A small kitchen appliance which can be used to toast, broil, or bake food.
I'm a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
And here is a note from my shrink
He says I'm getting better!
Last week, I thought I was a toaster oven!
Ah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah hah!
Thank you.
--Dot's Poetry corner, Animaniacs show #66, 1995
A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half less energy than a conventional oven-- approximately from 1350 to 1500 watts, whereas an electric range oven can use more than 3500 watts of electricity. Its small size means it can preheat in half the time of a full-sized oven. Useful for cooking single serving meals. Helpful for browning, broiling, and toasting small foods, like nuts, herbs, baked potatoes, garlic bulbs. You can also find cookbooks that specialize in recipes for toaster ovens:

Also makes toast.

Safety tip: Keep the crumb tray clean. If something in your toaster oven catches fire, and it probably will (drippings and crumbs often fall down next to a heating element), do not open the toaster oven door. Unplug the machine, and wait for the fire to go out.

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