Last year, the toaster oven we received at our wedding shower died. I use my toaster oven constantly, so we definitely needed to replace it. Because we had about $70 on a Macy’s gift card, we headed there* and picked up a Cuisinart 6-Slice Toaster Oven Broiler.
I love this toaster oven, largely because of the size. My older toaster oven was big enough for four slices of bread, but the six-slice capacity of the new one means that I can fit an 8×8 baking dish in there. And that means I can make a casserole in my toaster oven. A 9-inch pie plate and a 10-inch pizza also fit.
I hardly ever use my real oven anymore, and I used to use it all the time. The best benefit of using a toaster oven is time. Because it’s so much smaller, it doesn’t need to preheat and the food cooks faster. I also assume that, for the same reasons, it’s cheaper to use than my gas oven, though I haven’t compared the utility costs in any measurable way.
The biggest drawback to baking in the toaster oven is the low height. Anything puffy can easily burn, but I rarely make anything puffy anyway.
So if you’re looking to save some time and maybe some money, try using your toaster oven instead of your regular oven.
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