Wednesday, December 1, 2010

REVIEW OF THE HAMILTON BEACH COUNTERTOP OVEN (CSN STORES)

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Thanks to the folks at CSN stores, I had the opportunity to try the Hamilton Beach convection countertop oven (31199XR). This countertop convection oven is great for small kitchens or doubles as a second oven. The extra-large capacity allows you to quickly cook everything from a 5-pound chicken to a small roast or two 12'' pizzas. This countertop appliance can toast, bake, broil, and convection cook a variety of foods quickly and easily.     

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Features:
  • Extra-large toaster oven (6 - 8 slices) with convection.              
  • Holds two 12 inch pizzas
  • Convection cooks more evenly.       
  • Extra-large size. Easy to clean.
  • User-friendly control knob.
  • Adjustable temperature up to 450 degrees F.
  • 2-Hour timer with auto shut-of.
  • Slide-out crumb tra.
  • 2 Racks, 2 baking pans, broil grid, and user manual with recipes included.
  • 1-Year limited warranty.
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My Review.

This is a handy oven to have around.  The instructions were very easy to follow and there are temperature and time guidelines included in the booklet. We did not realize how big the oven was until it was delivered. The box was huge. We did not have room on our countertop in the kitchen, so we put it on the buffet table away from anything that could burn.
We decided to make chocolate chip cookies using the convection setting. I have always known that convection cooks more evenly and quicker.The recipe told us to set the oven at 350 degrees but we decided to set the oven on 325 degrees. The cookies cooked quicker on the bottom, so it is important to rotate the trays in to oven. The cookies were done in approx 5 minutes and tasted great.


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Precautionary and cleanup-

The oven's cabinet and glass door can become very hot quickly. So please be careful. There is a removable crumb tray that makes cleanup a snap. The inside of the oven is stainless steel and was easy to wipe when cooled. You can see above how easy the controls to read and if you have big hands you will not have a problem turning the dials.



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Overall this is a great oven for the money. You have to experiment with the temperatures and times when cooking  if you are using the convection setting. I had to reduce the temperature and the time otherwise the cookies would have burned.  I have not tried the broiling or baking setting yet.
        
The CSN website was very easy to navigate and there is so much to choose from. There are over 200+ stores and you will  find something that you like. The item was received in excellent condition and shipping was fast. I had a great experience with CSN stores.






Disclaimer: I received the oven from CSN stores for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

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