How to Use a Toaster Oven. Toaster ovens provide a unique option for toasting delicious foods. They can be used to toast bread and cook food. Toaster ovens have specific functions and directions for use and safety procedures.

Step 1

Place the toaster oven on your desired setting, both for purpose (defrost, broil, etc.) and temperature.

Step 2

Plug in the toaster oven.

Step 3

Place your food in the toaster oven, either on a safe plate or surface, or directly on the toaster oven rack if desired.

Step 4

Set a timer for your food. Often modern toaster ovens have built-in timers. Even when using a timer, however, keep an eye on your food as it cooks. Toaster ovens are smaller and cook food much faster than traditional ovens.

Step 5

Wipe up big spills as they occur in your toaster oven, but also clean it occasionally, unplugging before doing so and waiting for it to completely cool. Clean the interior of the toaster oven with a damp soft cloth or sponge.

Step 6

Remove your food safely, using appropriate protection such as oven mitts or pot holders. Enjoy the tasty food you've just made.