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#31 gfweb

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 09:33 AM

Is the big one large enough to accommodate an un-spatchcocked 5 to 6 lb. chicken?

I'm not sure. I'd say probably.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

I agree with everyone who's saying to look really really really hard at the big one. It's enough larger that it can take the place of your standard range oven for many things, in ways the smaller one could not. I can fit a 9-inch dish (square or round) in mine, with plenty of room around it. My standard 13-inch pizza screen also fits in nicely (and the oven does a reasonably good job on a pizza). We don't typically get chickens that large, but I agree with gfweb that it probably would fit in.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:53 PM

If you have the room, get the larger one. Seriously.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

What Jaymes has said about hot-weather climates and toaster ovens holds especially true, but she missed one lovely feature of the TO that's essential to hot-climate cooking.  When it's 110 out and you absolutely don't want to add even half a degree more heat to your house, a toaster oven is portable and you can set it up outside.  Which means that if you've got a hankering for garlic cheese potatoes to go with your grilled meats, it's a snap to pull the oven out onto the balcony or deck and plug it in there.

 

 

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 07:30 PM

So which one did you get?

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 12:10 AM

I've not yet decided which to get.  Space in my apt is at a premium, although I could make the mid size oven work.  The smaller one is more than I even originally wanted, or felt that I needed, and it already costs more than what I intended to pay as a maximum.  My inclination is to go with the small one, but I want to take another look at the two at BBB.  As was pointed out upthread, BBB will allow an upgrade at no cost to me, so what have I to lose if I decide to get the bigger one later, some time?  And time is something I have plenty of, and I'm close to BBB (within 100 feet) at least once a week.  But I'll take another look, bring my coupon ...


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:53 AM

ask about the 'upgrade' possibility first.  not all stores may operate the same:  ie in TX my sisters BB&B wont take out of date coupons

 

:huh:

 

its TX after all. dont know if they require a Photo ID either.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:08 AM

In your case, unless you have a large family, get the smallest which will serve 85% of your toaster oven needs. The other 15% use your regular oven.

 

Because your electrical outlets are limited by Code in how much power (+- 1,800 watts) it can deliver, the bigger the toaster oven, the longer it takes to get up to temperature.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:11 AM

Have they solved the beeping/buzzer problem on the smallest of the Brevilles?


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:27 AM

Is the big one large enough to accommodate an un-spatchcocked 5 to 6 lb. chicken?

 

I think 6 lbs is the very top range, and it may even be pushing it. I've done 5lbs, though, and it was OK (barely).



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:06 AM

In your case, unless you have a large family, get the smallest which will serve 85% of your toaster oven needs. The other 15% use your regular oven.

 

Because your electrical outlets are limited by Code in how much power (+- 1,800 watts) it can deliver, the bigger the toaster oven, the longer it takes to get up to temperature.

 

dcarch

 

80% of the time, I'll just be using it for me, the balance for two people, when Toots is here.  The more I look at this, it becomes clear that the small one will do everything I want, and do it with some headroom.  It's already an upsell, and it doesn't seem necessary to go larger.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:09 AM

Have they solved the beeping/buzzer problem on the smallest of the Brevilles?

 

And what is the "beeping/buzzer problem?"


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:41 AM

in the Clear Light of Dawn Early Afternoon, Ive noticed a few things:  BigBoy is not really much bigger then Little ( Middle ? ) Boy.

 

its fits in the same space, and i have enough room in front of it for my SV Small Cooler  ( Re-Heater, 1 - 2 bag experimental tester ) as before.

 

it also is a convection oven, which the others are not.

 

Im very very pleased, and may indeed motor on back to BB&B and get the Pizza Stone, with a coupon, natch.

 

TJ's has some interesting Pizza's that are going to enjoy this oven, Esp. the French ones!  extra crispy.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

A note about the convection oven...uncovered by andesenji elsewhere...when on convection and coming up to temperature the oven will say its at temp when it is 25 deg below what you set it for and then come up to the temp a bit later.

 

Perhaps an overzealous engineer trying to keep us from incinerating out food.

 

Things do cook quicker in the BSO even when not set on convection.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:59 AM

Do you happen to know the lowest heat setting possible with the big SO?


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:15 AM

I just looked at my "crispy brand new Big Boy"   under bake the lowest temp is 120 degrees.

 

5 degree increments up to 450   

 

it this is true , this is going to be vary useful for low temp stuff.   my 8 year old gas range low it 170.  the previous item went to 140  but that one was abut 20 years ago.

 

this large BBoy is not just a bigger Jr.

 

the rack does not slide out unexpectedly, and has a 'standard' type feature missing on the mid-boy:  as you open the door the rack comes out about 4 inches.

 

I have still been unable to track down the pic of the Turbo-Chicken done on this oven.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:19 AM

Does the convection fan work at lower temperatures?


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:22 AM

yes it seems to.  the LED is much more informative on this one than the smaller.  it has to be it does a lot more.

 

there is a fan icon on the LED and a button just for turning on/off the fan on the set of buttons below the LED


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:28 AM

Added to my wishlist.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:29 AM

the SO big boy and cookies:

 

the large oven does indeed take a 1/4 sheet pan, of which i have a few from the 'triple sets' by chicago metalic Ive gotten from BB&B

 

Ive never used a convection oven before but under stand the fan helps a lot with quick bake items like cookies.

 

has anyone gotten an extra rack and baked two 1/4 sheet pans of cookies in this oven?

 

this is something id like to do as then Id have less to gobble up until the next baking session.

 

the dough would be kept in 2 x 1/4 sheet pan amounts frozen.

 

any ideas on times and temps for a Duo Pan Cookie Bake w the Fan?  its my impression that convection cooking is done about 25 degrees lower than Non-Fan?

 

many thanks



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:33 AM

the Delta T is 10 degrees F  not 5.  its 5 on the Cels. setting.

 

it also remembers your 'custom' settings.  this seems to be a feature for each type of cooking.

 

it remembers you custom Cookie settings.

 

now I just have to find an extra rack somewhere.


Edited by rotuts, 21 October 2013 - 09:35 AM.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:40 AM

The extra rack might screw up the fancy heat flow they talk about.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:41 AM

you might think the fan would take care of that.  but Im guessing the extra rack is going to be hard to find.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:45 AM

there is even a cookbook:

 

http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_sim_k_5

 

and a muffin pan / cake pan set

 

see above.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:46 AM

The cutting board accessory has heatproof feet and is good for the top on the BSO.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:57 AM

its on my list along with those baby Chicago Metalic Baking pan set  

 

http://www.amazon.co...er oven pan set



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:13 AM

in thinking more about these smart overns:

 

my old dumb GE TO  did stelar service for 30 + years.   it gave up the ghost a while back.  shame.

 

the mid-breville is really nothing too special.   at $ 180 ( - 20 % at BB&B only = $ 154 ) its a bit pricey for what it does.

 

the cheaper TO's at BB&B  ( also - 20 % ) might do the same things a lot cheaper. cant really say.

 

you enter a different zone completely with the B Big Boy :   $ 250 ( - 20 % BB&B  $ 199 )  its not much bigger etc

 

still not cheap, but seems well worth it should you start to bake with it and not just do toast etc.

 

it holds my favorite pyrex oblong pan I use exclusively for Meat Loaf.

 

I cant say what 'internal' clean up is going to be like for roasting, but I can live with that I think.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:28 AM

. So we tossed it after a year or so, and got that Oster ..

DW and I bought the Oster a few months ago. As a counter-top convection oven we like it. HOWEVER, after less than a week we pulled out the toaster and put it back on the counter. Setting the time for toast on the Oster is very hard to do accurately and repeatably. We are fortunate to have just enough room for both.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:51 PM

Is it possible to braise vegetables in the small- and medium-sized Brevilles?  I hadn't thought about it before, but it's fall, and Molly Stevens' book made it from the book shelf to the dining table ...


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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:01 AM

Totally possible. Since you usually cook for one or two, a lowish saucepan (with a lid) would be most versatile, but even a foil pouch on a cookie sheet will work.


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