The following is my honest review of the Oster XL French Door Toaster Oven. Why is it honest you say? Well because this review is based on my personal experience, not some comments found on the internet.
My stove was on the fritz due to my hydro flickering on and off because of a storm, blew the electric control panel and because of the age of my stove there are no parts available. While I was shopping around for a deal on my next range, I thought a toaster oven would suit my needs in the meantime.
So, during my last shopping trip at the local Costco store I noticed a really nice toaster oven. My old toaster oven was just that OLD, so I bought the French Door Oster Toaster Oven to bake in while I wait to replace my stove, and I wanted a smaller oven to just bake a pie or some cookies without having to heat a large capacity oven.
The first thing I noticed on the toaster is that there is a gap between the French doors, at least a 1/4 inch space. I didn’t think this would affect the toast function but I thought it might be an issue with baking.
Toast comes out great, although I was accustomed to my old digital toaster oven that showed an LCD screen with a number, also made by Oster, I am going to have to get used to the little notches beside the dials.
The first thing I baked was a small batch of cookies on the bake function. The cookies came out fine. Just like a regular oven, the toaster needs a 10 minute preheat to get the toaster oven up to temperature.
Next I baked chicken wings on the convection function at 400°F for 60 minutes. I put a tray of wings on both shelves (there’s 2 shelves by the way) after an hour the wings on the top shelf had some color, the wings on the lower rack were still white, so I switched racks and put the wings from the lower rack on to the top rack and flipped each wing over.
After another 45 minutes and switching the temperature to 450°F the wings were finally done.
When baking, roasting and grilling, so far, I have found that I need to use a higher temperature than recommended by the recipe.
When opening the French doors you need enough space on either side to be able to open them far enough to make them engage (click) in the open position, not doing so will allow them to close up again, a lot of times with your hands still in the way, resulting in slight burns when the doors are hot.
I like that the oven is very roomy, most baking pans or casserole dishes can fit quite easily.
Overall, I would recommend this toaster oven.
For a great biscuit recipe follow this link – https://www.urbanwhisk.com/orange-cranberry-scones/