When I talk about how much I love toaster ovens people often say, “Why use a toaster oven when you could use a microwave?” or “Why use a toaster oven when you can cook the same thing on the stove?” Well, instead of me explaining it 100 times, I decided to simply explain it to you.
For those of you who don’t know, the toaster oven is smaller oven that fits on your counter top. The max temperature on mine is 450F. It has settings for broil, warm, toast, pizza and convection bake — the setting i use most.
It has a built-in timer that goes up to 60 minutes. There’s the details. Now for what i love about it.
My favourite part about the toaster oven is the fact that I DON’T HAVE TO WATCH MY FOOD! I just place my food in an oven safe container, then set it and forget it. I make toast, I make oatmeal, I heat up meals, and I even “hard boil” eggs (30 minutes at 350F).
The whole point of me using the toaster oven is to save my time for more important things like: creating content for Banana Simplicity, yoga, meditation, reading, socializing… wait, when do I socialize?
“But what about the environment? Aren’t you wasting electricity and resources?” Yes I am. Our whole society is a waste of resources. Pick and choose your battles. Some people like to watch 4 hours of television a day — I probably don’t even remember how to operate a TV remote — and I like to use my toaster oven for 2 hours per week.
For the most part I use my MacBook Air and less frequently my Galaxy S4 — which are charged no more than once a day for 2 hours each — my blender twice a week for 2 minutes total, and a lightbulb for a few hours in whichever room I’m in (kitchen, living room, bathroom). For me that’s a pretty low demand on electricity.
- Save time. I DON’T HAVE TO WATCH MY FOOD!
- Consistency. Whatever I make comes out the same every time I use the same ingredients and the same settings.
- Efficiency. For example I usually make a large batch of oatmeal that will last me the week and either I eat it cold or I heat it up for 5-10 minutes.
- Health benefits. Microwaves? Ha! I haven’t used one in over 12 months. Not even to heat water. In fact my girlfriend and I don’t even own one. I don’t think I need to talk about the potential harm of using a microwave. Or do I?
- Electricity. Yes, it does use more electricity than a microwave or a stove top burner. This is only the case if you use the toaster for longer periods of time or more frequently throughout the day.
- Time. If you’ve got no patience — which North American does? — you might get frustrated when your food isn’t ready in 2 minutes or less.
- Not everything can go in the toaster oven. I wouldn’t be putting Mr. Noodles or microwave TV dinners in the oven using the container they are packed in. Some may disagree with me on this one though. I have no intention of experimenting with these packages and any toaster oven.
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- Do you use a toaster oven? If no, why not?
- If you use one, what kind of foods do you cook in it?
- What other simple, time-saving kitchen appliances do you use? (blender, rice cooker, etc.)