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Old 10-26-2010, 01:14 PM   #11
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I had one years ago when I didn't have an oven in my place.I had that and a 2 burner electric countertop cooktop.I learned to cook most anything I wanted with that set-up.

I have a full-kitchen now in my house and have not wanted to give up the counterspace for one.
I could see myself using one for use as a salamander/broiler for small items but I am at a loss to what other functions I would use it for now.I own a bread toaster.

What do you use YOURS for?
I've never had one, but the more I read here the more I wish I had one.
I'm still not convinced I want to give up the counter space however.
The only spot I could put one would be where my kitchen tv is.....nope, the little tv wins.

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Old 10-26-2010, 01:15 PM   #12
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I have never used a toaster oven, no experience with one. Of course, at this point, I don't have the space for one.

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Old 10-26-2010, 02:30 PM   #13
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I donated two of them to a Volunteer Fire Department many years ago...Think they got $10 for them....I figure somebody paid too much!!!
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:54 PM   #14
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I have a $30 SunBeam toaster oven. I use it for:

Reheating pizza
Heating frozen garlic bread
Melting cheese over lettuce on bread for making a sandwich
Toasting a completed sandwich on just the outside
Keeping food warmed while the rest of a meal is prepared
Cooking hors dourves. Rumaki = bacon wrapped water chesnuts

I think toaster ovens are pretty handy. However, I think they use just as much electricity as an oven to cook the same foods due to toaster ovens losing heat because of no insulation.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:34 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
I have never used a toaster oven, no experience with one. Of course, at this point, I don't have the space for one.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:07 PM   #16
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Toasting a meat & cheese sandwich open faced, with meat on one slice and cheese on the other, rather than grilling in the frying pan, less greasy.

A quick late snack of just a melty slice of cheese on toast.

It uses 110 rather than 220 and takes much less time to preheat.

I have one casserole dish to fit in it. It makes 4 huge servings as a one dish meal and 6 good size servings if you have other sides.

Cooking for one it just makes more sense.

Having said all that, in the Winter time I use the oven. My regular electric bill is quite small and roasting doesn't seem to make it much higher and the AC/Heating unit draws a LOT of power when used for heating. My first wintertime electric bill was more than double my usual one, so I use the oven and Leave the door open while it cools after cooking, same as when I do use the TO. Save the heat for me.

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Old 10-27-2010, 08:27 AM   #17
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with just the 2 of us home now, I use it alot instead of turning on my oven
hot dogs, reheating some leftovers, pizzas, hot sandwhiches, broiling fish etc

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