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The other day I got up really late for work. The alarm had gone off but did not hear it. I hurriedly got out of bed to the shower and finally I was in my office suit. However all through I kept wondering how I was going get a quick breakfast. I quickly remembered my toaster oven could help me fix a fast snack. With little hesitation I walked to the kitchen made a quick but perfect snack and I was off to work on time. As I drove off to work I could not stop thinking of the benefits of the toaster oven.

Saves energy

It uses much less energy than a normal electric oven. The size and manufacture model ensures heat is concentrated on the food rather than being sucked out by air. The concentrated heat makes food to be heat much faster. It also reduces the energy bills.

Saves space and weight

The toaster ovens are very ideal for small kitchens. Its small size and weight ensures the kitchen space is effectively deployed. By many standards my kitchen is quite small and my toaster oven fits quite well.

Variety of cooking

It versatility of the toaster oven allows for a variety of cooking methods. These include broiling, baking, and toasting. Its temperature control to a range of up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit can produce a nice crispy pizza and crunch French fries.

Equally I always find it very easy to prepare a number of recipes on my toaster oven. This may be quite different if I was using say a microwave. It overcomes most of the shortfall of the microwave and provides unique capabilities.

I am able to prepare a number of recipes on my oven. Some of my favorites include Greek flatbread, Maple-Mustard Salmon, Crab Bruschetta, Chicken Flautas, and Garlic-Roasted Asparagus. There are a number of many other recipes I could cook.


I like to use both stainless steel and non-stick cookware as each of them serves a different purpose. As the stainless steel cookware set is able to transfer heat easily, I mostly use it to cook meat, frying eggs and frying fish because you can lose a lot of time by cooking them in a non-stick cookware. (Find out here)

Stainless steel seems to be the best cookware to use when you are cooking meat because it cooks faster and it bring out more flavors to the food. But the disadvantage of it is you need to thoroughly clean the cookware after that.

So, here are the ways to clean the stainless steel cookware efficiently. 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Pots and Pans

"What You Need

Bar Keepers Friend (a non-abrasive and non-bleach cleaner which only cost around $2 in most hardware stores)
Scrubbing pad (a Dobie pad  or non-abrasive sponge is ideal to minimize scratches)
Rubber gloves (optional, but recommended)


  1. Pour a very small amount of water into the pot, then add a few generous shakes of Bar Keepers Friend.
  2. Mix the water and powder together. (My mixture was more watery, but you can use less water for more of a paste texture, too.)
  3. Using a sponge, spread the mixture up the sides and all around the pot.
  4. Now apply some vigorous elbow grease and scrub away at the stains! This could take you anywhere from 5 - 10 minutes. Add more Bar Keepers Friend to your sponge for determined stains.
  5. Repeat for the outside of the pot.
  6. Rinse and dry!.."

For non stick cookware, I use it mostly to stir fry vegetables or cook soup in it because they won't leave any residue sticking at the bottom of the pot and vegetables are easily cooked in it. Since the non stick pan has some health issues if high heat is applied when it is cooking, I have no problem cooking vegetables in them using medium heat. But it wouldn't be same for cooking meat under medium heat because it will seem to take forever for the meat to be cooked. (More:

Both stainless steel and non-stick cookware have their pros and cons. The stainless steel cookware is the best cookware to have because it has excellent conductivity making food evenly heated up. While non-stick cookware has less conductivity compare to the stainless steel cookware.

However, non-stick cookware is easy to clean compare to the stainless steel. Some claim that you don't need much oil when cooking using a non stick cookware which seems to be healthy. Unlike the non stick cookware where all you need is to sponge clean the cookware, stainless steel cookware need to be scrubbed because often food will get stuck on the pan and it won't go off by normal washing.

Although non-stick cookware is not so efficient in transferring heat, somehow I find it as an advantage because when cooking is slow to heat up, I can wash dishes in the middle of cooking without any risk of my food being burnt. Thus, when heating up things with a non-stick cookware, you need to be more cautious because it is claim that it can be hazardous to your health when too much high heat is applied to the cookware. Therefore, it is best to go for medium heat when cooking with a non-stick cookware.