Neither do you.
As temperatures rise across the country, most of us are thinking about cold sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. The internet is full of homemade ice cream, fruit salsa, and other no-bake recipes. Turning on the oven is a huge no-no for many.
Even though we haven’t warmed up much yet, the time is coming. However, I bake all year long without ever worrying about heating up the kitchen. It’s true; I bake bread all summer long. You can, too!
My secret is this little baby.
This countertop convection oven has been my friend for more than 4 years. I have used it almost daily – and sometimes several times a day. Should he ever fail me, I will order a replacement immediately. In fact, I have often considered the idea of ordering a second one to have on hand – just in case. That way, I could keep baking without having to wait for the new one to arrive. Not that I plan on this one dying, but one can never be too prepared. Am I right?
Anyhoo, back to the oven. I highly recommend this oven for the following reasons:
- As previously stated, I can bake all year long without fear of heating up the house.
- It is compact enough to sit on my countertop which makes it ideal for small spaces.
- It is also small enough that it is portable.
- The manufacturer states that it uses 49% less energy. I noticed my electric bill go down by $20 the first month. (I told you I use it a lot!)
- It doesn’t require long preheating times (only 5 minutes), and it cooks food faster than a standard oven.
- It has a timer function (up to 2 hours) that automatically shuts off and sounds.
- I can cook an entire chicken with the rotisserie or in my dutch oven.
- With 2 oven racks, I can bake (2) 12 inch pizzas, (2) sheets of cookies, (2) casseroles, etc. The small space still allows me to bake a lot of food at one time.
- I have the option of using bake, convection, broil, or rotisserie settings.
Now that I have shared with you what I like about this oven, I will tell you the one disadvantage I have found. While I can still bake a whole chicken, I cannot bake an entire turkey. That was, until I got this wonderful turkey roaster. Unlike a crock pot, this roaster actually browns the turkey just like it would in the oven! While I don’t have to worry about heating the house on Thanksgiving, this cooks the turkey quicker and leaves the oven available for other dishes. I also use this to roast 2 whole chickens simultaneously. So, actually, I have turned this to my advantage. I’m
tricky resourceful that way!
One thing to consider should you purchase a countertop convection oven is that you may require new bake ware due to its smaller size. Here are my favorites:
I purchased (2) stainless steel cake pans. I use them for casseroles and, you guessed it, cake. Click here to purchase.
Mini baked donuts are a must in this house. For those, we use this trusty mini donut pan. (I might need to share a donut recipe soon!)
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