Lately I have been on a cooking journey to try and expand my horizons in the kitchen. I have discovered some truly wonderful recipes that have turned out better than I had expected. It has been fun learning new techniques and experimenting with different types of cuisine. The one thing I really do not enjoy however is using the oven. It is big, bulky, and it is not a self cleaning model. This is why I have been looking to upgrade my countertop oven into something a little more capable of cooking rather than just reheating and toasting.
My brother just moved into a new house and he was looking to stock his own kitchen with some of the bare essentials. I offered him my current toaster oven since he does not really prepare a lot of his own meals. He accepted it. This was great for me as I just wanted a good excuse to get a new toaster oven on my own. I had be looking every so often as to what was out there, but now it was time to start my search in earnest.
I knew that I had wanted a Breville oven because they seemed to have all of the features that I needed so it was time to do some real research. I began my quest by reviewing the latest toaster oven ratings to see if there were any better options. Turns out that Breville is still the leader when it comes to countertop convection ovens which was exactly what I had my eye on. I pulled the trigger on their top of the line model and I never looked back.
What Oven Did I Get?
While I could of saved a little my by getting the BOV800XL I really wanted an interior light. It’s a petty thing I know, but I went with the BOV845BSS to get this feature. This model is currently rated as the best toaster oven for serious cooking. It also came with an extra slow cook setting that I have used a couple of times. I really splurged but I have not regretted it one bit. This oven has a number of high end features that I have really enjoyed.
- Stainless steel design makes it look ultra-modern. This appliance is the shining star of my kitchen, literally.
- Super simple controls that required no learning curve.
- Interior light….oh yeah.
- Convection cooking feature that works as advertised. Everything comes out even and requires a little less time to cook.
- Roomy interior that can handle one of my favorite cooking dishes. It also comes with baking pans that have really gotten a workout.
- Preset functions are nice. I have had no problems leaving it up to the toaster oven using these.
- LCD display is another nice touch that screams modern technology.
- Relatively quiet when operating. There is a slight hum when you have the convection fan on. When it is off you can barely hear anything.
These are just a few of the areas where this oven shines. One word of caution, and this goes for most toaster ovens, is that the top of the oven gets rather hot while cooking. I knew this going in and so I also ponied up for the cutting board that Breville makes for their toaster ovens. It is meant to go on top and this way you can place items on top of it and use it as a shelf. This is a good idea if you have a small kitchen and need all of the space that you can get.
What I Have Made So Far
I have been non-stop in the kitchen since this arrived on my doorstep. This was one of the best gifts that I have given to myself and I have really gone to town with trying out all kinds of recipes.
I have enjoyed trying out full meals with my new Breville oven. One of the first things I tried was one of the favorites that I used to make in my full sized oven and that was ribs. I baked them for just under 2 hours and then broiled them for a few minutes on each side. The meat was literally falling off the bone. They were extremely juicy and tender and I knew right there that I had made the right decision.
I have also cooked a ton of homemade pizza and I cannot get enough of it. I went a little crazy trying all of the pizza recipes that I could find. I’ve also roasted a whole chicken, yes there is room. I’ve also made a pot roast, casserole, turkey pot pie from scratch, and lots of fish. Everything comes out perfectly done. I was kind of weary on a few of my dishes, but in the end I was overjoyed with the results. I can’t stop looking for new recipes to try as I have yet to find one that did not turn out great.
I have kind of a sweet tooth as well so I put those baking pans that come with the oven to the test. Pies, cookies, and cakes and everything in between have been made so far and this oven handles it all beautifully. I usually make more than I can eat alone so I end up giving half of it to friends and family and they smile whenever they see me coming with a covered dish. They have also benefited from my new kitchen hobby and are amazed that all of this was prepared in a toaster oven.
Get One and Don’t Look Back
If you love to eat or love to cook and are on the fence about trying one of these smaller ovens, you need not worry. A modern countertop convection oven offers exceptional versatility and convenience that well let you create some extraordinary delights in the kitchen. I was worried at first because of the cost, but it has quickly made up for it with what it has delivered. They are also easy to maintain and keep clean, something that was a burden with my full sized range oven. You won’t regret getting one of these for your home.
Here is one of the recipes that I actually tried and it was a huge hit with the family. My dicing skills are not quite up to par, but everything else turned out terrific.