In the first blog post here, I wrote about several things you can do with your toaster. Our toaster oven died on my birthday this year after serving us well for many years! It became a very good cost saver, allowing me to do many things with it that normally require the much larger 220V oven.
One of those cost/energy-saving tasks in the first article’s list, was that of baking. Single-meal size baking tasks, or tasks to feed a small family, fit very well into our toaster oven. From baking the last few scones that just wouldn’t fill a complete tray in the larger oven, to baking pies, small cakes, and small batches of baked pasta, this little oven became a staple in the kitchen!
A toaster oven typically only pulls 110V in North America, versus the 220V of the larger oven.
While not all toaster ovens are built with the same depth and height available, they all have room for a small tray and can accept single-serving pasta dishes, some sizes of corning ware, and more. The toaster oven that died could not accept a 9″ pie plate, but could accept a full-height long corning ware casserole dish! Our newer toaster oven can accept a 9″ pie plate, but can’t accept a full-height casserole dish. So you’ll have to experiment with what oven dishes your toaster oven can take. Once you find them, use them in your toaster oven instead of your larger oven to save money on your electrical bill.