Happy Thursday! I’m writing a quick update today to show you the most recent addition to my kitchen appliance family. This bad boy is my new convection toaster oven.
If you remember, I had a little (ok, big) issue with my propane gas range. While the stove part works great, the oven was another story and the time I tried it – the fire alarm went off and it heated up the whole house. The fire alarm going off was really no big deal as A) I knew it worked! and B) after a little bit of annoyance I turned it off. However, the oven heating the whole house is a problem in the summer months. Being as energy efficient as possible I don’t want to create more heat that I then need to air condition. This little guy helps both of those problems. It fits nicely above the mini fridge – as shown here
and when I need to use it during the summer I take it outside and plug it into the exterior outlet. This way the heat is staying outside and I don’t have to worry about the AC issue. It does move out farther on the fridge so that if I use it inside this winter I can keep it in the same spot just moved forward and it won’t get the shelf above it hot.
I went with a convection oven for the energy efficiency of this type of toaster oven. It has a fan inside that helps circulate the hot air around the food to cook it quicker. I got this particular model because of the size to fit above the mini fridge and the positive ratings it received on Amazon. So far I made paleo brownies and a paleo pizza. It does seem to be faster than a traditional oven, however, given that I’ve only baked two items I can’t draw a definitive conclusion. Oh, I also toasted a bagel (non-paleo) but that seemed to take the same about of time as a traditional toaster oven.
Would you have done the same thing?