If you’re looking at getting a new appliance for your kitchen, it’s worth doing some research before you buy. Perhaps your old toaster has broken down and you’re wondering whether you should invest in a toaster or upgrade to a fully fledged toaster oven. But is it an upgrade? Do toaster ovens cook as well as toasters, or will it just take up more space in your kitchen?
It’s clear that a toaster oven offers far more options than your regular toaster would. In a normal toaster you’re confined to the world of breaded delights such as bagels, pop tarts and regular, boring toast (no offence toast). But with a toaster oven, you open up a whole new world of possibilities. You can cook everything, from chickens to chickpeas – okay, not many people will cook chickpeas in a toaster oven, but at least it’s a possibility.
Before you purchase either, you should really assess what your criteria is. What do I need? Do I need the convenience of a toaster, or the sheer power of a toaster oven? Lets have a look at the pros and cons of both and see what the verdict is.
After running through the pros and cons of each appliance, the question still remains; do toaster ovens cook as well as toasters? The answer? Well, it depends on what you’re cooking. In our opinion, a toaster will almost certainly cook toast better than a toaster oven. This is due to the proximity of the toast from the heating elements; a toaster is designed to just cook toast. Whereas a toaster oven is designed to do a multitude of different things. If you’re cooking anything larger than toast, you might be better off looking at a toaster oven for your needs.
If you’re conscious about the amount of calories in oven chips, then you’re right to be so. They’re fairly high in calories, as they’re primarily made up of carbohydrates but also have a substantial amount of fat in them too. Though we do think that oven chips get a fairly bad rap in comparison to other foods. It seems that the most common criticism is that they’re very ‘more-ish’, and it’s easy to eat a lot of them. But, if you’re good at portioning out your meals and have some self control, oven chips aren’t the worst thing in the world by any means.
There’s a lot of talk about the best way to cook your chips to make sure that they’re low in calories. Whilst this can be true, we also think that it’s kind of a fad. You can reduce the amount of fat in your chips but home cooking them, but the calorie count isn’t going to be massively different by any means.
So, with all of these chips compared to each other, what can we really conclude from this information? Well, the calories in oven chips is pretty similar in all of them. With the most calorific being the McCains oven chips, this is only because they have a higher amount of carbohydrates in them, likely meaning they are made up of more potato.
What we can see though is that the homemade chips aren’t actually lower in calories than any of the others. Of course, there might be other recipes that lower the calorie count slightly, but that won’t make too much of an impact. The likelihood is that homemade chips won’t be any lower in calories than the ones you buy from the store.
Unless we’re talking sweet potato chips, but that’s a whole other story!