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Advantages of a Toaster Oven

by Linda Stephen

Advantages of a Toaster Oven

The toaster oven has come a long way from being a glorified toaster that simply toasts bagels and open-face cheese sandwiches to an appliance that cooks everything from a roast chicken to muffins and casseroles — dishes that have traditionally been prepared only in a standard-sized oven. Many toaster ovens now include features such as touch-pad controls, defrost and reheat options, convection option, timers, clocks, easy-clean interiors, cool touch exteriors and more. There are even new microwave/toaster ovens and models that combine a toaster oven with a rotisserie and griddle.

Much smaller than a standard oven, this versatile appliance is convenient, space-saving and energy-efficient, and it is becoming a permanent item in many kitchens. Always a popular appliance for students, toaster ovens are now used by single professionals, young couples, empty-nesters, occasional cooks and retirees. They are a boon for large families, too — easily operated by kids, and a handy second oven when you are entertaining and need extra oven space.

When you buy, think beyond toasting and reheating. Consider your needs and how you would likely use your oven. Most ovens will toast, bake and broil. Some have defrost, reheat and convection options. Choose a well-known brand to ensure a good warranty and available servicing, if required.

 

ADVANTAGES TO A TOASTER OVEN:

A toaster oven is more energy efficient than a full-sized oven (using about half as much energy as a standard oven). It is also the fraction of the price of a standard oven.

Toaster ovens preheat very quickly. When I first used the toaster oven, I would turn it on before I started to do anything else (as instructed in many cookbooks), but the oven would reach the cooking temperature before I had even assembled my ingredients! Preheat just before you are ready to use the oven (many will preheat to 350°F/180°C in just three minutes).

Since the toaster oven doesn’t heat up the kitchen like a big stove or oven, it is especially good for use in the summer, at the cottage or in your recreational vehicle.

The toaster oven is easy to clean. The slide-out trays and easy-clean interior walls make tidy-up simple, especially if you wipe up any spills as soon as they occur.

A toaster oven is light and portable, and it takes up minimal counter space, making it ideal for galley kitchens, student digs, cottages or RVs (check your manufacturer’s manual for instructions on placement).

Many toaster ovens will defrost and reheat, but unlike a microwave, the toaster oven produces crisp and crusty results when desired.

 

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