Toaster ovens are very helpful to have in your kitchen and it goes along well with a conventional oven. It is helpful when all we need is a single piece of toast, or to keep some food warm while other foods are still cooking, and other small uses instead of using the big oven. A toaster oven is ideal for any kitchen because it is small, versatile and a money saver.
Because of its small size, a toaster oven can easily be placed on your countertop. You can also hang it underneath your cabinets from an attachment if you have enough space.
Toaster ovens come in different sizes. Be careful in checking out the size and determine whether the size refers to the size of the oven or the size inside the oven. The interior size will determine what will fit inside. Whatever size you choose will determine what kind of foods you can cook in your toaster oven. The biggest the toaster oven, the more expensive it is.
There are also different cooking elements in toaster ovens. Most toaster ovens come with a convection function. In this type heat is generated which is circulated throughout the oven be means of a fan. This creates an even cooking environment. It cuts down cooking time by a third so you save on time, electricity, and money.
There are traditional toaster ovens that use coiled heating elements, on the top, bottom, or on both. The best material for the heating elements is quartz because it creates even cooking. Get a tall traditional toaster oven so that heating coils are not right on top of the food you are cooking.
The latest toaster oven type is the infrared toaster over which is getting to be very popular. Infrared sends rays into the food similar to a microwave. This makes cooking time faster. The downside to this is that only metal pans can be used and there is a higher risk of causing fires.
You can find many options of toaster ovens in the market. There are basic ovens which have a dial to set the temperature, and a rack to hold the food inside. The elite types come with touch screens and rotisserie hooks.
This is a good time to purchase a toaster oven to give during the holiday season. The best toaster oven will delight a special friend or relative on Christmas, or for a newlywed couple to say hello to the New Year with. Receiving a toaster oven gift this Christmas or New Year would indeed be a delight for anyone.