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Oven VS. Toaster: Which is the Best Way to Cook Trader Joe's Hash Browns?

Alright this is a trending topic lately and we decided to jump on the bandwagon! Plus, if you hangout around here a lot you know I love a good Trader Joe's Plant-Based anything! I've been eating these breakfast hash browns for years - they're so delicious, and quick & easy to make when you're in a rush.

SO, the big question is: Cook them in the oven, or pop them in the toaster for the best, quick, delicious breakfast?

Introduction to Trader Joe's Hash Browns.

Trader Joe's hash browns are a popular breakfast option for those who want a quick and easy meal. They are made from potatoes grown in Idaho, fully cooked, shredded, and made into perfect patties, and then frozen.

These hash browns can be cooked in a variety of ways, including in the oven or on the stovetop. But can they also be cooked in the toaster? I decided to explore this question for you and compare the toaster method to the oven method - you're welcome :)

Toaster Method: Pros and Cons.

Pros: Obviously, so quick & convenient. No worrying about heating up the oven (or clearing the 15 baking sheets out of the oven first when you're in a hurry). Simply pop them in the toaster and in a few minutes, you have crispy hash browns.

Cons: There are some downsides to this method that I could imagine although none of them affected my toasted-to-perfection hash browns. First, not all toasters are created equal, and some may not have the necessary settings to cook the hash browns evenly. I could imagine them burning easily. Plus, with my toaster, I can only cook 2 at a time - so if I was cooking for a larger group, this wouldn't work.

Oven Method: Pros and Cons.

Pros: On the positive side, the oven method allows for larger batches of hash browns to be cooked at once, so you really have no other choice if you're cooking for a big group.

Cons: The oven method does take longer than the toaster method. You have to wait for your oven to heat up, and for 1-2 patties it just felt like a lot of time.

Taste Test Results.

The bottom line is, they were both pretty convenient methods for me, since I was only cooking 2 hash browns for myself. The real battle comes down to which one TASTES better! After conducting a taste test, I found that the toaster method produced hash browns that were slightly crispier on the outside, while the oven method resulted in hash browns that were softer and more evenly cooked throughout. So, if you're looking for a quick breakfast option, the toaster method may be the way to go. But if you're cooking for a crowd or prefer your hash browns to be softer, the oven method may be the better choice. My personal preference? Toaster all the way!

Conclusion: Toaster all the way!

Fortunately, I'm usually only cooking breakfast for myself and maybe 1-2 others. So, toaster it is, folks! I'd love to know what you guys come up with! Will you try these methods and conduct your own taste test?!


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