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Offline SquarishTriangle

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Hi everyone! I finally have internet again (whew!) after moving house and starting my new life as an employed person. :)

I was sitting in the staffroom at work the other day during lunch and staring at the sandwich toaster, as you do. It seemed to contain small remnants of every ingredient from every lunch it had ever produced. I'm pretty sure the entire food pyramid was there in various burnt, melted, and squashed form. So my question is:

Would I be better off using the sandwich toaster as is, risking eating bonus bits of really old, repetitively cooked food, or should I clean it first with that semi-disintegrated sponge in the sink while the toaster is cooling down from its last use?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 03/02/2011 14:46:36 »
The bacteria stuck to the grill should be cremated, whereas the sink sponge/cloth ranks #3 on the bacteria top 30 ...

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Researchers visited 35 U.S. homes, swabbing for bacteria in 32 locations in each home.

Here's how those spots ranked, in terms of the average number of bacteria per square inch. Spots with the same average number of bacteria have the same rank.

   1. Toilet bowl: 3.2 million bacteria/square inch
   2. Kitchen drain: 567,845 bacteria/square inch
   3. Sponge or counter-wiping cloth: 134,630 bacteria/square inch
   4. Bathtub, near drain: 119,468 bacteria/square inch
   5. Kitchen sink, near drain: 17,964 bacteria/square inch
   6. Kitchen faucet handle: 13,227 bacteria/square inch
   7. Bathroom faucet handle: 6,267 bacteria/square inch
   8. Bathroom sink, near drain: 2,733 bacteria/square inch
   9. Pet food dish, inside rim: 2,110 bacteria/square inch
  10. Kitchen floor, in front of sink: 830 bacteria/square inch
  11. Toilet floor, in front of toilet: 764 bacteria/square inch
  12. Kitchen countertop: 488 bacteria/square inch
  13. Bathroom countertop: 452 bacteria/square inch
  14. Garbage bin: 411 bacteria/square inch
http://www.webmd.com/news/20070625/top-spots-for-bacteria-at-home

If it's one of those toasted sandwich makers its greatest health hazard is burning your mouth with the scalding hot sandwich filling.
« Last Edit: 03/02/2011 14:53:56 by RD »
 

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« Reply #2 on: 03/02/2011 15:07:36 »
agree with RD - but would add that the burnt black bits (whilst possibly carcinogenic) are absolutely delicious and what makes a toasted sandwich perfect.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 03/02/2011 20:33:00 »
Welcome back ST!

I agree with RD and Imatfaal. If you are nervous about it, you could run it through a couple of sterilizing cycles to get it really toasy before you put your food in it. That should pretty much kill anything.

I'd also throw the sponge in the trash while nobody is looking. You'll be doing yourself and your colleagues a favor if you do. 
 

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« Reply #4 on: 05/02/2011 22:32:20 »
Thnaks Geezer!

That not be a bad idea. I guess I can settle for a little surprise flavouring.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 06/02/2011 05:41:15 »
I guess I can settle for a little surprise flavouring.

So some Goolden-esque descriptions of flavour are due, (Jilly Goolden spoofed here  :) )
 

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