If you want your toaster to do double duty warming up sandwiches, bagel spread and more, these crafty DIY toaster bags made from baking paper are just the ticket to a mess-free and multi-functional toaster.
Culinary tips and tricks blog The Kitchn highlighted Toastabag, a product designed to help you make sandwich melts and heat up things in your toaster without making a mess of the inside. Thrifty reader Jess wrote in with a more economical DIY solution:
I enjoyed your post about Toastabags. I was reluctant to run out and buy them without knowing if I'd really use them. Then it occurred to me that I could use parchment paper the same way as a Toastabag. I could rip off a piece and fold it into a pocket. So, I tried it with a slice of leftover pizza and it worked like a charm!
This is a hack best suited for wide-mouth toasters like bagel toasters. At minimum it allows you to try out whether or not commercial "toaster bags" would be a worthwhile investment before actually purchasing one. If it works well enough for you, you can skip the commercial models and fold your own at home.
Update: Parchment paper is better known as baking paper in Australia, as pointed out in the comments.