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Old 09-18-2005, 09:43 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up, Rick.

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Old 10-08-2005, 06:54 AM   #12
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RP, when we lived in Florida, we learned to unplug as many appliances as practical when not in use. That lightning will do a job on your small appliances. Thanks for the reminder that it is always a good idea.

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I have had many B&D's over the years I have never had a problem with them but I never leave them pluged in when not in use. You can get a lot of different B&D models. Recently I had to shop for my cousins wedding present and I got my gift and two others. I do a lot of the gift shopping for my family. When I went to the store there were a lot of toaster ovens and I think 4 different B&D models. quite a range. The one I got will broil a number of things and the one they wanted will also do a bit of baking as they want to make muffins first thing in the morning. I think it will hold a 6 muffin tray.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:53 PM   #14
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Hi, I may be a little late, as I just signed up to reply to this thread. I found this site when researching KitchenAids.

As for a toaster oven, I recently bought a Deni. It's actually branded "cook's essentials." I never thought of getting a toaster oven since I rarely would use it, I thought; I already have 2 convection microwaves, plus my stove is gas with a bottom broiler, circa the 1950's I'd guess. Plus I have a decent 3-burner [mostly] stainless gas grill on the porch.

The only reason I bought it was because it was a multi-purpose appliance. And was cheap--around $50 and shipping was around $7. It has the following features:

Slow Cook

It has a large LCD display and you use up/down buttons to move between the above features, then you can press different +/- buttons for time and different +/- buttons for temperature, then just press the on/off to start. It's already programmed for certain times & temps for each feature, most can be changed, but not all--the defrost is set at 100 degrees and the time can be changed but not the temp; broil is set at 375 and cannot be changed. Slow cook is set at 350 but CAN be changed. All the rest you can change both time & temp.

The rotisserie comes not just with the main spit skewer and 2 spit forks, but also 2 discs that attach and hold 8 included kabob skewers. So you can make a roast or chicken, etc, or up to 8 kabobs.

It comes with a crumb tray that goes in the bottom, a drip tray that goes a couple inches above the bottom, and a wire rack that sits nearly centered in the oven. It also comes with a perforated 12-inch round pizza pan, a tiny baking sheet, plus a handle to remove trays as well as a separate special handle to lift out the rotisserie unit when hot. The manual even has many recipes.

So far I've owned it since before Christmas but was too busy to try it out. I just started using it about a week or 2 ago. I've made pork roasts, cornbread, toasted subs, garlic bread, reheated pizza, etc, and conclude it was definitely worth the money, especially with the rotisserie, which I tried out with a 4lb pork butt/shoulder.

It's also polished/brushed aluminum or stainless on the outside with a black face and looks nice too, and it even fits under my countertop cabinets. It's only drawback to me so far is the power cord could be a little longer.

I've seen this on ebay for around 2x what I paid before I got mine, and that was also another reason that convinced me to get it. Plus I had a $10 off coupon for a $100 order which I used at the same time with other things I ordered!

Hope this helps. Any questions let me know or click me.

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Old 02-08-2006, 06:41 PM   #15
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My problem with Black & Decker, all their products, not just toaster ovens, is that the equipment seems to expire right after the warranty does.

I have the Cuisinart, a factory refurbished one I got for 50 bucks at Le Gourmet Chef, and it's been operating wonderfully for the last two years. I use it for toasting just about every type of bread product out there, plus I use it to reheat things I don't want to nuke, like pizza and leftover chicken wings. I also broil hot dogs and hamburgers in it when I don't want to fire up the barbeque grill for just one dog or burger.

But what I like best is they measure the interior in square inches, they do not profess to toast X number of slices, which is always wrong, unless you count a hot dog bun, opened, as two slices.

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