Cooking for your family can be an extremely rewarding experience, especially if you are concerned about how healthy they eat. It can also be a time consuming experience as the amount of time needed for food prep as well as cooking time can really add up. This is where using the right appliances can be rather beneficial. For food prep, we always recommend a food processor, which we will get into later. For reducing your cook times you should be using a toaster oven. Modern countertop ovens are extremely efficient alternatives to a standard sized oven and you might be surprised with everything that you can do with one of these. We are currently in the market for a newer model as we nearly wore our our 10 year old toaster oven. We have been going over some of the newer ratings and were truly amazed at what today’s ovens have to offer.
If you haven’t been paying attention and think that a toaster oven is good only for making toast then this is for you. With real benefits for users you can easily elevate your dishes and reduce the time and effort you spend in the kitchen making your favorite meals for your loved ones. Below are the top 3 reasons you should definitely think about making the switch.
#1 – Saving Precious Time
Time is a valuable commodity for most of us. After a hard day at work, the last thing we want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. So why not find something that can really speed things up? Modern countertop ovens have a host of cooking technology packed into them that can significantly reduce cook times. Standard toaster ovens have heating elements that can automatically adjust the time and temp to take the guess work out of the equation. If you get one with a convection cooking feature your can further reduce the time you wait to get things done. Convection cooking circulates hot air with the help of a fan. The air movement penetrates the food and makes sure everything is done evenly on all sides. This feature alone can cut your cooking time by almost 25%. You will have to adjust your recipes, but it is well worth the effort.
#2 – Save Money
The next best thing to saving time is saving money. With smaller interiors, your oven will have to work less to get everything up to the correct temperature. There are some ovens that also do not require any preheating whatsoever. With reduced cooking times, and no need to preheat, you will end up saving on your energy bill. While this is a by-product of using your oven, it is a nice bonus. Toaster ovens are also quite affordable when you compare them to the price of getting a newer conventional sized ovens. Depending on the options and cooking features you are looking for, a new toaster oven can run between $50 and $250. Even the more expensive models will provide you with an excellent value.
#3 – Easy To Clean
Clean up is always the least fun task in the kitchen and it is the last thing you want to do after cooking and eating. But most of today’s toaster oven’s are designed to be simple to clean. With non-stick interior coatings, crumb trays, and stainless steel surfaces, an easy wipe down with a damp cloth is usually all that is needed. Even if you have an exploding disaster inside of your oven, it should come up without breaking your back.
Top Name Brands
There are several models that can help you transform the way that you cook that cover all types of budgets, but there a few that really stand out.
High-tech ovens are what this company produces. They look like something you would see in a restaurant and they are real head turners. With an LCD display screen, stainless steel housing, and advanced cooking technology, these are the top of the line options for those who can afford it. They can do just about anything that your standard oven can accomplish, and their top models also come with a convection feature.
Everyone who cooks knows the Cuisinart name and their toaster ovens live up to their reputation. Their line of highly rated countertop ovens cover the gambit of budget needs from standard to ones that rival Breville models. You really cannot go wrong getting one of these countertop ovens. They are extremely dependable and very highly rated by owners.
Oster and Hamilton Beach
If you are on a tight budget, then getting an oven from one of these two makers is a good option. They are simple to use, don’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, and just get the job done. They will give you a great experience and save you money doing it.
Make The Jump
Don’t be confused by the “toaster” moniker, toaster ovens are full featured appliances that will help you prepare anything from frozen pizza to your grandmother’s casserole. What they may lack in size, they make up for in functionality. Do yourself a favor and get one of these for your kitchen counter. You will not be sorry.