A toasty poll for Crunchy…


When I received my first CSA delivery, I was so excited at the prospect of cooking up a local, organic storm — until this funny, stripey yellow thing surfaced from underneath the cabbage. It was a Delicata squash, and I wasn’t too sure what to do with it. Usually, if I eat squash, I like to roast it, or use it in a soup (but even then, it still tastes better when it’s roasted first). The problem is, my oven is currently out of commission.

So I’m wondering if I should invest in a toaster oven. On the one hand, it would sort of throw Change #67 out the window and mean buying more stuff that will probably come with more packaging; but on the other hand, it would mean that, even when my challenge is over, I could heat up a lot of food without having to heat up an oven five-times the size.

Here, then, is a link to the poll for you to give me your opinion (I couldn’t put it directly into my blog because WordPress is dumb). I dedicate it to the Queen of Blog Polls, Ms. Crunchy Chicken, who’s had to deal with some very sad news recently and probably has far more important things to worry about than this. So without further ado,

Take me to the toasty poll!

20 Responses to A toasty poll for Crunchy…

  1. anon says:

    Toaster ovens are awesome! I really like to cook and actually lived in an apartment that didn’t have an oven (the place was literally too small) for 3 years. I came up with a lot of really creative uses for the toaster oven – I think I even managed to bake bread in mine once. Now that I have a full size oven, I still use the toaster oven more often than the big oven (just not for bread).

  2. Shawn says:

    This new toaster oven is coming from a second hand store, right? Like a goodwill or whatever the hell they have in Toronto like that. Just don’t buy an old skanky one with a 70s electrical cord that burns down your apartment. Oh, or don’t get one that smells funny, like – oh nevermind, you get the idea 🙂

    I vote yes for toaster oven, but no for brand new. Kthxbye!

  3. dinsky says:

    I LOVE my toaster over, grew up with one! It’s much more energy efficient, and will save many kilowatts in the future!

  4. teaspoon says:

    I didn’t want to answer the poll question because my solution isn’t an option. Toaster ovens are extremely easy to find at thrift stores and garage sales, and I see them offered on my local Freecycle at least once a week. Find a used toaster oven instead of buying a new one. I got mine from Freecycle, and once I cleaned it, it was as good as new.

  5. Jen says:

    I got a free toaster oven too, and it cut down my energy costs lots because I wasn’t heating up my big beasty oven. And I use it all the time!

  6. Anna says:

    I never thought I’d be saying this but “Cheers, to the Toaster Oven!”. I agree that we should be careful not to just buy more stuff BUT I do think of how many times I have had to warm up our huge oven when a small toaster oven would have been perfect. Hmmmm….

  7. emily says:

    I use mine for leftovers (if they are better not heated up in a pan on the stove), for roasting sunflower seeds to put on salad, for toasting bread… Definitely preferable to a vertical toaster.

  8. Kirk says:

    Yea for the toaster oven. Unless you have plans to go raw, then consider its myriad uses. Plus, it’s the favorite appliance of Alice Waters.

  9. Beth Terry says:

    We might as well have unplugged our oven because we never, ever use it. (Well, except when I was experimenting with pita-making.) We do, however, use our toaster oven several times a week. So, yes. Go for it.

  10. Emmanuel says:

    ya know what? them george forman grills actually are great for squash, and peppers, and green onions (with a hint of olive oil, salt and lime), boca sausages, seitan, tempeh… yeah on and on. and I use it to toast my sandwiches to make panini too. still doesn’t melt the soy cheese though, sigh… but neither does an oven!

  11. Nicole says:

    I love my toaster oven. I got one last Christmas that’s large enough to even fit a pizza in (although I tried cooking a pizza in it and have to admit that it didnt’ work so well). However, I use it for all toasting (don’t have a toaster in addition to the toaster oven) and all baking of smaller items like batches of granola bars.

  12. Leah says:

    Toaster ovens are great, but before you get one find out how much energy it uses. Some toaster ovens are not insulated (unlike ovens) and can use a surprisingly large amount of energy.

  13. Morgan says:

    Grab up a used one!!! Then you’re reusing too! Enjoy your squash…Cheers

  14. chile says:

    I picked up a used toaster oven for $5. It works great and keeps the kitchen cooler. George Foreman grills show up used pretty often and are also very versatile. No oil needed to grill almost any kind of veggie on it (plus veggie burgers).

  15. I agree on the used idea! I bought a (new) one before I started cutting back all kinds of things. We do have a gas oven, so I have invested in some electric appliances (kettle, bread machine [used!], and toaster oven) as alternatives — all our electricity is wind-powered.

  16. Melissa says:

    I second all the “second hand” suggestions. I voted yes on the poll.. but with the caveat that it is not a new toaster, but a recycled one!


  17. Carreen says:

    Well, I thought I was going to give you an original idea, but I will just second the buy a used or go to Freecycle sentiment!

  18. Judith says:

    I say don’t buy one…. at least not yet. Use the lack of toaster oven to propel you to explore other ways of preparing that delicata (sliced, steamed, then drizzled with olive oil and herbs, say). You can get one later,

  19. Deb C says:

    Delicata squash is wonderful cooked in the oven with a touch of butter and maple syryup. Don’t waste it! Buy yourself a toaster oven and then I’ll do the same.

  20. Amy says:

    Get your toaster oven from a second hand store save all the way around! Woot!

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