MICROWAVE OVENS

i. TYPES OF MICROWAVE OVENS

 

ii. THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING

POWER: High microwave wattage gives more even and faster cooking
- Full size delivers 1,000 – 1,600 watts of power
- Mid-size delivers 800 – 1,000 watts of power
- Smaller size delivers 500 – 800 watts of power

CAPACITY
- 2-4 pax: 15-30L
- 4-6 pax: 25L and above

            

iii. FEATURES & BENEFITS

PRESET COOKING TIME
- All you have to do is press a button to start cooking

- Defrost or cook food for optimal time

SENSORS
- Some can automatically adjust cooking time and power level based on steam emitted from the food. The microwave may even shut off if it senses your food is too hot

RACKS
- Can cook multiple dishes at the same time
- This can also improve convection cooking by allowing heat beneath the cooking dish

INVERTER TECHNOLOGY
- Offers steady heat at lower ranges and maintain a consistent percentage of power
- Many microwaves alternate between high and low heat when you warm something at less than 100% power. With the consistent temperature of the inverter technology, it is possible to create better-quality omelets and poached fish

GRILLING
- Surrounds food with radiant heat
- Sears the outside of the food and prevents rubbery texture that sometimes occurs from cooking meat in the microwave

BAKING
- Designed to blow heat around food for even and faster cooking
- Can create crusty baked goods and is able to brown foods like a broiler

STEAM
- A convenient way to prepare fish/vegetables
- This option keeps food moist without adding fat and can also be used to poach eggs

EASY CLEAN INTERIOR
- Non-porous interiors made of materials such as porcelain enamel or stainless steel.
- Easy to wipe away spills, splatters, and dried-on foods

QUICK KEYS
- A 1-minute or 30 second key requires just a tap to extend the preset cooking time, maintaining whatever power level was selected. It also allows quick adjustments to your previous settings – pushing the button more than once multiplies the time extension

SHORTCUT KEYS
- These keys remove the hassle of finding out the cooking time for popular foods such as popcorn, frozen vegetables, pasta, etc

CHILD LOCK
- Some models come with a lockout function to keep children safe

              

iv. MAINTENANCE

KEEP IT CLEAN
- Food and liquid splatters in the microwave will absorb energy leading to burn spots and might even cause damage to the components

- Most stains can be removed with water and soap. For stubborn spots, try heating a cup of water in the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, the steam will loosen the grime

CHOOSE YOUR DISHWARE CAREFULLY
- Materials that are not microwave oven safe can cause fires or explosions. Never put materials such as aluminum foil, metal, and dishware with silver or gold accents

TRY PREPROGRAMMED COOKING TIMES
- Many choose not to use these programmed cooking times. However, these cooking times are designed to make most efficient use of the microwave in terms of minimizing energy loss and heating the food as effectively as possible