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Select The Microwave Oven Wisely

Nowadays, people have much more choices of microwave ovens when they walk into the appliance store. Selecting one from so many various options is a difficult task for any person. The expense of the microwave ovens is quite different and some are as low as a kid’s toy. First of all, choosing the good microwaves that you can afford is more important than other things.

In addition to the price range, another thing people should consider is what kind of size of the microwave. Selecting a large or small microwave oven depends on what your kitchen layout is. In many people’s mind, the large microwave is always the ideal option over the small one. People don’t know that it is only true for the restaurant and the large oven is more useful for the commercial use. If you buy the microwave for the family cooking, just choose the right size for your kitchen.

In the instance that consumers put the large oven in a small cooking area, the full potential can not be brought into play. However, if a person is user of a large commercial kitchen, you can get the most from the big microwave to meet the need of your customers. For a compact cooking area, you have to install a smaller oven or the microwave will occupy too much space. The measurement facor is not the last one you should think of and the power of the microwave is also an important element.

The specification of the power is one important factor that affects the performance of the microwave, especially the cooking time. The more powerful the microwave is, the less time it spends on cooking the food. Meanwhile the food can be cooked soundly. What power range of microwaves can accomplish the purpose that the food is cooked soundly and the less time is needed? The ideal power wattage is from 900w to 1300w. The turntable is also needed to be thought about when you buy a microwave oven.

The turntable also influences the cooking performance of the oven. Generally, the large microwave ovens have the large turntables. That represents you can make full use of the interior space to cook large items or more food. You may notice something more that need to be thought-about and that depends on your own desires. For example, some people may choose the oven that has the sensor reheat feature and a few may choose the one with good performance of making popcorn.

The Microwave

Microwaves use electromagnetic waves to heat food. When they strike the cooking food, the microwaves cause the water molecules within to vibrate at great speed. In turn, friction between these vibrating molecules generates the heat that cooks the food. The heat therefore originates within the food rather than outside it as in a conventional oven or hob. Because the vibrating continues after the microwave is switched off you need to allow standing time when the cooking process is completed. Some machines with a steam button and specially designed ‘steamer’ accessory, allow you to steam cook rice, vegetables and fish in your microwave. The water in the base of the steamer reaches boiling point and is then maintained at a simmer throughout the cooking time.

The combination microwave oven integrates fan cooking or a grill with the benefits of a microwave. It will produce food that looks traditionally cooked (browned, roasted or crisped) but in about half the time and energy consumption of conventional cooking. These combination machines are particularly useful as they can double up as a traditional oven, should you need extra oven space. If you want to build in a combination microwave with your single oven, make sure it is installed at a comfortable height so you can reach over the drop-down door (side-opening doors are for standard microwaves). It may be a good idea to build it in below the single oven or on its own below the worktop. Power, performance and capacity vary according to manufacturer and model; full-size models usually have a 30-40 litre capacity, although compact microwaves are great for small kitchens. The important thing to look for here is the diameter of the glass turntable (can you fit in awkward-sized dishes?). Otherwise, a ‘stirrer’ system (usually found on combi-ovens) eliminates the need for a turntable.

Some models also come with automatic cooking and defrosting programmes and a memory so you can store the cooking times of your favourite recipes. A talking microwave has also been developed to meet the needs of the elderly and visually impaired. If you want your microwave built into base or wall cupboards, buy one with proper ventilation that is specifically designed for such installation. An existing microwave can be adapted with special vents and baffles but this kind of customisation is costly. Otherwise freestanding models can sit happily on a worktop or shelving unit and come in a wide range of colours and finishes to suit – cool metals like stainless steel and brushed aluminium, white, bold colours and even ultra-modern, semi-transparent designs.