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Post# 944938   6/23/2017 at 22:19 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        

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Decided to make some homemade biscuits tonight.   Did not want to heat up the large oven and decided to get my grandmother's small oven out.  Many batches of perfect biscuits were prepared using this little workhorse.  

 

Hans, I bet a dollar you have one of these?


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Post# 944955 , Reply# 1   6/24/2017 at 00:43 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

What a neat little machine!!Never seen one of these.

Post# 945012 , Reply# 2   6/24/2017 at 11:03 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
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I have only seen them advertised, never seen them for sale. I grew up a rural area and never seen any K & M appliances in the stores. Toastmaster, Hamilton Beach, Sunbeam, GE, Westinghouse, Universal, and some Dormeyer small appliances in the stores. Guess these were sold in the larger department stores in the 1950s until K&M were bought out. In the 1960s the flip-flop oven broilers became popular and brands such as Munsey, Dominion became known. Lots of women saved trading stamps to purchase small appliances as a gift to themselves. Until the toaster oven made the scene, I can see a Redi-Baker useful in baking 6 or fewer biscuits. I don't think a 6 cup muffin tin would fit.

Post# 945016 , Reply# 3   6/24/2017 at 11:33 by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
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I have only seen them advertised, never seen them for sale. I grew up a rural area and never seen any K & M appliances in the stores. Toastmaster, Hamilton Beach, Sunbeam, GE, Westinghouse, Universal, and some Dormeyer small appliances in the stores. Guess these were sold in the larger department stores in the 1950s until K&M were bought out. In the 1960s the flip-flop oven broilers became popular and brands such as Munsey, Dominion became known. Lots of women saved trading stamps to purchase small appliances as a gift to themselves. Until the toaster oven made the scene, I can see a Redi-Baker useful in baking 6 or fewer biscuits. I don't think a 6 cup muffin tin would fit.

Post# 945022 , Reply# 4   6/24/2017 at 12:34 by appnut (TX)        

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Mike, that's quite terrific.  there are two on Ebay. 


Post# 945029 , Reply# 5   6/24/2017 at 13:10 by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Hey, that's pretty cool. Looks a lot more solid than a Toast-r-Oven.



Post# 945060 , Reply# 6   6/24/2017 at 15:48 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Yep

I have one and the larger Redi Oven, these bake biscuits as good as any oven.

Post# 945110 , Reply# 7   6/24/2017 at 21:22 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        

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Tolivac, I had never seen one besides the one my grandmother had when I was at her home in the Summertime.   Once Ebay became relevant, I was collecting all the time.   They seemed to be sold in the West and Midwest.  

 

Mixguy, I remember the brands you remember as well.   This little oven really is very basic and there is no insulation surrounding the oven compartment or even the thermostat knob.  The whole thing really heats up.  You are right this was the precursor to the toaster oven.   You are also right, six regular size biscuits work perfectly.  A small cake in the rectangular pan works nicely as well.  A six cup muffin tin will not fit.   

 

Appnut, I checked out the Ebay listings.   Hans mentioned the "Redi-Oven" which is just a bit larger than the Redi-Bake, and it is really good as well.  I have one but the thermostat is bad.   The other one listed is cool too.   I started collecting them and went overboard.

 

Gyrafoam, you are right, it is indeed solid.   This little thing heats up quickly and does not guzzle power like a full size oven.   

 

Hans, Agreed, they really do bake biscuits wonderfully.





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