Using A Toaster Oven

June 27, 2005

To save money on your power bill - use a toaster/convection oven to cook your meals and for your baking whenever possible. Mine will hold an 8x8 pan and has two racks. It keeps the kitchen cool as well.


By Annie

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October 8, 2010

I never thought I had a need for a toaster oven before, but I finally got one. I know my questions will sound stupid to existing users, so please excuse me. When making regular toast on the wire rack, shouldn't both sides brown? Also, a lot of frozen dinners (Hungry Man, for example) list 2 cooking methods, conventional oven and microwave. Is a toaster oven considered to be a conventional oven, and therefore able to cook this frozen dinner? Thanks!

By Lawrence Kramer


October 8, 20100 found this helpful

Unless you have a heating element on the top and bottom of the toaster oven you would have to turn the bread/toast. I can remember before my folks had electricity on their farm they made toast in the oven and my Mother had to turn it over.

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October 9, 20100 found this helpful

Check the settings on the toaster oven. Sometimes they have a setting just for toast which will utilize both the upper and lower elements to toast both sides.

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October 10, 20100 found this helpful

Redhatterb, my mom used the oven also to make us toast. Many times she would forget it and it would be slightly burned. I grew up with it more burned than not and that is still the way I like my toast.

Lawrence, yes, it would be considered a conventional oven but mine does not bake as well as my regular oven. I make the small pizzas in mine and a few other things. I really like it for certain things.

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October 10, 20100 found this helpful

No question is stupid if an answer is wanted, that said, the use of your oven depends on your particular oven. If it is a larger one and there are heating elements on both top and bottom then the bread should be toasted on both top and bottom. However, the side closer to the heating element will be browned first requiring the bread be turned over when the first side is browned. As for heating frozen dinners, again it depends on your oven. If it has temperature settings then it should be adequate for that. I am able to cook a 12" pizza, bake a pie or casserole, bake bread, or cook any kind of meat requiring an oven. Just experiment and watch closely at first and you will be able to learn just what your appliance is capable of. Good luck to you.

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October 12, 20101 found this helpful

I have a small toaster oven which is fine for cooking chicken, pork chops, meatloaf, or casseroles. It uses less energy than my electric oven. Just make sure the food does not touch the heating element. I use the temperature required for the recipe and just use less time. For two people this works great, and in the summer, who wants to heat their kitchen? I am sure you could go online for recipes, too. It's a great tool!

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September 8, 2010

Which uses less energy, a toaster oven or a regular electric kitchen stove oven?

By Ralph Mullins from Del Rio, TX


September 14, 20100 found this helpful

A toaster oven uses less.

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September 8, 2010

I am throwing around an idea of getting a Brivelle Toaster Oven. Would this be cheaper to run than my electric oven? I use this even for just my self.

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