Toaster Oven 101 For You

As a by product of the electric stove the first electric toaster oven was invented in 1910. A gentleman named William Hadawy who designed the first electric stove also invented the toaster. William developed the idea for the Westinghouse Corporation who is still a leading producer of toaster ovens today.

Difference Between Conventional and Convection Ovens. An oven that can bake, broil, brown, reheat and toast using much less energy than a conventional one is the ultimate in countertop convenience and healthful cooking

Convection ovens are one of today’s scientifically advanced appliances that perform all-in-one functions that used to require broilers and ovens in gas/electric ranges and separate toasters.

A standard oven usually radiates heat from the bottom and some areas of the food will cook more quickly than others because the heat is not distributed evenly. A convection toaster oven uses heated air which is circulated by a fan around the food with the results that all of it gets done at the same time.

Because of the circulating hot air, foods in a convection toaster oven will be done more quickly which means a shorter cooking time and less energy use.

How the Convection Toaster Oven Works. The fan in a convection toaster oven gently circulates the heat and surrounds the food to provide an exceptionally even temperature. This is the method that has been used in for years in commercial ovens. Because the temperature is consistent, it provides an even temperature and cooks faster than a conventional oven so a lower temperature can be used. The result is that the cooked food retains more moisture. Generally, the temperatures is reduced to about 25 degrees lower than in a conventional oven.

Baking. Baking is the same as in a large, conventional oven and can be used for cakes, cookies and other pastries as well as casseroles. Temperature may have to be adjusted because of the more constant heat.

Broiling. Broiling can be done with beef, chicken, fish, pork and any other meat. In addition, it can be used to top-brown casseroles and gratins. One advantage of using the toaster oven for broiling is most fat will drop into the pan below drip tray. It is advised not to use aluminum foil on the drip tray because if grease accumulates there, it could cause a fire.

Toasting. Toasting is a combination of drying and cooking the bread. Toasting of bread or bagels in a convection toaster oven can be a convenience because there is usually varying light or dark settings. If placed in the oven correctly, the result is even toasting. Some of the ovens comes with a defrost cycle so that bagels or bread can be taken directly from the freezer and put on the toasting rack. Others have a reheat feature that allows the food to be reheated without browning or toasting it again.

A Few Precautions in Using a Convection Toaster Oven.

  • Don’t use the appliance for anything other than its intended use.
  • Do not place paper, cardboard, plastic or similar products in the appliance.
  • Never leave the appliance unattended when in use.

Most convection toaster ovens have audible signals built in as convenient reminders and everything that detaches, such as racks and pans can go into the dishwasher. The advantages of using a convection toaster oven include quicker cooking time and reducing the energy cost of baking, broiling, and reheating food over conventional ovens while making healthier meals.

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