Maureen Hoff
November 24, 2015 7:43 pm

Are you looking for a way to burn your house down this weekend? Wonderful! We’ve found the perfect method, and you ruin a grilled cheese in the process.

A woman named Suzanne Dale noticed a grilled cheese life-hack on her Facebook feed, and she put it to the test. The results were disastrous.

Dale spoke about her experiment to the Daily Mail, saying  “I just thought ‘oh I’ll try that.’ I don’t know why, I have griddles and everything to make cheese on toast. I thought it might be a faster way of making cheese on toast.”

And oh boy, was the process faster! Dale followed the instructions from the Facebook post, flipping her toaster on its side to melt the cheese without it dripping into the actual toaster. It only took a couple of minutes for the toaster to start smoking, and this caused Dale to flee her residence.

So, in the end, Dale’s kitchen nearly burnt to the ground. And it took emergency respondents 20 minutes to put out the fire. No one was injured in the fire, and despite the embarrassing nature of the situation, Dale was able to see the humor, and took to Facebook to share the tale. “Time for a trip to Argos… ….!!…. PLEASE SHARE.. !!… there must be other people as daft as me.. !! x.”

Others have also documented their experience:

This particular grilled cheese hack has been floating around the Internet for awhile —last January, professional chef Jamie Oliver wrote up a toast recipe for The Guardian, “How to make toast, the Jamie Oliver way,” and in the article, he included the hack:

Noooo, Jamie Oliver! Noooo! According to New York mag, this trick existed before Oliver made it popular, though. The year before in April, The London Fire Brigade had to put out an apartment fire that started in the UK. One of the crew members reported, “Toasters are not designed to be put on their side and used to grill cheese on toast. Not only does it generate heat onto the work surface as we saw at this incident but the dry left over crumbs from the bottom of the toaster can get onto the hot elements and ignite.”

Makes sense.

The bottom line? If you want a grilled cheese, do it the old fashioned way. Or stop by your favorite diner and order it there —just DO NOT try making a cheesy sandwich by turning your full toaster on its side. Just don’t.

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