Storage Container and Toaster Oven Fails


First my apologies for not blogging the last couple of Fridays. There has been so much going on at the farm, and then Greg got sick. Any time someone gets sick, all your plans and projects get put on hold. I imagine I won’t return to blogging on Fridays until December, but I might wait until the holidays are done only because I’m too busy being retired.

Now that I have a pretty kitchen, I’ve been doing more sorting, recycling, and donating. I was afraid I was going to have to say goodbye to all my Pyrex storage containers. The plastic lids were cracking or had become ill fitting.

I use glass almost exclusively for storage, so losing all my Pyrex containers was going to pinch in the wallet. I’d never seen replacement lids but I Googled it and sure enough Amazon had them. It’s way cheaper than buying all new storage containers.

To be safe, I did my research to make sure the model numbers synced with the lids. All but one did. It was my oblong baking dish with lid. I’ve had this container for who know how long. Someone else had had the same question as me and she ordered the replacement lid, but alas it didn’t seal well.

There are newer models of this dish, but between you and me I don’t like them. The glass seems thinner and I don’t like the “Easy Carry” style of the new container. I think I’ll wait a while longer for something more retro. ๐Ÿ™‚


It cost nearly $30 to re-lid all my containers, but with any luck these will last me another twenty years.

Here’s the link to the various lids if you’re interested.

I did learn something though. It’s possible we might’ve hastened the original lids’ demise. Apparently, you shouldn’t wash them in the lower part of the dishwasher. From now on, only hand washing for us.

The Case of the Killer Toaster Oven
When I bought this house, one of the first things I bought was a toaster oven. It’s a Kitchenaid. It looked very nice and professional. The controls were a bit complicated, but I got used to them. It never made proper toast though. Over the years I found myself cussing at that machine every time I had to make toast.

It wasn’t a very good machine. It knew it and I knew it. For eight years we had an uneasy dรฉtente.

Last week though it made its move and decided to murder us over breakfast.

My toast had barely started when flames shot out from the top heating element. I ran over and shut off the power then smacked the flames with my tongs. That was it. Greg could take a look at it, but even if he fixed it, I could never trust that machine again. It had to go.

So here I was researching toaster ovens. I wanted something that would make good toast, but also cook meals. With only two people there isn’t much call to start up the big oven for such small dishes.

The Breville toaster oven was the hands down favorite among reviewers but it came with a steep price. Did I really want to spend upwards of $200 for toast?

That answer would be a no.

Surprisingly the next favorite on many reviewers’ lists was the Hamilton Beach Easy Reach. I liked the controls on it, and several reviewers claimed it made good toast. The prices ranged from $34 to about $80. It was terribly lightweight, but no different than other models in its price range. Amazon had it cheaper than my local stores so I ordered one.

I mentioned ibreville-closedt to Greg then showed him the contenders. That’s when he said: That Breville looks better.

And with those four words I knew I had lost the battle. I liked it too, but the price! It turns out last year’s model was slightly cheaper and still got fabulous reviews.

The only thing that annoyed me was that the other toaster oven was already on its way. I canceled it and grudgingly bought the Breville.

In the end, I was glad. The Hamilton Beach is fine for college dorms or tiny budgets, but the Breville was hands down a superior machine.

It makes fantastic toast and fits a family sized casserole dish with no problem. I love the controls. It came with a thick manual, but the controls were so intuitive I never bothered cracking the book.

After the Kitchenaid, this one was a breeze to program.

I’m very pleased with it. Hopefully, it won’t try to murder us over breakfast for many more years to come.

toastย breville-open


What toaster oven is in your house? Do you like it?

Having lived through a house fire, I don’t take electrical problems lightly. If you ever notice anything shorting on you, get rid of it. It’s not worth anyone’s life.



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  1. We don’t own a toaster oven. Used to (was a gift), decades ago, but it was small and kind of useless. My toaster is ancient (I think it was a wedding present??) and I’d love to have one that fit wider stuff like bagels, but I’m too cheap to replace a toaster I rarely use (and still makes decent toast). Maybe someone will gift me one, one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I never put plastic lids on the bottom rack of the dishwasher so now I know I’m doing the right thing. With you on the electric problems. When we moved into our current house almost 20 years ago, we had a few sockets that would trip the breaker if we were using two things at a time. We had an electrician out and he fixed a very hazardous situation.

  3. Jenny: I always had to make grilled cheese a 2 step process before, but now I can do it all in one machine. I’m looking forward to that.

    re: Greg
    He’s better, but you know how it is when you first get over an illness. It wears you out.

  4. Presently we don’t have a toaster oven. We owned one a few years back but son took it in the move ๐Ÿ™‚ One thing these days I do not have (because they aren’t returned to me) are enough plastic storage containers. It “irks” me to have to buy them rather than use the potential disposable ones available with products such as lunch meat, etc.


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