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Toaster bakes bread while humidifying it

By Masaru Yoshida

Balmuda Inc has developed a toaster equipped with a humidifying function. The Balmuda the Toaster is a new toaster that generates water vapor inside it and finely controls the pattern of temperature change. It can bake both sides of a slice of bread well while keeping enough amount of moisture in it, the company said.

The toaster has two major features. First, it is equipped with a boiler using a mica heater in the lower front side in addition to a pair of conventional bar-shaped heaters located on each of the upper and lower sides. Second, it controls inside temperature with its own heating patterns.

The user of the toaster supplies 5cc of water through the water supply port located on the top face before baking bread. When it begins operation, it starts to be filled with water vapor by the boiler, forming a thin water layer on the surface of the bread. As a result, the surface of the bread is lightly baked by the upper and lower heaters first, keeping moisture inside it. Then, the bread continues to be heated to warm up the inside. After that, its surface is browned at a high temperature to finish the cooking.

By adjusting the time when steam is generated and the timing of applying electricity to the upper and lower heaters, the toaster can make a toast full of contrast that has a good scent from the surface and enough moisture inside, Balmuda said.

The toaster comes with four heating patterns: (1) the "toast mode," (2) "cheese toast mode," (3) "French bread mode" and (4) "croissant mode." In the toast mode, for example, a slice of bread is baked at a temperature of about 60°C to pregelatinize starch and improve the softness and flavor of the bread and, then, at a temperature of about 160°C to make the surface turn light brown and warm up the inside of the bread. Lastly, the temperature is raised to about 220°C to brown the surface and improve its flavor.

Because the temperature at which a slice of bread can be warmed up and the temperature that can brown its surface differ depending on the kind of the bread and ingredients, the toaster controls the temperature so that the flavor of any kind of bread can be maximally improved, Balmuda said.

In addition to the four modes, the toaster comes with the "classic mode," in which bread is heated with a constant heater output as in the case of conventional toasters. The output level in the classic mode can be selected from 300, 600 and 1,300W.

The price of the toaster is ¥22,900 (excluding tax. Balmuda will start to ship it in mid-June.

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I like my toast very dry, so would never buy this. Sounds a useless gadget to me

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This invention is also useless for me. There is no crusty bread in Japan - it all tastes like cake to me

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I read as I hoped it was to "cook" bread from dough. I usually toast left overs of bread, so they are dry and I slightly 'wet' them before toasting, so it gives the result they describe. That would have been great as a domestic oven is usually too dry for it and I try to solve that by spritching water its the walls and putting inside a cup with icecubes just when I put in the dough but it's not like a pro oven..

There is no crusty bread in Japan

You went there in the 1940's ? There were no macdos either I guess.

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