Our previous article touched on some of the simple recipes that you can fix in a toaster oven. The great thing about these countertop ovens is how versatile they are. They have the convenience and small size of a microwave but they also have the functionality to cook many different types of meals of your full sized oven. For preparing something quick and delicious there really is no substitute for having a toaster oven in your home.
There are many positive reasons that your countertop should have one of these ovens, below are just a few examples:
Easy To Use – Modern toaster ovens now come equipped with LCD displays and intuitive controls that make finding the perfect setting a breeze. Whether you want to roast a chicken or reheat some pizza there is bound to be a preset function at your fingertips. Some of the higher end models even adjust the time and temperature automatically so you don’t have to. It is truly a set it and forget it experience.
Energy Savings – A smaller oven needs less time to preheat and some ovens don’t need any time to get up to the proper cooking temperature. A smaller interior requires less heating and thus requires less energy to operate. In the long run the energy savings can wind up covering the cost of the oven.
More Than Toast – While they do toast bread, a toaster oven can generally do a lot more. They come with functions like; roast, cook, bake, reheat, toast, bagel, broil, to name a few. These a full featured cooking machines that are able to help you prepare delicious meals and side dishes like you would in your conventional oven.
Easy To Clean – Being smaller also has the advantage of being easier to clean. With non stick interiors, a simple wipe down with a wet cloth can get the toaster oven looking like new. Stainless steel exteriors also make it hard to food to stick to the machine. A couple of minutes to with a rag and you can have it looking shiny without worrying about caked on food sticking to everything.
Modern Styling – Today’s countertop toaster ovens are also designed to have a modern look. The stainless steel body not only serves a function but it also makes it look sleek. From modern to classic, these ovens are sure to fit any type of kitchen with futuristic eye appeal.
If you would like to take your cooking with a countertop oven to a whole other level then you will want to get one with a convection setting. This means that there is a fan in the oven that will circulate hot air which in turn will help speed up the cooking time. This also has the advantage of ensuring that the food is cooked evenly on all sides and there are no hot or cold spots on your food. It will also let you use lower temperatures which could boost energy savings even more.
Even though your favorite traditional oven recipes may need some adjusting for time and temperature, a convection oven can really help speed up the process of preparing tasty homemade meals for you and your family.
Brands such as Breville, Cuisinart, and Kitchenaid make terrific convection countertop ovens that are worth consideration. Going through the recent convection toaster oven ratings over at the Gourmet Worrier shows just how tight the battle for the top spot truly is. While Breville has a line of toaster ovens that is exceptional, Cuisinart is slowly catching up and they also have some superb convection ovens that we highly recommend. It really is hard to make a bad choice when it comes to buying one of these appliances as long as you stick with the names at the top.
While there is a lot of reasons that you should buy a toaster oven, there are also some aspects that might prevent you from pulling the trigger on a new small appliance purchase.
Price – This is always the biggest detriment to shopping. If you already have a full sized range you may just not see the need to spend more money on another machine to cook your food. Toaster ovens can typically range from $50 up to $400, so cost is definitely a factor.
Countertop Space – Most of us do not have big kitchens, so finding room on the counter can be a challenge. This usually means that something up there already will have to find a new home in a cabinet. Rearranging the kitchen just may not seem all that appealing to warrant a new oven.
Are You Missing Out?
If you like to think of yourself as an amateur chef who loves to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then you will probably get a lot of use out of a higher end toaster oven. If you think that cooking a meal is too much work then why wouldn’t you want something that could give the same results but with less effort and time. Do miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the food you prepare even more.