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Old 04-19-2006, 09:07 PM   #1
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Need help using toaster oven.

Hi everyone. I'm new to this community and very new to cooking. I just purchased a Cuisinart toaster oven for cooking meat; beef, pork, fish and poultry. I read the instructor's manual and it says I should broil my meats. I have no idea what that means. Just a few simple quesitons, what temperature should I use, how do I know when the meat is done and can I use toast and bake option on my meats as well?

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Old 04-19-2006, 09:21 PM   #2
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Hey Chuck. Welcome to the site!

Broiling just means that the top heating element will be on. Baking means both the top and bottom heating elements will be on. When Broiling, that is the temp. For baking you can actually set the temp and the heating elements will turn on and off to try and keep that temp. Both of these ways will work for cooking your food.

You would not use the toast setting for cooking meat or fish though. The toast setting is basically baking, but it is on a timer. It is usually a short time limit so your toast does not burn.

As far as when you meat is done, that will take some practice. A good item to invest in though it a thermometer. That takes the guess work out of it.
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:27 PM   #3
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Thanks. I just experimented cooking a trout. I don't know if it's done or not but it tasted normal. I imagine that beef and pork would take longer to cook than fish? And how would I use a thermometer to guess when the meat is done?
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:33 PM   #4
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For the trout, it is done with the fish flakes easily with a fork and is opaque. Fish will cook quicker than beef or pork.

There are thermometers called probe thermometers. You insert the probe into the meat and then attach it to the thermometer part. The meat, probe and all, goes into the oven and the readout stays outside. On most of them you can set the desired target temp you want and a lot of them even have settings for chicken, pork, lamb, beef, etc. An alarm goes off when you hit that temp so you know your food is cooked.

Polder is a popular brand of probe thermometers (but not the only kind).
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Thanks! You're very helpful.
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:56 PM   #6
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Old 04-21-2006, 02:16 AM   #7
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Just an addendum to what GB said: check to see which heating elements actually come on (in your toaster oven) during the Broil, Bake and Toast functions. Broil is going to be the top element and is going to be full on power, Bake is normally just the bottom element (although on some models they will use both top and bottom but the majority of the heat will come from the bottom element) and is temperature regulated, and Toast is both top and bottom elements (heating both sides at the same time like in a bread "toaster") - some regulate the heat of the elements by having a "browning" setting - like a toaster.
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Old 04-22-2006, 05:56 PM   #8
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How's it going?

Just wondering Chuck if you're getting more familiar with your oven. Hope you're enjoying it! Glenda
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For cooking your meats you might consider doing it on the stovetop also.
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:58 AM   #10
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I've never owned one of these.

I always thought they were a complete waste of time & money because they are way too small for cooking roasts.


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