All we need is toast! The best camping toasters

One of our favourite things is a couple of slices of good bread, toasted and buttered, with a cup of coffee on the side. A simple pleasure, and even more of a joy when you’re sitting in your campervan or tent looking out at the sea.

So, how do we make perfect toast when camping? We’ve been testing all the camping toasters. Read on.

The Primus campstove toaster

This little Primus camping toaster folds flat and is about as neat as you can get. Here we are toasting hot cross buns over our trusty Campingaz Bivouac stove. It’s a bit of trial and error to toast rather than char your bread and you’ll have to hover it over the flame. One piece of bread on one side at a time, but it is fairly fast (a bit too fast on these buns because they were burning on the outside before they were warm in the middle). Only £12.

 

Sandwich toasters

Sandwich toasters are a bit bulky for lightweight camping, but very versatile if you have the space. You can make toast in the morning, a toasted sandwich for lunch and cook a meal for the evening. Use them to heat up pies and pasties too. From around £15.

Opt for one with a bag to keep things clean. For detachable handles, go for the £21-£27 Ridgemonkey Connect Compact or XL, which include a neoprene bag and utensils.

 

The ‘Just don’t bother’ toaster

Save your £5 (or less) and don’t buy one of these. We haven’t met a camper yet who’s managed to make brown toast in less than half-an hour. However, check the comments below – Chris thinks it works. Maybe some people have the knack. Ours, though, was pale and dry bread rather than toast after a VERY long time.

Use a frying pan?

Thanks to the readers who reminded us you can make toast in a dry frying pan. Even better, we use the griddle plate on our Cadac campstove to make tasty toast with those lovely char lines!

Bright Spark camping toaster

You can, in theory, toast two pieces of bread at a time (on one side) with this Bright Spark toaster. It’s designed to fit onto the portable cooker, but you could use it on any of these gas canister style campstoves. Would you want to, though? We weren’t impressed by the uneven cooking. Around just £7, so worth a shot.

Low wattage electric toasters

If you’ve got hook-up and the space, a low wattage electric toaster might be the answer. Most of these are VERY small, though, and you won’t be able to fit a decent-sized piece of bread in the slots. From around £15.

A built-in toaster and grill

Quite a few gas camping stoves come with grills underneath. They’re a bit tricksy because they always look as if you get full width toasting, when it’s a small section in the middle that heats up. They tend to be very slow. From around £40.

Simple toast

You don’t want to make a production out of your toast, so how about this for the lowest-tech answer? A simple toasting fork. OK, go high-tech, and get one with an extending handle if you must! 

Toasties without the mess

If you want to make toasted sandwiches without mess, then you’ll need some reusable toastie makers. Cheap and very easy to use. This pack of two bags costs around £3 and the bags can be used 100 times.

Workaround toast

A neat idea using a chip basket. 

The unique DeltaToast

A lovely-looking object, the DeltaToast is the brainchild of Ed Dulles, a real toast fan. Made of stainless steel, it’s a fold-flat square that opens to reveal an adjustable slot for bread or even a toastie bag. It sits on your gas (or some electric) stove and toasts on both sides at once.
 
The first piece is slow because the metal is heating up (7 minutes on our little Campingaz Bivouac stove but just under 4 minutes on our higher-powered gas Cadac).
 
The process does speed up for subsequent slices. You do get bread toasted on both sides at once, and it doesn’t dry the bread like some others do. It’s designed by Ed in the US and made in Italy. Costs around £35.
 

Now all you need is the right camping kettle. Pop along to discover our recommended campstove kettles.

 

Plus here are a couple of ideas for more delicious tea and coffee for your camping breakfasts.

Assuming you’re not a fan of instant coffee, have a look at the Wacaco Nanopresso for cafe-style, barista-quality coffee. Small, neat and makes delicious coffee.

We’ve often fallen back on shop-bought coffee bags because they’re so easy to use. BUT, there’s a lot of waste and plastic wrapping with them. So, make your own coffee bags (and your own teabags) before you go. Buy a pack of paper teabags, fill with tea leaves or ground coffee, fold over the top or pull the drawstring and store in a tub. Easy, economical and less waste. Oh, and you can even use these bags for herbs and spices. Brilliant!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Mary McGrory

    I use the Delta toaster and I think it is brilliant. I have owned every other toaster and think they are all different degrees of rubbish. The Delta toaster is expensive but it makes really good, evenly toasted toast.

  2. I’ve got a don’t bother toaster and it works fine. Not sure why you say it’s not possible to toast in under 39 mins. Mine does two slices in around 2 mins. I also have a toastie maker and to be honest it’s the best item you can get so very versatile.

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