A retro snack that smacks of summer starts with a Toas-Tite sandwich press.

The gadget’s heyday was the late ’40s, but Toas-Tite is making an encore thanks to two sisters who loved sandwiches Mom made with it, and decided to replicate an original (die-cast aluminum press, steel rods, hardwood handles), including its vintage box and recipes.

Layer a bread slice in the press, add filling (cheese, fruit, cooked meat), then another bread slice. Close and toast over a stove top, grill or campfire. Our grilled cheese test? Simple and tasty.

A Toas-Tite is $29.95 at http://toastite.biz.

— Judy Hevrdejs

Chicago Tribune