Microwaves are one of the most useful tools to have in a kitchen for both time and convenience. They can be used to defrost, reheat, and cook many different foods. However, people are still quite reluctant to try their hands at cooking new things in the microwave, such as toaster strudels. So let’s probe further and see if you can safely cook toaster strudels in the microwave.

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What is a toaster strudel?

Toaster strudel is technically a brand called Pillsbury, but they are pastry convenience foods owned by general mills, the same company that owns nature valley and cheerios. The toaster strudel itself is puff pastry with jam and flavored cream inside,

the packaging will tell you what flavor it is although they are all cooked the same regardless of flavor. Also in the packaging is an icing packet that you open and spread on the strudel post-cooking. The strudel is known for being stored frozen, although you can eat toaster strudels cold you will have to wait for them to defrost and come to room temperature.

They are very similar to pop tarts as both products are quick and easy to cook, often using a toaster and being ready in a minute or two. A pop tart is a similar food that is known for having a flavored jam or sauce on the inside with the outside top layer being coated in icing and sprinkles. They are also made of pastry, although it is a lot thinner and less chewy than a toaster strudel when cooked properly.

The Pillsbury brand that owns toaster strudel is also known for a lot of pastries and similar products. They also sell frozen pastry that you can use to make homemade croissants, such as crescent roll dough.

How are you meant to cook them?

As is stated in the name, you typically cook toaster strudels in the toaster. This is mostly because they are a convenience food and toasters are notoriously quick. The toaster strudel benefits from having each side evenly cooked at the same time as it then evenly melts the jam in the middle, making it more gooey and tasty.

After this, while it is still hot, you open the icing package and spread it over the top. The icing melts and spreads better thanks to the pastry being hot from the toaster. They can be really hot, and once you put toaster strudels in the toaster they can be difficult to remove. It is best to use a wooden toast tong or something similar to extract them. A metal utensil will not help here as they are dangerous when near toasters and are also a fire hazard.

Cooking in the toaster is as easy as putting your toaster on a medium setting and letting the heat cook your food for a few minutes. If your toaster has numbered settings for how long it cooks, the middle setting is usually fine. If they come out too undercooked, just throw them back in for a little longer. The process takes such little time that it is no issue.

Toaster oven

Cooking a toaster strudel in a toaster oven is very simple. All you have to do is place your toaster strudels on a foil-lined toaster oven tray, or foil-lined baking sheet, and turn the oven on. Preheat the oven to its medium heat setting and let each side cook for about 8-10 minutes until the entire strudel is hot and golden brown.

Be careful when you bite into your fresh toaster strudel as the jam will be extremely hot, it is best to let it rest for a few seconds and blow on it before eating. With the toaster oven, you can cook them right out of the freezer as the time specified is for frozen toaster strudels especially.

What flavors are there?

If your morning routine involves cooking toaster strudels daily, then you may be wanting to spice things up. Not literally, although that might be a weirdly brilliant flavor. You may be wanting a more diverse choice of flavors instead of eating the same thing daily. The good news for you is that there is a large selection of flavors for you to enjoy. Similar to pop tarts, there are so many flavors to enjoy all with a different tasty filling. Some of these flavors are:

  • Cinnamon roll
  • Cinnamon Toast crunch
  • Boston cream pie
  • Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Cream cheese and strawberry
  • Blueberry

Toaster strudels are owned by Pillsbury, as previously mentioned. They also make and own some other great products such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch and even have a flavor collaborating the two. This means you can get the amazing taste of your other favorite foods in a tasty and convenient toaster strudel.

Can you cook a toaster strudel using a microwave?

Finally, answering the question of if you can cook toaster strudels in the microwave. Cooking in the microwave is thankful completely fine and is also super easy. place your frozen toaster strudel on a microwave-safe plate and let it sit for 5 minutes.

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After this, place them in the microwave and set the timer to 30 seconds. It can be finicky depending on your microwave so if they are not cooked and crispy after 30 seconds, then your best bet is to put them in again for 10 seconds and keep doing so until you are left with the perfect toaster strudel. Try turning the toaster strudel over every now and then to ensure each side will cook evenly. After cooking it perfectly, make sure to open your toaster strudel icing packet and spread it over the top.

But should you?

You can most definitely microwave toaster strudels. Although, there are quite a few ways to cook a toaster strudel so the microwave is not your only option. As long as the toaster strudel is on a microwave-safe dish and you keep checking on it until it is perfectly cooked, then there is no reason not to cook it in the microwave if it is easier for you.

Can you eat a frozen toaster strudel?

Unlike a pop tart, that comes pre-cooked, toaster strudels are completely raw when sold to you. This means that the pastry has not been cooked yet and is technically just raw dough. They can be eaten, it won’t give you food poisoning or anything but it will not be a pleasant experience and it is best if you cook them.