6 Materials You Can’t Put In A Toaster Oven

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What can you not put in a toaster oven? Toaster ovens are a very versatile appliance and they are not just great for making toast but they are also creative ways they can be used. There are lots’ of surprising things you can cook with your toaster oven however not all kinds of dishes can be used in it. Certain materials can be dangerous when used in a toaster oven and knowing this material will help you avoid them.

Most of the plates being used in a toaster oven don’t have any heat-safe instructions and while toaster oven manufacturers might state them oven-safe but they might be temperature limit to it. Some baking materials just won’t fit into your toaster oven and this can be really annoying.

Have you been struggling with materials that can be put into your toaster oven? people don’t often realize how important what material goes into your toaster is and learning more about this appliance can help you use it effectively. When you are ready to start using your toaster oven, here are materials you can’t put in it. 

6 Materials You Can’t Put In A Toaster Oven

One of the main questions many people who use a toaster oven always ask is what materials can be put in a toaster oven? There are many different options and this is due to different people’s views. Some say some material can be used and some say it shouldn’t however here are 5 materials you can’t put in a toaster oven.

1. Parchment Paper

Most toaster ovens come with manuals that state some items should not be used in a toaster oven and the first on that list is paper which includes towels and plates. If your toaster oven does not come with specific instructions not to use paper then you can try using parchment paper however if it clearly states not to use them, we advise staying away from it.

Most parchment paper manufacturing company says you should not put parchment paper in the toaster oven and if you must, proper precautions need to be taken. Though parchment paper has been designed to withstand extreme heat conditions however when it directly touches the heating element of your toaster oven, it can burn.

2. Styrofoam

Styrofoam is made from expanded polystyrene that can’t withstand the heat from toaster ovens hence you should never put styrofoam containers in the oven. It is also highly flammable so you should avoid putting styrofoam in the oven or anywhere near it. You can use styrofoam containers to preserve foods to be kept in the fridge but do not cook or heat with them in your toaster oven. 

3. Aluminium Foil 

Some manufactures may warn against using aluminum foil while some include specific instructions for using it in their manual. Aluminum foil isn’t considered dangerous but, do not let the foil touch the toaster oven heating element as this can lead to overheating. Check your toaster oven manufacturer manual to find out if foil use is recommended for your toaster oven before using. 

4. Plastic

The plastic material should never be used in a toaster oven as they will definitely melt with the increasing temperature. No matter what kind of plastic it is, it should not be used in a toaster oven, it might melt from the inside or completely. This might also leave to fire hazard.

5. Glass Bakeware

The majority of toaster ovens are not suitable for glass dishes however some companies may say that their glass dishes are safe for a toaster oven. Even more confusing is the fact that some companies may offer a single product line as okay for the toaster oven while all their remaining dishes are not. In addition, they are many factors that can cause a glass dish to randomly shatter during or after use in the toaster oven.

6. Coffee Mugs Or Coffee Cups

Coffee mugs or cups are probably not the best material to use for making desserts in your toaster oven. Some manufacture marks their coffee mug as safe in toaster ovens but doesn’t put normal porcelain, earthenware or china mugs in the toaster oven, they will crack in the toaster oven or when you pull them out.

Final Thought

The best place to confirm what material can be used in your toaster oven is directly from the toaster oven manufacturer.

If the info you need is not in the manual then you need this information above to help you choose what material can go into your toaster oven. Always review the manual that comes with your toaster oven and follows the recommendations for materials that can be used in your toaster oven or not.

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