Toasting the toaster oven

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Forever, I’ve been powering up my big ole wall mounted oven to toast one measley piece of bread in the morning.  Yesterday, I overheard Martha Stewart singing the praises of the toaster oven for convenience and very real savings on utility costs.

I headed out to Wal-mart and picked one up for only $18. It not only “toasts” but bakes up to temperatures of 450 degrees.  I may never use my big oven again – well except around

the holidays. Toaster ovens will keep your electricity bill lower than traditional range ovens and don’t heat up the kitchen during the warm summer months.

I purchased a Rival oven that comes with its own little pan for toast, pizza, etc.  It also cooks more quickly than the conventional oven because you don’t have to wait to heat it up.  Given the new toaster oven, my crock pot and microwave, I’m wondering why I even need the conventional oven.

Essentially, when using a counter top device rather than an conventional oven, a toaster oven will use about half the energy, while a microwave uses about one third of the energy.  

If you trying to “go green” you would be wise to use the toaster oven, especially if you’re an empty nester cooking for one or two people.

Tips for Buying and Using a Microwave or Toaster Oven

There are a few things to keep in mind so that you can get the most energy efficient device.
– When purchasing, keep eye on the wattage when comparison shopping. Go for a device that is on the lower end of the power consumption range. Just because it’s a higher watt device doesn’t automatically mean it will cook better. Also, if you’re going to be using the device on a daily basis, go with convection – the air circulation will cook food more evenly and at a more thorough temperature.

– For microwaves, use them for reheating food or for food that cooks quickly, rather than larger meals. Cooking up a frozen lasagna or a potato in a microwave is actually not more efficient than using the oven.

– For toaster ovens, treat it like an oven. For instance, preheating can be helpful but not always necessary. If you feel you have to preheat, minimize the amount of time spent warming up the toaster oven. Also, it’s better to use this for reheating and smaller meals. For large meals, go for a big one-potter in the conventional oven or crock pot so you have left-overs. It will ultimately be more energy efficient.

6 thoughts on “Toasting the toaster oven

  1. I just bought one today in Foley! I’m with you – tired of heating up the stove for just me! My neighbors say theirs cooks some things better than their stove.

  2. YES! I loved using ours at home in the hot months, in particular.

    I also discovered I could more easily get a multi-item dinner out and everything warm at the same time using a combination of all of our cooking equipment. Takes a little planning, but I like all the food to be hot when served.


  3. What kind did you get Lota? Mine is a cheapo Rival but does just fine.Now if they’ll just start making pizzas in a 5 by 9 inch rectangle.

  4. I got a $55 Black & Decker. It wasn’t exactly an impulse buy because I had been thinking about getting one. It was black and matched my other appliances, so I went ahead and purchased it without shopping around (especially now that I received my first SS check!.)

  5. Isn’t it wonderful? Wonder how long we can count on Social Security?

    I can’t help but remember the old days when we couldn’t imagine being this old. My memories of you are when we
    laid in your room and listened to The Lettermen and dreamed of the future. Still waiting for “When We Fall in Love – It will be Forever.”

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