In our journey to go off grid, one of the major items I needed to replace was our oven. While many people use a gas range, I have allergies to petroleum products, so I was hoping for an alternative. Of course I was looking for a 110 volt appliance, big enough to bake all the sorts of things I bake, and use a minimum of wattage. The one I chose was the Oster Model TSSTTVXLDG, as pictured here. The oven came with two racks and a broiler pan with rack. It is so exciting that I can run it completely off grid! So far I have made a pizza (you must try a pizza with sour dough used after the first rise – best crust ever!), a loaf of sour dough bread, cookies, and some blueberry muffins.
The oven shut off again, but I noticed that the cookies in the front were not quite done. This taught me to rotate the pan in the middle of cook time. They came out great and took about 7 minutes to cook. Some people on reviews complained about not being able to find the right size baking sheets, but when I got the oven, I measured the interior which was 15 1/2″ x 13″ (excluding the bowed back). I found some stainless steel baking sheets that fit perfectly. I also made some blueberry muffins.They came out great. I am wondering if the fluffiness of all these baked goods have to do with the convection oven. This oven makes me look like the best cook ever! WARNING: the oven door gets very
hot! Especially the metal trim on the top! I have the oven sitting on a Formica countertop and the door opens very wide, so I keep a potholder on the counter to rest the door on. Also, I have learned not to open the oven door without wearing an oven mitt, as your knuckles hit just the right place to get burned. Another great thing is that I can unplug the oven when I am done and do not have to reset the clock to cook. Of course it doesn’t have the right time, but who in the world came up with putting clocks on every appliance? All in all, I love my new oven, it is operating completely off grid, and I have had no trouble with an excessive drain on our batteries or kicking off our system even though it has a well pump, refrigerator and freezer running on it. It is my plan that if I explore the induction cooktops and they work as I hope, to build a rack with shelves the size of my current range, and put it in where the range goes. Yes, that is a marble chess board that I leave sitting on my kitchen counter. It is great to have a beautiful cutting board sitting out all the time so no one is tempted to scratch the countertops while using a knife, and it makes a great place to put hot pads and hot items as well.