You Probably Never Knew This Easy Way To Remove Stuck Toast From A Toaster

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. If that's the case, then toast is the MVP of breakfasts. Whether you prefer avocado toast, cinnamon toast, French toast, or toast with an assortment of different toppings, it's hard to imagine breakfast (or brunch) that doesn't involve toast in some way. Even when enjoyed at its most basic level, a plain slice of toast slathered with a bit of butter perhaps, there's something just so satisfying, owing perhaps to the Maillard reaction and how it makes toast taste so much better than just plain bread (via The Atlantic).

One downside, as anyone who's ever tried to operate a toaster in the morning can attest to, is when that piece of toast decides to get stuck inside the depths of your toaster, which can lead to all sorts of frustration. Luckily, there's an easy way to remove stuck toast from a toaster that most people probably don't know about. And it's super easy.

Use the levers on your toaster to lift up the toast

Most toasters have a lever on the side. It's what you press down on to get the bread into the toaster and closer to the heating element to begin with. Well, it turns out that most of these levers can also lift up, in addition to pressing down, explains New York Post. So the next time you get a piece of toast stuck, simply lift the lever up above its resting position. It should give you an extra inch or so, which might just be enough to grab that errant piece of toast.

What you shouldn't ever do is to try to remove the stuck toast by sticking a metal knife or fork into your toaster, especially while it's still plugged in, as you could end up shocking or electrocuting yourself, warns Home Cooking Tech. You also run the risk of damaging the toaster itself with the sharp ends of the knife or fork. You could invest in wooden toast tongs or a side-loading toaster, according to Time 4 Toast. However, with the easy lever trick, you won't need to buy a new toaster or yet another gadget. Though you might want to consider using thinner slices of bread next time.