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countertop convection ovens

Redbone Jul 12, 2005 09:52 AM

We live in a rural area and use propane. After my most recent $800 bill (Gasp, choke--it is a big tank, though) I am considering a countertop convection oven, especially as we have no AC and I don't like using my oven in summer anyway. Can you use it like a toaster. Anyone feel passionate about their model?

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    Hungry Celeste RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 10:25 AM

    I'm in the market for a new toaster oven, and I noticed that the new higher-end toaster ovens all have a convection feature. They're less than $100; in fact, I'm having trouble finding a full-featured toaster oven WITHOUT a convection feature. They're worth a try, considering your propane expenses!

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      Sarah C RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 10:59 AM

      I have a combination microwave/convection oven that I love. The thing is 10 years old or more and still going. I use the convection feature for smaller roasting tasks, and also for baking quick breads, muffins and cornbread (not for yeasted breads, though). This saves counter space (particularly since I don't do a lot of microwaving but sometimes it's handy to have one) and, as you suggested, doesn't heat the kitchen as much as the large oven would -- I live in Phoenix so this is a real concern here. I've had it so long that I can't even remember who made it, but from time to time I've checked in appliance stores to see if these things are still available, because surely mine won't last forever, and there are still models on the market. If you go to a well stocked appliance store they should be able to offer you several models, even though they may not be displayed.

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        wendy8869 RE: Sarah C Jul 12, 2005 12:33 PM

        I've been looking for one of these in my area for quite some time. My parents had a larger size combo when I was a kid, could fit at least a medium size bird in it. Now that I want one for myself (theirs is long gone), all I have seen on the market these days are little ones. Does anybody know of one I could check out online or brands I could ask for? I have been unsuccessful... Thanx!

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          Junie D RE: wendy8869 Jul 12, 2005 01:58 PM

          Viking makes a larger convection/microwave that goes into the wall.

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            Ginger Wolf RE: Junie D Jul 12, 2005 03:58 PM

            So does Kitchenaid. Very sleek model. On the other hand, I use the countertop Cusinart toaster/convection for most everything in the summer. Rarely turn on the oven, I live in the desert. Too hot to eat, let alone have the oven on.
            The Cusinart works flawlessly, toast and potatoes. Thinking about buying another, will maybe try the DeLonghi for work. Frozen meals and such.

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          Sarah C RE: Sarah C Jul 13, 2005 10:59 AM

          I checked when I got home last night and mine was made by Quasar. But like I said, that was 10 years ago or longer, so I don't know if they still make them.

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            Tom RE: Sarah C Jul 17, 2005 07:46 AM

            Let me add my vote for the convection microwave oven. Mine is by Sharp. It is extremely fast and meat (pork in particular) is very moist and tender.

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            Keri T. RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 11:13 AM

            I'm a fan of my cuisinart one, it's digital and so far has been good to me, I've had it for about a year.

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              JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester) RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 02:09 PM

              I'm out in Phoenix, and in summer the convection oven is the ONLY way we bake. We keep it out on the back porch so that the house doesn't get heated up in the slightest.

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                lala RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 02:34 PM

                I have a countertop DeLonghi toaster/convection oven (About $100) and I use it for Everything from toast, to baking small amounts of bread/biscuits, baking french onion soup, roasting meat, etc. I live alone, but for 1-2 people, it's perfect, and I rarely use my regular oven any more.

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                  LT from LF RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 02:49 PM

                  I have a DeLonghi countertop convection oven, which a bought a few years back when I catered a friend's wedding. It has a rotisserie option that I use every Thanksgiving and Christmas; I have used it for capons, pheasants, chickens, and last year a goose. It's lightweight enough to transport to other people's houses. I also use it for baking (convection or non-convection), broiling (fish, duck breast, etc.), and, although I haven't used it, there's a dehydrate setting. The only time I use my big oven is if I have something too large (say, an enormous turkey, or a sheet cake) that doesn't fit in the convection oven. I've never had a problem with it!

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                    Lanny RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 05:23 PM

                    We've been using a nice one from Hearthware. It's called Nu-Wave. It's touchpad tecnology infrared and, thus far it works just great. Birds, ribs, meatloaf, fish, chops too thus far.

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                      Redbone RE: Redbone Jul 12, 2005 05:46 PM

                      Thanks for all the responses! I am inspired now--willl check Tuesday Morning, which sometimes has them.

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