Today we will be talking about the Euro Pro toaster oven. A couple of years ago toasters couldn’t do much more than toast bread, but in todays modern age they have evolved into multifunctional cooking products that will perform several different tasks for you. If you are looking for a machine that will perform all these functions a Euro Pro model could be perfect for you. These types of toasters offer a bigger degree in the flexibility of what you can cook due to the many features they offer. Almost any type of food can be prepared in a toaster oven that would normally done in your large conventional oven. This has a few advantages. Firstly a large oven is quite expensive to use, especially if you are only cooking small items. A toaster oven uses a much smaller amount of electricity to run, so you will save a lot of cash in the long run. Secondly they are much quicker to warm up, meaning you don’t have to wait as long for your food. This is great if you always have a busy schedule and can’t afford to waste precious time waiting for your oven to heat up.
What are some of the advantages?
Many people seem to think a toaster oven is not really capable of doing a good job at cooking. The truth could not be further from this. It won’t be able to cook a thanksgiving dinner, but it can certainly handle smaller dishes such as a 12″ pizza, garlic break, or basically anything that will fit in the unit. Most models use convection cooking to ensure food gets thoroughly cooked, which is why they are also sometimes known as a convection oven. In most cases the units capacity is much bigger than it seems. Most units come with a removable rack which can be taken out if you intend to cook a slightly bigger dish. If you are thinking about using the unit for toasting bread, you will be pleased to know that most toaster ovens can accommodate up to 8 slices of bread at a time. If you have a large family then this is a must! There is nothing worse than having to fight over a toaster when everyone is rushing off to school or work. You can also keep food warm in the toaster oven.
What are some of the other features?
Another advantage to toaster ovens that you may not have considered is that during the summer months it can get very hot in your kitchen. The last thing you would want to do is use a large oven where a lot of heat will be generated. Toaster ovens do not create nearly as much heat, uses much less power watts, and keeps the temperature increases to the absolute minimum. Besides that, it is ideal for making a meal in a hurry, especially if you want something that is very quick and easy to do. Some examples of this are pizza, garlic bread, toaster sandwiches, or over potato wedges and chicken strips. These are only a few examples of what you could make in the space of a few minutes.
With a large conventional oven you could be waiting up to 15 minutes for it to heat up fully. Most Euro Pro models take only around a minute or two before it has reached the set temperature. Gone are the days of preheating, and adding time onto your cooking time to compensate for the preheat period!
You will often have the choice between a digital or a ordinary oven. Ordinary toaster ovens are certainly a bit more affordable, but if you have a modern home then a digital one would fit very nicely. You will need to keep an eye on your food, as you will not be prepared for how fast it will cook if you have only ever used an ordinary oven. Each toaster oven out there will have a see through glass top so you can make sure your food is not burning. The Euro Pro models also have a safety handle which never heats up so you won’t burn your hand when opening the oven.
The next feature you should look out for in your toaster oven is a crumb tray. Many of the better models have these, and they ensure that any bits of food which fall off in the oven are contained in one place. The crumb tray is very easy to clean and remove, and can even be put in your dishwasher with your dishes! Many of us dread having to clean our ovens, and this eliminates this problem.
Size wise the various Euro Pro Toaster Oven models are quite small. Average sizes are around 17x14x9 inches. They will fit in virtually any kitchen no matter how small. If you don’t have space to keep it out in the open, you could always put it away after use as they only weigh around 15lb on average.
So those are some of the features you should think about before buying one. Make sure you try to find one that ticks all the boxes you need. Remember that Euro Pro is a quality brand, and it should last you for many years!