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Oct 18, 2010 06:29 AM

Throwdown: Toaster Oven vs. Microwave

Do hounds tend to prefer one or the other?

I vastly prefer a toaster oven. The microwave that came with my kitchen went into storage so I could use its shelf for cookbooks and I haven't once missed it. I can't think of an application where the microwave is a better alternative, but more than one guest to my house has noticed the microwave missing so I'm wondering which appliance gets more votes.

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  1. So the toaster oven makes good popcorn?

    16 Replies
    1. re: ferret

      Touche! We aren't big popcorn people so haven't run into that particular problem. :)

      1. re: Aravisea

        My vote is always for the toaster oven.

        I won't eat microwave popcorn because of the carcinogens emitted from the Fluorooctanoic acid used to coat the bags. I make popcorn the old fashioned way.

        1. re: FoodChic

          FoodChick: Re; MW popcorn: Not to mention the diacetyl particulates, long-term exposure to which can cause bronchiolitis obliterans.

            1. re: FoodChic

              *munches down another handful of microwaved popcorn*

              1. re: ZenSojourner

                Have at it. You won't find it in my house.

                1. re: FoodChic

                  *munches down ANOTHER handful of microwaved popcorn*


                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                    Remeber that popcorn during your chemo treatments. :-)

                    1. re: FoodChic

                      Yeah - it's not cancer the stuff in microwave popcorn causes, and its not eating it that's the problem.

                      Its the diacetyl they were using, it causes scarring of the lungs if you BREATHE it. Only 3 people outside of popcorn processing plants ever got that disease, and one of them still got it as a work-related situation (she was microwaving 30 bags of microwave popcorn in a row in a small enclosed space).

                      They don't use diacetyl in microwave popcorn anymore. Though some of the stuff they've replaced it with is raising hackles. Not because it's caused anyone problems, but because some people are afraid it MIGHT, some day.

                      So as long as I keep it down to something under 30 bags of popcorn a day and don't make it a habit to breathe deeply as I take it out of the microwave, I'm good.

                2. re: ZenSojourner

                  Hilarious ZS! I'd be munching with you if I had any popcorn! lolz

            2. re: FoodChic

              My microwave pops the same popcorn as whatever method you are using.

              1. re: FoodChic

                Put 1-2 TBS popcorn in a brown paper bag. Nothing else NEEDS to go in, but some like to add a tsp of their favorite oil. Fold the end shut and tape or staple shut. (The staples will be ok in the microwave and WON'T arc). Microwave until popping slows down - this will take some experimentation - it depends on your microwave. You want it long enough to pop most of the kernels without burning any.

                You now have your own microwave popcorn, done the way you like, quickly and easily, with just a bag to throw away. AND none of the artificial junk they put in commercial microwave popcorn!

            3. re: ferret

              So you've never made popcorn on your stovetop???

              1. re: c oliver

                I have, which is why I find the microwave that much more appealing. I've also boiled water on my stovetop, reheated small portions of leftovers on the stovetop, etc. I've also baked potatoes in my oven. I can do nearly everything I need to do without a microwave, but I can do many things quicker and easier with a microwave.

              2. re: ferret

                I like air popped best, myself.

              3. Both are vital in our kitchen!

                Example -- I use the micro to thaw frozen waffles before heating them in the TO. Conversely, I use the micro to finish heating up Toaster Scrambles in the TO because they inevitably remain slightly cold in the middle.

                Most leftovers -- micro. Leftover pizza -- TO

                And so on and so forth.

                1. Neither...I recently discovered the beauty of the ultravection oven, and it puts a microwave and toaster oven to shame! Everything comes out crispy as can be, as if it were deep fried, without the grease! It is truly marvelous thing!!!

                  1. I have both and use both. The toaster oven is an energy efficient alternative to heating up the big oven for a small item. If one were in an either/or situation, they could get a MW/convection which is what I have. That then gives me a second oven also.

                    1. I use the microwave for warming and softening tortillas, cooking bacon, melting cheese and reheating leftovers. Our toaster oven is used mostly for making toast and bagels.