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5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know You Could Make in a Toaster Oven

04/14/2014 12:52 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2014

Toaster ovens are reserved for only toasting bread, right? While you certainly can toast bread in a toaster oven, the fact is that there are many things you can make with a toaster oven with surprising ease. Toaster ovens are in many ways like compact ovens, and can be used in much the same way that a traditional oven is used. We've compiled a list of 10 things you didn't know that you could make in a toaster oven.

Some of the ways in which a toaster oven can be used may surprise you. For example, you may never have thought to use a toaster oven for dehydrating fruit, but it is actually very easy to do. Making bread in a toaster oven? That can also be done very easily. Click on the slideshow to see the 10 things you didn't know that you could make in a toaster oven.

In addition to its ease and size, the toaster oven has other qualities that may prove beneficial to you. Because of its size, the toaster often uses less energy than a conventional oven, and in many cases works just as well.

Depending on the size and model of your toaster oven, and the size and weight of the bird, it's also possible to roast a whole chicken in a toaster oven. If you're looking to make more space in your kitchen by utilizing appliances you already have on hand, or just want to try something new, there are many interesting and useful ways to use a toaster oven that will make your job in the kitchen a little bit easier.

Jonathan Hirsch, The Daily Meal

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