Get the kind of microwave that’s best for your family

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11 Oct 2010 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI ADVERTISING . Knowing what to look
for when purchasing a
microwave oven can save
you money and get you
the kind of oven that you
may eventually use for
all your cooking. The
three most important
features to know about
on a microwave oven are
the cooking wattage, the
control panel, and power
Ovens are made with
cooking wattages from
350 and up. The
microwave industry has
chosen as its standard
the 700-watt oven.
Therefore, all the recipes
that are published in
cookbooks, newspapers,
magazines, and
demonstrated in classes
are developed and tested
in the 700-watt oven.
That means that when a
person buys a 500-watt
oven, s/he receives a
cookbook with the oven
that has recipes
developed in the 700-watt
oven which cooks the
recipes faster and better.
Have you every tried
frying a steak on low
heat? It eventually
cooks, but it will be a
sickly gray and lack the
taste of one cooked on
high heat. So buying an
oven with less than 700-
watts is like trying to
cook on low heat all the
time. Does the 700-watt
oven cost more? No. Oven
prices vary considerably
and one can pay more for
a 500-watt oven than a
700-watt because
salesmen do not discuss
wattage when selling
ovens. Are 700-watt ovens
always larger than lower
wattage ovens? No. Size
is not a factor. Why do
manufacturers make so
many different ovens?
Because people buy them
and they will continue to
do so until the public
buys only 700-watt ovens.
The second most
important feature on a
microwave oven is the
control panel. Many
people buy an oven with
dials because they are
used to them and
uncomfortable with a
touchpanel control. But
the touchpanel is easier
to use because most
importantly, it is easier
to read. It is also more
exact. In the microwave
oven a few seconds can
mean a rock-hard roll
instead of a hot tasty,
fresh one. So it is very
important to get a
touchpanel with all ten
numbers on it. If a recipe
reads “Microcook 9
minutes 36 seconds” you
just touch the numbers
“936.” On a panel without
ten numbers, you have to
touch the minute square
nine times, the tensecond
square three
times and the one-second
square six times. And of
course, the dial system
does not have the
calibration of the
touchpanel, and you may
only be able to cook 2
minutes at a time. The
easier the oven is to use,
the more you
will use it.
The third feature to
insist on is at least 3
power levels. All ovens
cook at 100% power, but
to defrost certain foods
before cooking, you need
a 30% power level and to
simmer foods, you need a
50% power level. If the
oven comes with more,
fine, but you really will
need at least three.
How about all the
other features the
salesmen show you? Few
oven owners find them
really useful. The Probe
is fine if you know
exactly what you are
doing, but if you put the
probe near a fat pocket or
a bone, it will give a
misreading. The
Turntable is fine, but it
limits the size of dishes
you can use and is really
not necessary if you
purchase a reputable
brand of oven that
rotates the microwaves
instead of the food.
Under the cabinet models
seem so convenient, but
the most convenient to
use are the counter top
models where you can
safely leave the dish in
the oven, add ingredients
to it and stir and
rearrange the food. Why
not an oven with a rack?
The microwaves cook
some types of foods
faster than others
depending on their
moisture content so
trying to mix them
actually makes it more
difficult for you. Cooking
one food at a time takes
the same amount of time
and is really easier and
better once you learn
All the fancy extras
that the high-priced
models offer will not
eliminate one fact: when
learning to cook in the
microwave, you must
learn to cook by time and
not sight. It will take a
little effort, but with the
three essential features
listed, you will have
greater success in
learning how.

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