Benefits of Using a Microwave Oven

Microwave ovens offer many benefits due to their versatility. They are often used to cook entire meals, to defrost foods before cooking them the traditional way, and for a quick and effective way to reheat not only leftovers but beverages as well. High-frequency electromagnetic waves are the means used in microwave ovens for heating and cooking foods.

These waves are what cause the molecules of liquid that already exist in your food items to vibrate. The friction from the vibration is what heats up and cooks the food. Food is cooked in a microwave heats up and cooks first on the inside, not on the outside like in traditional cooking, which takes more time.

Primary Benefits

Microwave ovens are extremely convenient because they get the job done very quickly while saving energy when compared to traditional cooking methods.

When you use a microwave you do not need to stand there watching your food cook. You can simply set the timer and leave the room until the bell goes off.

By using a microwave you can heat and/or cook your meal without turning on the stove/oven and heating up the entire kitchen.

Additional Benefits

A microwave can be used in conjunction with a conventional to reduce the time it takes to prepare a meal. You can both thaw and immediately cook your meal right in your microwave oven. In addition to saving time, it lessens the risk of food being left out too long at temperatures from 40 °F to 140 °F and bacteria building up, which is what causes many food-borne illnesses.

Nutritional Benefits

When foods are cooked in a microwave, many of their natural vitamins and minerals are preserved. For example, the potassium and vitamin C contained in foods are both lost in the water when foods are boiled, as is a nutrient called glucosinolate, a cancer-fighting compound found in broccoli.

Foods placed in a microwave-safe container and cooked in a microwave are much healthier for you than if they were cooked on the stove.

Protein foods like meat do not brown and become oxidized in a microwave, which ensures that vitamins A and E are not lost in the cooking process.

Microwave Ovens Offer Convenience

Timesaver

Preparing meals in a microwave oven takes much less time. Most ovens come with features that help you determine correct cooking times. With the push of a button you can easily heat leftovers, make popcorn or defrost and cook a frozen dinner in just minutes. It takes only 1 minute to boil water in a microwave.

Take up Very Little Space

A microwave is a relatively small appliance that takes up little counter space. If you do not have room for your microwave on your kitchen counter, it can easily be placed in an adjacent area.

Cleaning is Easy

You can easily clean a microwave oven using a mixture of hot water and lemon juice or other non-toxic cleaning solvents.

Simple to Use

The standard microwave oven comes with just one push button that starts it and there are no temperatures or features to adjust. It couldn’t be easier to operate. There are no flames to worry about, so it’s perfectly safe for children to use.

Energy Saver

There is no preheating involved in microwave cooking. Once you switch it on the food starts heating up right away, which saves on energy usage and cost.

Needs No Supervision

There is no need to stand around and oversee food cooking in a microwave oven like is needed when using a gas stove. Just set the timer and return when it’s finished.

Precautions

Any food you prepare using your microwave over must be carefully checked to ensure that it is fully cooked. Food is prepared in a microwave may be unevenly cooked, but if it is first to cut into small pieces, this can be largely avoided. When the bell goes off in your microwave oven your food will continue to cook until the food’s molecules cease to vibrate. Therefore, it’s wise to let your food sit for a few minutes until it cools down.

Before selecting a microwave make sure you look at all the models in your price range and check the specifications and any warranty offered by the manufacturer and/or dealer.