Microwave ovens have been a standard feature in many kitchens for decades. And yet, many people still don’t use them to their full potential and some features are misunderstood entirely. This is unfortunate, a microwave oven can be a real time saver when you’re cooking a meal for your family. The latest microwaves have new features that make them even more useful for any busy homemaker. In this article, we will take a closer look at four microwave advantages that are often overlooked.
1. Convection Setting Options
If you’re unfamiliar with your new microwave or you have an older model, you may be unaware of the convection settings. This is a baking mode that is typically found on some mid-range or high-end ovens, ranges, and wall ovens. A convection setting heats the foods from the inside to the outside much like a standard microwave oven. But, the flavors are sealed in to make the food more delicious and less prone to drying out. This convection action is achieved with a rear mounted fan that circulates the heated air throughout the oven. The result is a more consistent temperature that’s ideal for even baking. Certain microwave ovens now have a convection setting to cook food and heat leftovers evenly. That means that you can reheat last night’s pizza without the soggy crust and getting the perfect mac and cheese results are only a couple of button clicks away.
2. The Defrosting Features
Many people have used the defrosting feature on their microwave ovens. In fact, some people may only use this feature and some basic reheating on a regular basis. But, defrosting with the microwave is incredibly efficient because you can thaw a pound of meat, poultry, or fish in just a few minutes. There is no need for any pre-cooking and select models even have a “Quick Defrost” or “Auto Defrost” setting to make this process even faster. This can be a real help if you’re preparing a larger meal or cooking in bulk for the week ahead.
3. Improved Energy Efficiency
There are times when you need to reheat leftovers or a smaller casserole before you bring it to the table. Placing these foods in a full sized oven with a lot of wasted space unnecessarily consumes a lot of energy. This will drive up your energy bills and this can be avoided if you use the microwave oven. A microwave is smaller than a full-size oven and a countertop model tends to range from 0.5 up to 2.2 cubic feet. But, due to their design, they can still have a larger interior capacity than your oven starting at around 2 cubic feet. When you pair these characteristics with the faster heating times, it’s easy to see how a microwave oven could significantly lower your energy costs.
4. Alternative Configuration Options
When most people think of a microwave oven they imagine a countertop or wall mounted unit with a door front loading door and simple controls. But, there are microwave ovens that don’t have a door, they slide out like a drawer! These appliances give a designer plenty of options when they want to create their perfect kitchen. A microwave drawer can be installed in a wall space, a kitchen island, or other locations. This can save valuable countertop space for food prep and the cooking progress can be monitored without removing the dish from the microwave. Another efficient option is a wall oven/microwave combo unit that gives you two great cooking options in one appliance.
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