Here, I depart from reviewing books, educational things, and electronic technology to tell you about a toaster oven.
Our toaster oven was aging, toasting more slowly and less evenly, and continued to do one thing it always did well: taking up an inordinate amount of space on the counter. It was time for a change.
So I looked at all the toaster ovens and found out that fora bout fifty bucks I could replace it with a similar model, plus or minus, maybe a bit more to my exact taste but not almost broken. But every now and then while I looked through the various write-ups on toaster oven, there kept reappearing this one item from Panasonic, which as closer to a hundred and fifty bucks than to fifty bucks. So, naturally, I ignored it.
Then, one day, I accidentally read about it. Wanted it. Put it on my Christmas list. Got it. Early. It is fantastic. Thank you to my secret Santa!
Have ever been to one of those sandwich or bagel shops, and you ask for something “toasted” and they stick this cold uncooked thing in the oven and nine seconds later it comes out done!!??? Well, the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven is the home version of this preternatural technology. Instead of using hot coils to cook, it uses two kinds of heat rays. The device acts as an oven for cooking small things, with excellent computer controlled temperature control and near zero warm up time. It is still not a regular oven, but it actually does work in this way, unlike most toaster ovens. You should not broil things in this oven but anything that is treated like toast can not only be toasted very evenly and quickly, but if you fiddle with the settings, it can be super rapidly toasted with interesting results.
For example, everybody eats Eggos these days, right? Huxley has them almost every morning, I leave them in the little box in the back yard for him. If you want to cook frozen waffles, there is a button for that on the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven. This toasts the outside of the waffle evenly while at the same time slowing down the toasting process a little to account for the fact that he waffle is frozen.
But, Huxley actually prefers his waffles a bit soft on the inside and not very cook. He’s probably eat them frozen if he knew that was a possibility. Anyway, I eschew the waffle button, and instead, crank the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven up to maximum and heat-ray the frozen waffles for 90 seconds to two minutes. In the morning, I make Amanda a cup of coffee to go, make my own coffee, get Huxley’s school snack ready, make him breakfast, and feed the cat. I do this in more or less one rapid graceful motion — wooosh — so it all happens in minimal time and with minimal error. With this new preternatural oven, the timing has completely changed and allowed me to really tighten up the routine.
We are having some excellent open face grilled cheese sandwiches as well.
The inside of the Panasonic Toaster Oven is a little smaller than my previous too big oven. But also, the Panasonic doesn’t have insulated sides because it does not need them (get one, you’ll see what I mean). So as a result, I have enough extra room on my counter to pile at least one extra set of dirty dishes!
I mention above that the Panasonic NB-G110P Flash Xpress Toaster Oven is close to $150 in cost, but it is actually on sale now and gen be gotten for more like $110.