A toaster oven is a counter-top kitchen appliance that is typically used to toast or warm food. The unit looks like a miniature oven, with temperature controls and baking racks. The Black & Decker toaster oven can heat to temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you to not only heat and toast food, but also to bake and broil foods, such as cookies and chicken, as long as you follow the instructions.

Place the Black & Decker toaster oven on a flat, even surface with enough space between cabinets and walls to prevent damage while heat is flowing from the unit. Plug the toaster oven into an electrical outlet.

Slide a clean crumb tray into the unit, directly below the lower heating elements. If the crumb tray is dirty, wash it in the sink with liquid dish soap and a nylon cleaning pad. Towel dry the tray before placing it into the toaster oven.

Turn the “Temperature” knob to the desired temperature level.

Turn the “Function” knob to the desired function. Your choices are “keep warm,” “bagel,” “broil,” “bake” or “toast.”

Preheat the toaster oven for 10 minutes.

Open the toaster oven door. Place the food you are toasting, baking or cooking directly on the toaster oven racks, or in a baking pan, which goes on the racks. Shut the door.

Turn the “Timer/Toast” knob to 10, then backward or forward to set the timer. The timer goes for only 30 minutes. If you need to bake something in the toaster oven for longer than this time period, Black & Decker suggests using the “Stay on” feature. Follow the instructions in the manual for cooking procedures and times.