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Video:How to Use a Toaster Oven

with Danelle Drury Bavel

Toaster ovens are a great tool for your kitchen. Watch this About.com video to learn how to use a toaster oven. You'll definitely learn some surprising new ways to cook.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use a Toaster Oven

Hello, my name is Danelle Drury for about.com.  Today I will be showing you how to use a toaster oven.

Toaster Oven: Trial and Error

Many people use their ovens to make toast or bagels in the morning.  This is very easy to do.  Make sure your oven is pulled out from the wall enough that heat doesn't build up behind it.  Plug it in.  Place your item directly on the rack, in this case I will be making toast so I set  the function to toast, and turn on the timer.  It is really easy to let this go too long, so I always try to error on the side of caution.  You can always add a little bit of time.  After a little trial and error, you will be able make perfect toast each time.

Do remember to use a hot pad when pulling out the rack.

Different Ways to Use a Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens can even be used to bake.  They save you energy because they don't require you to heat up an entire oven.  They also save you from heating up your kitchen.  To bake cookies, I take cookie dough that I have already mixed, and place it on a small baking pan in one inch balls.  I place the pan in the oven, set the function to bake, set the temperature to 350 degrees, and set the timer for fifteen minutes.  The temperature and baking time will of course vary with your recipe.  One of the great advantages to using your toaster oven is that it is extremely easy to keep an eye on your food as it bakes.  In fact I think I will pull these cookies a minute early.

 

There are many other uses for your toaster oven including broiling, melting cheese, making baked potatoes, reheating leftovers, and cooking convenience foods like frozen pizzas.  You can bake about anything and even cook meat in most toaster ovens on the market today.    

 

 

If you find that your toaster oven is cooking items unevenly, about halfway through the cooking cycle simply open the door, pull out the tray, and rotate the item 180 degrees.  Return the tray to its place, close the door and continue cooking.

 

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