I didn’t say anything about it here, but at the end of July I turned a year older. One of the signs that I am definitely getting older is that I don’t really want gifts anymore. I can afford most of the stuff I want now, and the stuff I can’t afford, well, there’s no one in my life right now I would expect to get them for me. So when my mother asked me what I might want as a gift, I was stumped. Until one thing popped to mind which I have been considering for a while…
Inaugural use, reheating some delicious sausage.
A toaster oven.
No just any toaster oven either. A combination toaster/convection oven. I’ve heard that convection ovens are much better for baking. Thus far I have not had a chance to try this out but I am looking forward to the chance.
The big reasons for wanting a toaster oven are two. First, I wanted a better way to heat/cook food in the summer without needing to use the oven. A toaster uses much less energy when it’s running, and when not in use, I unplug the toaster. This means that the appliance is not draining electricity when not in use, which saves the electric bill.
Second, I have mostly kicked the microwave habit and this toaster now means I never “have” to use one to reheat food. In the traditional food movement, microwaves are considered anathema. I admit I have not done a lot of research into the disadvantages of using a microwave, but I know some of it is due to health issues.
My biggest reason for not liking microwaves anymore is a matter of taste. I simply don’t think food TASTES as good when “cooked” in the microwave. The heating is very uneven and it can also be too easy to scorch the food. I’ll trade the small time saving for food which is more pleasing in my mouth.
Yes, I am very happy with this gift. I hope it lasts a long time, and I promise to give updates as I use it more.
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