D. saw a toaster oven that he really liked recently. He said it had something like a 12″ x 12″ opening, which does sound nice. Not too long ago I hit the top of my finger on the heating element in our current one, so I got a slight burn. We’ve also had food items go aflame in there, too. One was stuffed mushrooms that were a bit too tall for the oven apparently, and the other was some turkey bacon that turned into a light show. Not a bad lil oven, really, but more and more it seems a bit small for our needs. Plus, we tend not to use the big oven particularly in the summer, so it’d be nice to have a smaller yet better-functional version available.
This is the one that caught our attention when we were out and about today. It’s sizable, both in width and in height. It’s also a convection oven, which I don’t know much about, other than I think it’s a very even way of cooking/heating. There is also a ‘Dehydrate’ feature that piqued my interest. I wonder if I can make oven-dried tomatoes in it? 🙂 If we end up getting up (probably more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if’), I think I’ll test the dehydrating feature on banana slices first. For some reason, they seem like they would be an easier food to try it on. If you take a look, don’t let the online price fool you… we found it for much less. Granted, it was at the big sucky store that I hate, but unfortunately, sometimes we really have no other option. I’m not even gonna get started on that one… 😉
UPDATE: Ooh, I just noticed that this toaster oven has a ‘variable broil’, along with an interior light. We really can’t broil in our current big oven, because it’s just too damn hot too fast. Literally, one minute in there and say, a cheese topping, is burnt. Not our stove so we can’t do anything about that. This variable option sounds just lovely. I’m such a kitchen geek sometimes… 🙂