One of my all time favourite home appliances is the multi purpose Microwave oven. Since its invention by Dr. Percy LeBaron Spencer, the microwave has joined the ranks of other labour- saving devices in the kitchen such as food processors, blenders and electric hand blenders and has become almost indispensable for those who want to give something healthy to their family but also save up on time. The microwave oven is a versatile, time saving kitchen appliance and the multi purpose appliance has held good stead and saved a lot many women in times when they needed to rustle up a quick exciting meal at very short notice. Microwave ovens use high frequency electromagnetic waves. These high frequency waves cause molecules of liquid naturally present in the food to vibrate. This friction is what heats and cooks the food. Microwaves heat and cook your food from the inside out rather than going vice versa which takes more time. The more power the microwave has the faster the food will cook. If you find that your microwave doesn’t have a lot of power then you can accomplish the same by adding more minutes to your cooking time. The microwave represents the modern women who want to have multiple dimensions to her personality in order to succeed in this competitive environment. As microwaves contain both the facility of microwave and convection it can cook, bake, boil, reheat, defrost and cook in a jiffy. The best thing which I like about a microwave oven is that it saves a lot of time and energy as compared to other traditional cooking mediums. Additionally the presence of a timer helps in unsupervised cooking. I can assemble my ingredients, put them in a microwave, set the timer and forget about it. I can get busy doing other chores and when the timer runs out, the oven turns off automatically. Voila!
My dish is cooked. Can it get any simpler then that? A microwave oven also helps preserve the nutrients while cooking. The traditional Indian method of slow cooking although great for the taste buds is also a nutrient destroyer. Using a microwave oven can prevent the loss of important vitamins and minerals in your food. Vitamin C and potassium are often lost in liquid used to boil food. Since proteins don’t brown in the microwave oven, fewer nutrients like vitamins A and E are likely to be destroyed by oxidation. Food gets cooked evenly in the microwave oven and it tastes delicious. Unlike the common perception that microwaves are just for reheating of food, microwave oven is a multi-tasker. It can cook just about anything. From pizzas to cakes to cookies to chicken tikka to paneer makhni to biryani to the simple steamed rice, it can rustle up a mean feast in a short time. The success of microwaves in the Indian kitchen can be gauged from the fact that even a microwave cooker has been launched in the market. There are a few things to keep in mind while opting for microwave cooking like cutting the food into smaller pieces which will ensure even cooking and checking if food has cooked completely once it is done. But these are small precautions for a bigger advantage which microwave oven gives us.