I had been thinking of the benefits of a countertop oven for a while – mainly electrical power usage. Even though we have solar panels in MO, it’s a way different setup from what we have in TX. Both in TX and MO, we pay about 13 cents per kwh that we use. In Texas, we get back the same price – 13 cents per kwh that we send back to the grid. In MO, we get 3 or 3.5 cents per kwh that we send back. Kinda crazy but nothing we can do about it.
I often keep cookie dough in the freezer but unless I’m going to make at least a dozen cookies, it seems crazy to heat up the oven for four cookies.
Another thing that bothers me (not tremendously). My great recipe makes 8 biscuits – easy recipe and amazingly delicious. I’ll eat one for breakfast. Vince will eat two. There are five left. Sometimes we eat them the next day. Sometimes we make sandwiches using biscuits. Sometimes we make strawberry shortcake with the leftovers and sometimes . . they mold and get thrown out.
My friend, CJ, whom I have never even met, and she’s gotten me into more trouble than you would believe. She’s an excellent cook and for some reason, every gadget, no matter how expensive, she buys, I feel like I need one too. Everything I’ve bought “because of CJ” has been great but . . I really need to stop buying kitchen gadgets.
But . . I probably won’t! Earlier this week, she was mentioning a couple of countertop ovens she was considering. I came so close to buying one but decided to wait for her review. I already have one from Aldi at the Texas house and I use it quite a bit but CJ was looking at some that were a bit larger – you could put a 9 x 13 cake pan in them!
When Vince and I were cleaning out the apartment, we brought home a countertop oven I had never used . . still in the unopened box. It’s a Black & Decker brand, still small but a bit larger than the Aldi one I have. Vince said “I researched before buying that one and I think you’ll like it” so I figured . . why not at least give it a try.
Yesterday morning I cooked six biscuits in it – frozen biscuits . . from Walmart! They were delicious! Honestly, every bit as good as the ones I make.
Later we had sandwiches on bagels and I toasted the bagels in there. Again . . perfect!
Later, I baked potatoes in there. Perfect!
It was so much better than using the full size oven three times. I think I’m going to keep using this one for a while . . later I may buy a larger one but I kinda feel like I deserve a reward for not buying a bigger and better one when I already had one.