I brushed the crumbs off with my thumb - and they came off really easily.  Have you tried wiping the crumbs off the plate while they're dry (rather than putting them in water first). Does it work for you?  Or do we just have very compliant crumbs in our house?


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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #21 on: 21/11/2005 08:43:11 »
I have now noticed that Kingsmill crumbs brush off more easily than Tesco cheap bread. Kingsmill, per slice, seems lighter than the cheap stuff: maybe that's relevant. Could it have something to do with starch content?
 

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« Reply #22 on: 03/12/2005 18:51:46 »
ye gods have we really nothing better to talk about or do than toast crumbs?

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« Reply #23 on: 03/12/2005 20:06:13 »
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ye gods have we really nothing better to talk about or do than toast crumbs?

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Re: Toast crumbs
« Reply #24 on: 04/12/2005 02:25:17 »
Ye Gods, have we really nothing better to say than...

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ye gods have we really nothing better to talk about or do than toast crumbs?

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