Many have said that the quality of toaster ovens has dropped over the years. This can be because microwave ovens have risen in prominence and toaster ovens are not used as often because of the quick cooking times of microwaves. But don’t count toaster ovens out just yet; while microwaves do cook food quickly, the results aren’t necessarily appealing. Foods cooked in the microwave often are soggy and unappetizing because of the way microwaves warm up food. Also, your options in the microwave are mainly limited to microwaveable dinners and pre-cooked foods. In toaster ovens, you can prepare fresh foods and even make entire meals. They can do the same things as full sized ovens but in half the time. The Hamilton Beach 31230 Toaster Oven is a more recent model of toaster oven that is a step up above the rest. It is known as the “Set and Forget” toaster oven for a reason. You can insert the food, set the oven, and forget it until it is done. The oven will do all of the cooking and temperature regulating on its own, and you won’t have to worry about your food being overcooked, undercooked or burned.
The Hamilton Beach 31230 will serve perfectly cooked meat and other foods each time you use it. It has a built in probe that ensures the food is cooked evenly throughout. The oven uses convection cooking technology to not only cook food fast, but at an even temperature throughout. The temperature probe ensures that meat is cooked to a safe temperature without overcooking it. You can cook food the old fashioned without needing separate temperature probes or convection settings. Once the time or temperature limit has been reached, the oven will switch to warm mode. On the outside of the oven is a digital touchpad that adds to the simplicity of this oven. There are no complicated controls to use and you can set the temperature and cooking settings fairly easily. The interior of the oven is also very easy to clean, since it is light non-stick. Simply use a wet cloth to clean the inside. Included with the oven is a crumb tray, bake pan, and broil rack. The oven is big enough to fit twelve slices of toast, a seven pound chicken, or a twelve inch pizza.
There are many things that make Hamilton Beach 31230 a good toaster oven. For one, the toast settings are perfectly accurate and produce well toasted bread each time. Say goodbye to those days of burnt toast. It is great for baking as well. You can bake a variety of baked goods in this oven such as cupcakes, cakes, muffins, pies, cookies, and the like. However, it should be kept in mind that the temperatures are up to twenty five degrees lower across the range. This can be fixed by simply rising the temperature, or by using the convection mode to cook everything evenly. This does not take away from the experience of using the oven. Baking a twelve inch pizza in the oven works just fine. This oven is also great for broiling. It comes with a broil rack on which you can broil your favorite meats and vegetables. On the other hand, the oven does not have an interior light.
If you are a frequent baker, then you will find this oven perfect for making things like brownies, cakes and all of your other favorite baked goods.
The convection setting will ensure that your pastries and cakes are baked evenly all around. No more burned edges on cakes and pies that are cold in the middle. It can bake as well or even better than a conventional oven. Included with the oven comes a cooking manual that includes cooking charts. With these charts, you can determine how to cook all of your favorite foods in the oven. The accompanying temperature probe has a miniature compartment for storage so you won’t have to worry about losing it. With timed baking, it will shut off automatically after a certain temperature or time has been reached. If you know the exact time your food takes to bake, then you can simply set the timer and forget about while it’s baking. This saves you the trouble of having to constantly check it to see if it is done. The warm mode can last for as much as two hours. However, while the rack has room for twelve slices, it can be difficult to fit as many at once. The accessories require hand cleaning and are not dishwasher safe, but this is only a minor inconvenience. Also, chicken breasts may take longer than expected to broil.
This user friendly oven makes it easy for those who are short of time to prepare their favorites foods without having to sacrifice flavor, texture or quality. The set and forget options makes it much more convenient to prepare foods in Hamilton Beach 31230 Toaster Oven, since you can be assured of the doneness of the food without having to worry about it being under or overcooked, and without constantly having to check the food. There is a limit variety of temperatures in the settings, i.e. you cannot set the temperature to any in between temperatures outside of the intervals of twenty five degrees. So you cannot, for example, set the temperature to 385 degrees. Toasting comes out even, but it may take a bit too long for some. The crumb tray is a bit small as well, as some of the crumbs that fall escape the tray and reach the bottom of the oven. In addition, the top and the sides of the oven can get pretty hot, so take caution not to touch them while operating the oven. Other than these few flaws, the oven works perfectly fine. For the price, it is definitely a high quality oven. The customer response has been overly positive. The oven does exactly what it is supposed to with very few shortcomings.