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Tired of heating your regular oven every time you want to make a small meal or heat something up? An thrifty toaster oven is the answer!
Modern toaster ovens have moved past just toasting bread or bagels. They can bake, broil, and even convection cook everything from hamburgers, casseroles and baked goods to a four pound chicken with little effort. Toaster ovens are an economical and easy to use cooking supplement for today's bustling households.
Toaster Ovens: How to Choose the Best Toaster Oven
Toaster ovens come in lots of shapes and sizes and offer a smorgasbord of options. Consider the following tips when selecting a toaster oven:
Step 1: Digital Toaster Oven Controls or Dial Toaster Oven Controls?
Toaster ovens are controlled by a regular dial timer or an digital key pad with pre-set procedures. Many cooks find the electronic touch pads more easy to use and also provide a more precise setting option.
You oven can get a toaster oven to fit any price range and preference. Basic no-frills toaster ovens start at approximately $30. Numerous top-ranked are priced below $100. Upper-end multi-function toaster ovens normally average between $150-$300.
How it Cooks
If you're simply planning on using your toaster oven for toasting and heating dishes, one of the more basic models should fit the bill.
If you are looking for a toaster oven to use for baking or broiling, investigate models that cook using either a convection or infrared (or infrawave) warming feature. Convection heating uses a small fan to disperse hot air throughout the oven which helps brown food equally and can shorten cooking time by up to 30%.
Toaster ovens with infrared (infrawave) warming elements don't need pre-heating, which shortens cooking time. Infrared is also useful in accelerating the toasting procedure.
Simple to Clean
Toaster ovens with non-stick insides and continuous clean features make cleaning a cinch. Be sure to search for a removable crumb tray – front-access crumb trays are much more user-friendly to clean.
Many toaster ovens include an automatic turn off function. Some will simply chime a buzzer and continue to cook until you turn it off. The automatic turn off feature is extremely recommended!
For families with young kids, cool-touch sides are a desirable safety feature. The toaster oven's sides should not get too hot during use.
Counter Space & Capacity
Toaster ovens can be found in sizes ranging from as small as 10? x 10? to as large as 20? x 16?. More basic toaster ovens which are exclusively used for toasting or re-heating foods are generally smaller in both size and capacity.
If you're planning to bake brownies or roast larger cuts of meat in your toaster oven, you'll require a larger model. If unsure, definitely measure your counter space BEFORE you order your toaster oven!
Cuisinart TOB-155 Toaster Oven, Stainless and Black Too low to display
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