The first step in cooking efficiently is to match the right method of cooking with the dish to be prepared. Cooking methods that minimize the area to be heated helps in reducing the amount of heat required. For example, using a toaster is considered more efficient than toasting a slice of bread in an oven. The fine balance is selecting a method that is energy efficient and does not compromise on the quality of food being delivered. A microwave for example may be highly efficient but is considered at times to compromise on the quality of food that is being prepared.