Sandwich-maker appliances are a quick, no-muss-no-fuss way to create grilled sandwiches. With two cooking surfaces (a base and a hinged lid) you can toast both sides of your sandwich simultaneously. There are an array of brand names available, but the appliances operate in similar ways, regardless of which model you own. As with all appliances, you should place your sandwich maker on a hard, flat surface away from water and near an available electrical socket.
Remove any adhesive labels and wipe the sandwich maker clean with a damp cloth.
Open the lid to reveal the top and bottom cooking plates. Pour about a teaspoon of vegetable oil onto the non-stick plates and use a paper towel to coat them entirely. Wipe away any excess.
Close the lid and plug the device into an available outlet to power it on. During preheating, the indicator light remain lit in red. The light turns green to indicate the correct temperature has been reached.
Open the lid and place your prepared sandwich on the bottom cooking plate. Close the lid and secure it with the safety latch. Allow to cook for approximately three to six minutes. (Longer cooking results in a more toasted sandwich.)
Open the lid and use a spatula to transfer your sandwich to a plate. Close the lid if you plan to make additional sandwiches -- otherwise unplug the device and allow the cooking plates to cool.
Wipe the sandwich maker clean with a soft cloth dampened with water.
Never submerge your sandwich maker in water.