How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with an Iron

Grilled cheese sandwiches are easy and very affordable to make. However, if you do not have access to a stovetop or are lacking a frying pan, you may be thinking that you are unable to make one. But if you own an electric iron and have some aluminum foil, then you are in luck. Using an iron to make a grilled cheese sandwich is easy to do and requires less clean up than using the stovetop. Once you have assembled your ideal grilled cheese sandwich, simply wrap it in foil and use the heated iron to press and cook it.

EditIngredients
1 tbsp (14.2 g) of butter, softened

2 slices of bread

2 slices of cheese

1-2 slices of deli ham (optional)

1 tomato, thinly sliced (optional)

1 apple, thinly sliced (optional)

Yields 1 sandwich

EditSteps
EditAssembling Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Turn on your electric iron and set it to a medium heat. Rest your electric iron on a heat resistant surface, like on a baking sheet. Then, set it to a medium heat, and allow it to heat up while you prep your sandwich. Refer to the manufacturer instructions for how to operate your particular iron if needed.[1]
Do not set your electric iron to the steam setting, as this will not effectively toast your bread.

Place 2 slices of bread onto a plate to begin making your sandwich. Pick 2 slices of your favorite bread to use for your grilled cheese sandwich. Try to use a dense bread that does not have holes in it. Otherwise, the melted cheese won’t stay inside your sandwich.[2]
For a classic grilled cheese sandwich, use 2 slices of a soft white bread.

For a sandwich with an extra crunch, choose sliced ciabatta, multigrain, or sourdough bread.

For a sandwich with a more earthy bite, use rye or pumpernickel bread.

Spread 1/2 tbsp (7.1 g) of softened butter onto 1 side of both bread slices. Use a butter knife to help spread the softened butter evenly across the bread. Do not feel pressured to use the entire 1/2 tbsp (7.1 g) of butter, but make sure that the surface is completely coated. Otherwise, the bread will not brown properly under the heat of the iron.[3] Instead of butter, consider using margarine or another butter substitute to coat the bread.

Repeat this process with another 1/2 tbsp (7.1 g) of softened butter for your second slice of bread.

Add 2 slices of cheese in between the unbuttered sides of the bread slices. Flip 1 of the slices of bread over, so the buttered side is against the plate. Layer 2 slices of your favorite cheese onto the bread.[4] Refrain from using more than 2-3 slices of cheese, as the melted cheese will leak out of your sandwich and stick to the foil.[5]
Choose slices of American cheese for a classic grilled cheese sandwich or use slices of a sharp cheddar cheese for a stronger taste.

Make your grilled cheese creamier by using slices of mozzarella or make it tangier by using Swiss cheese or provolone.

Include sliced cold cuts, fruits, or vegetables to add texture. Transform your plain grilled cheese sandwich by slipping in slices of cold cuts, fruits, and vegetables between the 2 slices of cheese. The heat from the sandwich will warm the additional components and cover them in delicious melted cheese.[6] Place 1-2 slices of deli ham between American or Swiss cheese to give the sandwich a saltier taste.

Add slices of tomato between pieces of mozzarella or provolone to contrast the creaminess of the cheese.

Pair thin slices of apples with a sharp cheddar cheese to cut its bitterness and add a juicy sweetness to the sandwich.

Place the unbuttered side of your second slice of bread on top of the cheese. Take your second slice of bread and rest the unbuttered side against the layered cheese. Refrain from pressing the sandwich together as this will remove some of the butter coating.[7]
Repeat this assembling process for any additional sandwiches you would like to make.

EditCooking the Sandwich with an Iron
Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil to create a barrier from the iron. Use your sandwich to size the piece of aluminum foil, and then cut it. Place your sandwich in the center of the foil, and carefully fold the edges of the foil inward to completely encase the sandwich.[8] The foil will not only create a protective barrier between the hot iron and the buttered bread, but it will also catch any melted cheese that oozes out while cooking.

Set the wrapped sandwich onto a baking sheet to protect your work surface. Avoid melting or damaging your work surface with the heat from the iron by placing the sandwich onto a baking sheet. Put 1-2 pot holders underneath the baking sheet to keep it from slipping if needed.[9]
Instead of a baking sheet, use a heat-resistant cutting board. These are typically made out of stone or wood and can be purchased in the kitchen section of your local department store or online with major retailers.

Place the hot iron on top of your sandwich and leave it to cook for 4 minutes. Position the wide bottom portion of the iron on top of your bread, as the triangular top will not cover the bread fully to cook it evenly. Allow the weight of the iron to press down on your sandwich. Refrain from adding any additional pressure with your hand, as this may cause the cheese to squeeze out of your sandwich.[10] Different iron brands can heat up at different temperatures. If you are worried that you may burn the bread, check on the sandwich after letting it cook for 2 minutes. Continue toasting it for the remaining 2 minutes as needed. Make sure to use potholders when handling the sandwich because the foil will be hot.[11]

Use potholders to flip the sandwich and cook the second side for 4 minutes. Carefully flip your sandwich over using potholders. Then, place the wide bottom portion of the iron on top of the sandwich and let the second side cook for 4 minutes. If you needed more or less time to cook the first side of the sandwich, make sure to account for that when cooking the second side.[12] Your sandwich will be toasted on both sides and slightly flattened with the cheese completely melted when it is finished cooking.

Remove the iron and turn it off when your sandwich is finished cooking. Make sure to place the hot iron back onto a heat-resistant surface to avoid damaging your work surface. Allow the iron to cool off completely before storing it.[13]

Let the sandwich rest for 1-2 minutes before unwrapping and serving it. Be careful as you unwrap the sandwich, as the steam trapped within the foil will be hot. Place your grilled cheese sandwich onto a serving plate, and enjoy![14]
Use your butter knife to cut the sandwich in half to make it easier to eat.

Repeat the cooking process as needed for any additional sandwiches. As long as the foil does not have any holes in it, reuse the same piece of foil to make multiple sandwiches.[15]

EditTips
The temperature range can vary slightly between iron brands. Check on your sandwich halfway through the cooking time to make sure you are not burning the bread. Continue cooking it as needed until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.[16]
EditWarnings
Be careful not to burn yourself when using the iron, and make sure to rest it on a heat-resistant surface to avoid damaging your working space. Let the iron cool off completely before putting it away.[17]
EditThings You’ll Need
Electric iron

Aluminum foil

Butter knife

Baking sheet or a heat-resistant cutting board

Potholders

Measuring spoons and cups

Serving plate

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Historical Events

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1960 – Biathlon debuts at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Klas Lestander from Sweden becomes the first Olympic champion ahead of Finland’s Antti Tyrväinen and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov
1980 – British figure skater Robin Cousins wins men’s singles gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; goes on to pro career, TV analysis and stage performance and production
1981 – “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured

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1937 – Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
1946 – Alan Rickman, English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2016)
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1920 – Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
1945 – Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
1965 – Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39
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How to Become a Dance Teacher

With the proper credentials and training, “dancing through life” doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Many people make a living doing what they love, and if dance is your passion, you can make a great career out of dance instruction. Whether you want to teach in schools, at fitness centers, or in private studios, you can do so by becoming a trained dancer, pursuing teaching credentials, and applying for jobs.

EditSteps
EditBecoming a Trained Dancer
Enroll in dance classes. Look up dance academies in your area and explore what kind of classes are available near you. If you are in high school or college, enroll in dance classes offered at your school. Working with an instructor will help you to improve your form and learn proper foundations in various dance forms.
Depending on what kind of dance you are interested in, opportunities will vary. Many ballet dancers begin training very young, while starting later in other dance forms (ballroom, modern, salsa) is typical.

Some dance companies offer intense summer training programs. These are a good option to advance quickly in your training.[1]

Make use of free and low-cost training opportunities. If you’re in high school, classes offered at school are a great free option to get started with. Watching choreography videos online is totally free, and practicing these routines at home can improve your ability to remember choreography.
Check out community centers, churches, and studios to see if they offer free classes.

Join dance communities through your classes. Going to classes regularly at the same studio can help you to make friends who are also pursuing careers in dance or dance education. Follow the Instagram accounts of teachers and studios and try to talk to the people in your classes to stay inspired and build a support network.[2]
To strike up a conversation with someone after class, try complimenting their performance in the class or asking how long they’ve been taking classes at the studio.

The instructors at your studio could make great mentors in your journey to become a dance teacher. Try inviting your instructor out to coffee, getting to know them better, and maybe asking if they will mentor you.

Practice dance outside of your classes. To become a dance teacher, you’re going to need to commit yourself to a lot of training, in and out of class. You can use your time wisely by rehearsing outside of classes as well as in them. Find space in studios or gyms to practice in front of mirrors, and try creating your own movements and choreographing pieces to advance your skills.

EditPursuing Teaching Credentials
Get a dance teacher certification for instructing at private studios. Teacher certifications will help you understand important teaching techniques and methodologies for dance instruction.[3] Private studios will sometimes allow experienced dancers to teach without a certification, but a teaching certificate will most likely give you a leg up in the application process.[4]
In the UK, you will most likely need a specialized qualification based on subject from the Council for Dance Education and Training.[5]
In the US, programs vary. Some popular dance teacher certification groups are the Royal Academy of Dance, the American Ballet Theatre, the National Dance Teachers Association of America, and the American Tap Dance Foundation.[6]
If you are unsure if a certain certification is credible, you can check with local studios to see if they accept this certification.

Pursue a bachelor’s degree to expand your job opportunities. While a college degree is not required for work in most private studios, public schools and universities will be looking for candidates with bachelor’s degrees. If you are enrolled in college already, see what kinds of programs are offered at your college in education and dance.[7] If you are not, research dance education programs near you.
Many schools offer specific dance education degrees: the University of Texas at Austin, Illinois State, and Radford, for example.[8]
Many colleges also offer state-approved dance certifications for teaching in public schools. The National College Dance Directory is a good place to search for options within your state.[9]

Study for a fitness certification for gym positions. If you are serious about combining fitness training with dance, a certification can improve your craft and your chance of being hired to teach dance as fitness. There are a variety of certification programs, the American Council on Exercise being one of the most common in the US.[10]

Pursue a Master’s degree or PhD to instruct higher level dancers. A Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) or a PhD in dance education can open up job opportunities at the university level or in professional studios and improve your salary. An MFA is the highest creative degree in dance, while a PhD will involve scholarly research and writing about dance education.[11]
As you pursue a degree in higher education, it will be important to keep up with your dance training outside of scholarly work. This will help you stay in dancing shape, keep up on your form, and maintain your passion for dance instruction.

Ask prospective employers about education requirements. If you’re unsure exactly what education you’re going to need for jobs you have your eye on, you can go online or call employers to learn what they are looking for in a candidate. This can help you decide if and what education programs you want to pursue.
For instance, if the kind of job you want regularly requires bachelor’s degrees, you will need to consider this path.

EditApplying for Dance Teacher Jobs
Update (or create) your resume to include recent education and teaching experience. Your resume should be around one page and will begin with your name and contact info. In the body of the resume, include relevant dance training, teacher certifications, dance or education degrees, experience as an instructor, and any relevant special skills (acrobatic training or fitness certifications, for instance).

Search job forums and compare available dance teacher positions. Look on job sites like LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter or Indeed for dance teacher jobs. Compare job benefits and consider your values. For example, private studios may pay more money than schools or community organizations, but community organizations will allow you to work with underserved populations.
If you want flexible hours, you may consider working part-time at a studio.

If inspiring youth is a big reason you want to teach, you may value working with kids more than you value a higher salary.[12]

Apply to multiple dance teacher jobs. Applying to a variety of jobs will increase your chances of finding work. Send the required materials to each job you are considering. If you intend to stay in the same place, apply to local schools or studios, but if you are willing to move, you can expand your search and application process nationally.

Continue your dance education formally or informally. As you search for jobs or even once you are hired, it is always a good idea to keep learning and growing as an instructor. Continue taking classes at studios to grow informally, and consider pursuing further formal education (like a bachelor’s or master’s degree) if you wish to teach at a higher level or increase your salary.
Many dance studios will want to hire teachers who are versed in a variety of dance forms, so the bigger your repertoire, the more competitive you will be as an applicant.[13]

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