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Decoding Toaster Ovens

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Decoding Toaster Ovens

BMartin | May 17, 2009 03:07 PM

I bought a Kenmore toaster oven that has convection. It has four modes--bake, broil, toast, and pizza. The broil function is like a regular oven, i.e., only the top element heats, but during the bake function both elements--upper and lower--are on. Therefore, unlike a regular oven, where only the bottom flame is on during the bake function, the toaster oven has both elements on and therefore the food being baked gets charred on the top. The "pizza" function is a complete mystery--both elements are also on--but since I will never eat a frozen pizza, which is what it is apparently designed for, I pretty much ignore it.

The question is, is this odd "bake" configuration--where both elements are on--endemic to toaster ovens, or do I just have a wierd model?

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