How to buy a microwave
Before you begin, first decide on the functions you want the device to perform. For example, do you like the sound of all-singing, all-dancing advanced features? Or are you shopping for someone who needs a simple device, like your kids who aren’t in kindergarten yet or an elderly relative?
It’s also worth considering the capacity of your ideal microwave, especially if you plan to use it for large groups. The bigger it is, the more space it will take up in your kitchen.
How to clean a microwave?
One of the best ways to clean the microwave is to use water and an orange, lemon or lime. Squeeze the juice of either fruit into a microwave-safe bowl, add water and heat in the oven until steaming. Turn off the microwave, remove the bowl and wipe the inside of the microwave clean with a sponge.
When was the microwave oven invented?
The microwave oven happened to be invented by Percy Spender in 1946.
Why do some microwaves have a rack? Do I need them?
Racks double the cooking surface inside the oven, allowing you to cook or reheat two or more foods at the same time. You are not required to use them. You can simply opt for the turntable.
How does a microwave oven work?
Every microwave oven has a high-frequency tube called a magnetron, which converts electrical energy into electromagnetic waves called microwaves. These microwaves are then evenly distributed inside the microwave oven. Since the microwaves are reflected back from the metal walls of the oven, they hit the food from all sides.
When these microwaves hit the food, they cause the moisture molecules in the food to vibrate at a rate of 2.5 billion times per second. This vibration creates friction between the molecules, which in turn generates heat, effectively cooking or thawing the food.
This cooking method allows food to retain its moisture, so you typically don’t need to add extra water or cooking oil. It also preserves vitamins and nutrients while minimizing the impact on food color and texture.
Microwave ovens are regulated by the FDA and are completely safe to use – if used properly, of course. For example, metal containers reflect microwaves, which can cause dangerous sparks. Also, pressure can build up in sealed containers, causing them to explode in the microwave. To prevent this, remove the lid from all sealed jars, baby bottles, Tupperware and other containers and packaging. It is also helpful to place a plate lid over anything you are preparing in the microwave. This helps retain heat and moisture and minimizes the amount of cleanup required.
How can I test if my container is microwave safe?
First, read the instructions that came with the container. Some containers also have signs on the bottom indicating whether or not they are microwaveable. Otherwise, you can perform the following test to determine if your container is microwaveable (does not apply to plastic):
Fill a medium sized cup that you know is microwaveable with water (room temperature).
Place your container (empty) and the cup of water in the microwave oven
Turn the microwave on the highest setting and let it run for 1 minute.
If the container is microwavable, it will feel cool to the touch while the cup of water is hot.
If the container is hot, it means it has absorbed microwave energy and is not microwavable
Do microwaves kill bacteria?
The heat generated by the microwave kills bacteria. Provided you cook your food evenly, you will achieve the desired effect. For example, make sure you use the turntable when cooking food so that the container catches the microwave rays from all angles, stir liquids regularly, and follow the on-screen instructions when using a set program such as defrosting.