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Toasting the best wurst ever

The Local · 17 Nov 2010, 11:58

Published: 17 Nov 2010 11:58 GMT+01:00

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Marco Bruns and Felix Rennies believe Germany’s favourite sausage should crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. But after being disappointed by one bratwurst too many, they came up with the “Wurst Toaster” as the solution to what they considered a national food crisis of epic proportions.

Now the Bremen-based duo is hoping their invention will take Germany’s snack shops and petrol stations by storm starting next summer.

“When the bratwurst is done, it beeps three times and it pops out like a toaster,” said 25-year-old engineer Rennies, who developed the device in his cellar.

His 28-year-old partner Bruns handles the business side of their endeavour, which was recently won a government-backed prize for innovation.

Though Germans revere bratwurst, the two entrepreneurs found the national culinary treasure rarely tasted as good as it should. They now hope their invention will allow kiosks and other takeaway spots to provide sausage as tasty as those found at a summer barbecue.

“The ritual of grilling is important to us,” said the avowed sausage fan Bruns. “We’re thinking of your favourite pub, where you could have a beer and sausage all year round.”

The Wurst Toaster has two holes for the sausages, which are cooked vertically like toast. This allows perfect roasting from all sides. Rennies is still tinkering with the device, however, as the entrepreneurs hope to ease cleanup and cut the cooking time to under three minutes.

“Any longer is too much for selling sausage at a gas station,” said Bruns.

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Though the Wurst Toaster works with all kinds of bratwurst, the two are also developing a “smart” sausage that would offer optimal snacking results.

“It’s top secret just how the smartwurst cooks faster,” said Bruns.

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16:15 November 17, 2010 by Gretl
fraufruit - but then it wouldn't be German.....
16:48 November 17, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
This is a serious matter. A very serious matter. A bratwurst toaster? These guys are a disgrace... In the land of bratwurst, it's almost impossible to find a good, well-grilled wurst. I'm still searching for the rare imbiss, tankstelle, stadium, fair or market anywhere that sells a well made bratwurst that has been well grilled. Usually the wurst itself is an insult, at least here in Berlin, some factory manufactured tube of who-knows-what, the kind most often sold in markets, fairs, stadiums... those pencil-straight, brown-gray little nasties like in the picture above. Far too few places offer genuine, well-made Metzgerei wursts, and I've never had one that was really well grilled, slowly, patiently, lovingly... hmmmm... see the Brit Nigel Slater,

"a sausage must be hot and sticky... with that tacky, savoury goo that that you get when it has been cooked slowly. It must be sweet, savory, gooey and chewey and all at once. And it should be eaten slightly too hot..."

Come on, this is Germany, crummy little bratwurst toasters should be banned like crummy American beer and crummy toaster burgers. Eßt echte wurst!
21:53 November 17, 2010 by carlos1
there is a similar product already in the market, it is called "hotdog toaster" and it has never been very popular.
22:35 November 23, 2010 by XFYRCHIEF
@OkieinBerlin - Bravo! In a world where everything has to be fast, you are absolutely right. During our travels in Germany, we found a great range in the best and worst of the wurst. But a well grilled, slow cooked sausage, with a bit of really good senf, perhaps a bit of kraut, on a small freshly baked roll - wunderbar! And a really good, rich, and well crafted German beer on the side makes for a wonderful meal. Even here in the U. S. we have a traditional German Metzgerei where we go to get our sausages and senf. The only thing lacking is a really good roll. Ah, well, perhaps one more glass of beer...
23:54 November 26, 2010 by Wireless.Phil
I have to agree with OkieinBerlin, our American beer is the worst.

I live here and even I won't drink it unless its free and there is nothing else available. Then again even the imports that must meet US regulations are messed with, but drinkable.
12:14 November 27, 2010 by Petew
Please start exporting your finest sausages so we can have them in the UK. Don't eat them all yourselves. I have to agree that German beer is excellent, as is some of the finest English beers. However, I do despair when I see German youths drinking Bud Lite in Spain. I'm afraid that these lads may eventually become frightened of beer tasting of anything, like Americans often are.
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