Whether you call it your toaster oven or your oven toaster, this handy and mostly underestimated kitchen appliance quietly sits on your kitchen counter till you remember to make toast. Your toaster oven could make more than toast!
If you have a standard oven toaster with a single control knob, you will notice that the knob is not just a control to turn the oven on or off but it is also a timer.
And time is essential in cooking in an oven toaster and it is the reason why you can do so many things with this appliance that you have never possibly dreamed of. So how to use a toaster oven? Here are some oven toaster hacks that you may have never thought of:
Bake cookies with your toaster oven
You don’t need to use a large conventional type oven just to bake a small batch of cookies; you may use your toaster oven which can cook up to 12 medium-sized cookies per batch.
Simply mix all the cookie ingredients together and then as you do this, heat your oven up to the desired temperature. Spray your oven toaster tray with oil or grease it up and then place drop-full of cookie dough on the tray. Bake till your cookies are done.
Place your cookies in a tray to cool them before you wrap or eat them up.
Make yummy soft-in-the-middle brownies
With your oven toaster, you can keep an eagle’s eye on your brownies so these would come out perfect. You may use conventional brownie mix from the supermarket or you may use standard ingredients to make brownie mix.
Heat your toaster oven to the desired temperature. Use a small rectangular tray that will fit in your oven toaster or a suitable glass baking tray.
Pour the brownie mix in and then place in the oven to bake. Stick a toothpick in the middle so you can check if the insides are cooking well. When your brownies are done, let it cool on the countertop and then remove from the tray when it is cool.
Heat cold TV dinners or even prepare dinner
TV dinners are convenient and fun but sometimes a chore to prepare especially when these have been in the freezer for quite some time. Got no microwave? No problem, simply place dinner in a toaster oven and let it thaw.
You may also use the hottest setting to cook medium pieces of chicken breasts and vegetables; simply brush the chicken with butter, a dash of lemon and freshly ground pepper and then cook it to perfection.
You can make almost any kind of dinner especially when you have an oven toaster with a dual heating element to cook food more evenly.
Cook mini pizzas
You can a not just heat pizza with your toaster oven. There are large convection toaster oven where you can fit a small to medium-sized pizza. You can create your own pizza with your very own pizza toppings and sauce.
There are a lot of ready to use pizza dough from supermarkets and all you need to do is to add sauce, cheese and your choice of toppings!
Toast bread, muffins, buns and so many more!
The perfect toast, not just regular toast, is made from an over toaster and most of all, you can make up to 4 toasted bread at a time. The best way to toast bread is placing butter, honey or peanut butter over the toast and then toasting it.
You may amp up your muffin or bun by buttering it up and then sprinkling it with sugar; pop this in the oven toaster. After a few minutes you have the most sweet-smelling breakfast of all!
Using your oven toaster is no rocket science. Even with the most modern toasters have easier controls. You may be able to set your toaster to cook specific foods like broiled chicken, breads, pasta, soups and casseroles.
And of course a part of using your oven toaster is caring for it too. A well-kept oven toaster will bring you years of good use so keep it in tip top shape and you can guarantee amazing and well-cooked meals all day and all night!