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Old-fashioned toasters like this

are not uncommon in Spain. They have only one resistance in the centre, so you have to turn the toast around after one side has been toasted. That's a disadvantage over "box" toasters with resistances on both sides of slots. They also don't have a timer, nor can you regulate the heat.

The advantage is the absence of moving parts. "Box" toasters have automatic spring-loaded slots with moving parts that can get jammed of break. In this case The toast is loaded from the sides instead of inserted in a slot, so this design is more robust.

However, a box with a resistance only in the middle is the worst of both worlds... Cargo cult manufacturing indeed. You would expect them to reverse-engineer the devices they're copying...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 10th, 2009 at 10:42:09 AM EST
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I had a wonderfully efficient mechanical beater that you clamped to the edge of the table. You turned a large cogged wheel with a handle on the wheel that transferred the energy through a simple gear. The two interlocked beaters could be twisted out of the gear for washing. Simple, efficient and cheap.

It is now on the island where we try to do without electricity during the summer, although there's a PV panel for minimal lighting that is somewhat safer than candles or fueled lamps with kids around.

The only electric kitchen gadget I have is a zapper, or 600 watt handheld blender with a tiny sharp propellor blade in a shallow housing. Ideal for purées and soups.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Mar 10th, 2009 at 11:02:37 AM EST
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