So I have a dumb question. But I don't know the answer, so I'll ask it anyways.
First, some background: I have both an oven and a toaster oven in my kitchen. For the most part, it is self-evident which item to use for any given task. Items in large containers that need to be cooked for a long time (cookies, pies, casseroles, pizzas, etc.) go into the oven. Small items that need to be briefly heated to a high temperature (slices of bread, leftovers, etc.) can go in the toaster oven.
My question is, when I need to heat a small thing for a very long time, what's the appropriate appliance to use? To give an example, I like doing roasted carrots, which requires preheating the oven (over 5 minutes on the "real" oven, less than a minute on the toaster) and then baking them for close to an hour. Since I'm cooking for one, though, it's small enough that it easily fits in the toaster oven. So which takes more power, cooking for a long time in a real oven or cooking in a long time in a toaster oven?
My gut tells me that it's the real oven... it takes a long time to get heated up, but once it's there, it seems to keep the temperature pretty well, just occasionally kicking the coils back on. By contrast, the electric toaster oven regularly cycles on and off, and I can't imagine that it holds heat as well. I could be wrong, though!
On an almost related question (equally dumb!), is there a reliable way to find out how much power a given appliance draws? I'm particularly curious about my computer, especially if there's a noticeable difference between when it's cranking away and when it's idling.