Baking and Cooking in a toaster oven
Most people, we assume, only use a pop up camper for weekend trips. That means paper plates, hotdogs and s’mores on the fire, and very little dish washing. But we’re living in our pop up camper - we don't consider it camping - and didn’t want to change the food we ate or how we ate it.
When we decided to purchase the a pop up camper to live in, we had to figure out how we would bake things. Pop up campers have a stove, but I don’t know if many have an oven, as well. Our gas stove, original to our camper, works great. It is a little bulky (hello 1995) and there really isn’t a medium setting, but it gets the job done. We use it a ton but stoves can’t do it all.
So back when we were still living in our house, I started trying to figure out if we could use the toaster oven for baking.
What We’ve Got
Our toaster oven was less than a year old when I started experimenting - a wedding present from Phil’s mom and stepdad! It wasn’t the cheapest toaster oven out there but it wasn’t an expensive one either. Here it is on Bed Bath and Beyond's website.
The Right Temperature
The toaster oven has a setting for temperature but how accurate is it? Pretty accurate actually. I used our oven thermometer to figure out how close the setting was to the actual temperature. Other than needing to go past the temperature and then come back to the setting (because the knob is kind of loose), the temperature was pretty dead on to what I set it to.
Cookies. Pizza. Calzones.
Now that I knew I could rely on the temperature settings, it was time to attempt something. I started with cookies. Delicious! I cooked a pizza (homemade crust) - it baked and was very tasty! Cookies and pizza seem pretty temperamental - much more so than enchiladas or lasagna - and more incline to disaster if a toaster oven wasn’t as efficient as a regular oven. We can fit a 9”x9” pan in our toaster oven - perfect for a few enchiladas (which lasts us a couple meals!) or small batch of lasagna.
The key here is small. I make half batches of baked goods and we don’t try to bake anything that’s more than 4 servings, generally. We don’t have room in our icebox for that many leftovers anyway!
We’ve made pizza and calzones (homemade dough, homemade sauce), biscuits, scones, cookies, bread, enchiladas, roasted vegetables, toasted sandwiches and lasagna. In addition to baking, we use it to warm leftovers up (no microwave, either!) The toaster oven is a great option for baking and cooking - as long as you are not making Thanksgiving dinner!
We also carry around plates/bowls (just one for each of us) we used when we were still in a house. We've definitely broken a one or two but we love not eating off of plastic or paper.
Do you do a lot of cooking in your pop up camper? Or do you use your toaster oven for cooking and baking?
Some of the tasty food we've cooked in the pop up camper. If you can, get Phil to make you the green enchiladas. They are AMAZING. They take a little bit of time so you're really going to have to butter him up!
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