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Hey everyone... usually I lurk here, but just wanted some opinions-<br><br>
My microwave doesn't work anymore. I have a small kitchen, and I'm considering getting a toaster oven instead, since I think I'd get more use out of it.<br><br>
I usually only used my microwave to warm up left overs or occasionally defrost frozen stuff- can a toaster oven do that?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Sharon
 

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we are thinking of getting a toaster oven too and would like to know. Our microwave died about 6 months ago so we have been microwave free for that long. I am fine without it but my DH is insisting on a toaster oven.
 

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When we had a toaster oven and no microwave (we eventually bought a microwave <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: ), I would warm up leftovers (like pasta) most times by wrapping them in a little foil pouch and heating them using the oven setting. It took awhile (maybe 15-20 minutes??) but worked just fine. If you would rather avoid aluminum foil, you could probably use a small glass baking dish to reheat food instead. If you do invest in a toaster oven, I would definitely recommend a six-slice oven. They're a bit more expensive, but they're much roomier than the standard four-slice toaster ovens, so you can do more with them (including making twelve-inch pizzas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey everyone... usually I lurk here, but just wanted some opinions-<br><br>
My microwave doesn't work anymore. I have a small kitchen, and I'm considering getting a toaster oven instead, since I think I'd get more use out of it.<br><br>
I usually only used my microwave to warm up left overs or occasionally defrost frozen stuff- can a toaster oven do that?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Sharon</div>
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Yes! This is what we've done. Our microwave is actually built in and we're trying to sell our house, so we just use it for storage now. LOL.<br><br>
The toaster oven takes a little longer for heating up leftovers, but it works great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We have no microwave, just a toaster oven. We do so much with it! I have some small metal bowls that I use for heating leftovers and we use the tray that came with it for heating bigger things. We cook small amounts of meat in it (perfect for fish) and it roasts a mean tray of carrots! My husband makes fries in it. I tend to turn ours up pretty hot so it warms food quickly. I would absolutely get a toaster over a microwave!
 

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definitely the toaster oven! you can heat up lots of different stuff, and anything that won't work in there you can put in a little pot on the stove (you may have to add a few tbsp of water to the pan).
 

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We stopped using our microwave all together in favor of our toaster oven. It is great for heating up leftovers or baking a few muffins for breakfast quickly. It doesn't take the tie to heat up that the oven does. We just buy up small glass pyrex type dishes when we see them at thrift stores and put leftovers in them then when we are ready to reheat just pop the whole dish in the toaster oven and let it heat up with the oven. I feel better about not "nuking" our food. I think it tastes better too, not as mushy. They make some great convection toaster ovens that look to be the same size as microwaves. That is what I really wanted to buy but couldn't find one without a teflon coating but we have a very small house and a parrot so I can't safely use one and had to go with a toaster model instead. I still love it though.<br><br>
I don't know if you can thaw things in it. I usually thaw meats under running water anyway.
 

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Thanks, ladies!<br><br>
I rarely thawed anything in the micro, just as an emergency, so that's not a huge issue.<br><br>
I fondly recall having a toaster oven with a roomie when I was like 19 and we lived on Elio's pizza. LOL But that was all we ever used it for, I wanted to make sure it would work with other stuff, too.<br><br>
Well, I'm going to go get a toaster oven today, hopefully.
 

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We love our toaster oven! Ours tends to burn stuff on top, though, so I almost always cover it with aluminum foil to reflect some of the heat. I especially like it in the summer, when I refuse to use the oven cause it heats up the house so much. The toaster oven gets hot, but it doesn't heat up the whole kitchen like the big oven.
 

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I live for my toaster oven! We rarely use our micro (build in over the range)...mostly DH uses it to reheat his coffee.<br><br>
I heat pasta, rice dishes, etc. on the stove top (with a little water or broth added). We use the toaster oven to bake (and not heat our house up nine months of the year) and reheat baked goods, lasagna, etc.
 

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We got rid of our microwave several months ago after I started reading disturbing things about what it does to your food. There are places that will say this is hogwash, but the way I see it, it certainly doesn't hurt me *not* to use the microwave.<br><br>
The only thing I really miss it for is softening butter. And I can do without that. I do use more dishes now, since I often can't reheat in the same container that I want to eat from. But that's not a huge deal to me.<br><br>
I don't have a toaster oven, but i have something similar to this: <a href="http://www.nextag.com/Sunpentown-Super-Turbo-Oven-80239430/prices-html?nxtg=368e0a240506-A24F5001239C39F1" target="_blank">http://www.nextag.com/Sunpentown-Sup...4F5001239C39F1</a><br><br>
My parents have had this style of oven for 20+ years and love it. It's great for heating crispy kind of stuff that just gets soggy in the microwave. You can use it like a regular oven, too...I roast chicken in mine and it doesn't heat up the house!<br><br>
Leftovers heat faster than a regular oven, but still slower than a microwave. I find it an acceptable alternative to the microwave.<br><br>
It does tend to dry things out, though. For "moist" foods, I put one of those cheap metal collapsable(sp?) steamer baskets upside down in a pot of water, and then put my bowl/plate/whatever of stuff on top to reheat. Cover and boil the heck out of it until your stuff is heated.<br><br>
I've found that food tastes much better reheated in the steamer basket or in the turbo oven, and doesn't take *that* much longer. I never realized how much I was sacrificing in taste so that my food was hot in 3 minutes instead of 10. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I've also found that we quit buying expensive, processed frozen foods because they aren't as convenient anymore, since you generally have to transfer them to another container to heat. We're better about eating leftovers instead, or just making something simple and quick for lunch. So it really has helped us to eat healthier and more cheaply.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I also forgot to add that for things like reheating coffee, I just put the mug in a pan of shallow water and heat. The water prevents the cup from getting too hot, and it heats pretty quickly.<br><br>
I heat pancake syrup this way for the kids. I start the syrup first, then make the pancakes (or toast frozen waffles). By the time the pancakes are done (or the waffles are done toasting), the syrup is hot. So a cup of coffee can be heated in the time it takes to toast a waffle...not bad! Just be careful 'cause the handle will be *hot*.
 

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I've also been thinking of getting one. Does anyone have a brand recommendation?
 

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I say get the toaster oven, but I would get one that has the fan in it. They cook more throughly and stuff doesn't burn in one place.
 

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My new toaster oven is now residing on my counter. If I wasn't so freakin' tired right now, I'd go cook something! LOL<br><br>
Thanks for all your help, guys.<br><br>
Viva la Toaster Oven!<br><br>
(I think I'll put that in my siggy!)
 

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We have a Cuisanart convection/ toaster oven and love it. I got rid of the microwave and toaster over the summer and never looked back. I love how the toaster oven toasts, bakes things and takes care of bagels/ muffins. I reheat some leftovers on the stovetop and bought an electric popcorn maker, but that's worked out fine. I bought it on Amazon for about $100.
 

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When we got rid of our microwave, I put the bread machine where it had been sitting, since I was using it all the time. You can imagine the looks we got when my then-3-year-old would tell people "We don't use a microwave. We use a bread machine instead!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I haven't owned a microwave in years. There are just a few things it is more convenient for. The toaster oven may take a few minutes longer, but <b>everything just tastes better out of the toaster oven</b>.<br><br>
I'm not thrilled with my current toaster oven. It's a toastmaster lightwave. It's nice that it is really roomy inside--I can fit an 8x8 baking dish comfortably, but it won't let me choose the cooking temperatures!! I have to do a lot of guessing on time. I'd get one of similar size but with more control options.
 
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