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Old 10-16-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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High dollar convection toaster ovens?

Are they worth it?

Earlier the name Brevellier came up in regards to toaster ovens. 250 smackers That exceeds my usual money spent on a toaster oven by about 200 bucks
So a question for you users of these top of the line counter top electric ovens; Can you really bake in them like a conventional oven? The food isn't too close to the top element where it gets crusty on top before the (for instance) hot ham and cheese sandwich on a Kaiser roll cooks through? And this is wrapped in foil. A problem I've always had with more typical toaster ovens? You can really bake brownies in these and roast a whole chicken?

What say ye?
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Yup, you can use a high end toaster oven like a mini-oven. I've done Cornish game hen in mine. I've done meatloaf. Depends on the size of the food, if it's too close to the top element. I do open faced grilled cheese it mine all the time. Mine even has a dehydrate setting. Mine's a de Longhi that Stirling bought for Yule 1995.

Just don't set it on convection for cookies, unless the recipe gave a "convection temperature". Burnt some shortbread that was wonderful in the few non-burnt places.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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I also just looked online at the Breville smart oven. It claims to have smart heating elements that are supposed to prevent the burned tops your and my toaster ovens create.

I think about how I use a TO and how many opportunities I would have to use it if it qorked better and $250 still seems like a lot. Based on frequency of use, 99.9% of the time Im making toast.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #4
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A standard toaster oven is all I need. For toast. Something I rarely eat. A full size stove including an oven comes with the apartment. Turn it on, open the door, put the food in, remove when done.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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How do you clean such a creature ?

A Cornish game hen will throw off a lot of spatter
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How do you clean such a creature ?

A Cornish game hen will throw off a lot of spatter
That's the one thing I don't like about my convection toaster oven. It's supposedly "continuous clean", just wipe it with a damp cloth or sponge once in a while, yeah, right. The walls are so rough that they grab any cloth or sponge and you get little bits of cloth or sponge sticking to the walls. I wish the door came off, like on a big oven. It gets crumbs where I have to use a brush to get them out and I usually can't get them all.

I don't think they make that horrible continuous clean stuff any more.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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A standard toaster oven is all I need. For toast. Something I rarely eat. A full size stove including an oven comes with the apartment. Turn it on, open the door, put the food in, remove when done.
You must have misunderstood my OP.
This isn't a what do you need thread, but a thread on using toaster ovens in place of regular ovens.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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Good info, Taxy. If I'm going to use it like a regular oven I want it to work like one.

Andy, 99% of the time I'm using my current one for garlic bread or toast, but that's because it needs monitored if I put anything else in it, like something "high" and close to the elements. But with a regular oven with a loose door and whose temp runs about 50-80 degrees high, I might bake little things more if I had a decent toaster oven. I just want to make sure I can use it like one before I put up that kind of dough for a toaster oven... that's a lot of money, but compared to the money some people pay for a high end stove/oven, maybe not so bad.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #9
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Pac, did you check out the Breville Mini? It's on sale for $150 from Amazon, $70 off, free shipping. I just ordered one Gawd, I'm such a pushover.....another toy.
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Pac, did you check out the Breville Mini? It's on sale for $150 from Amazon, $70 off, free shipping. I just ordered one Gawd, I'm such a pushover.....
I noticed the Breville has three sizes. regular, compact and mini.
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