Microwaves are quick and convenient; they are for busy lifestyles and great for helping out with a hectic family life.
They now do a lot more than simply defrosting and re-heating. Microwaves with grills and convection ovens provide flexible, as well as, space-saving additions to the modern kitchen.
When choosing your microwave oven, first think about what you intend to use it for and where in the kitchen it will be situated. This guide explains the different types of microwaves available and what they are best suited for.
2. Types of Microwaves
The basic standard microwave is great for simple tasks such as heating, defrosting frozen food, steaming and re-heating food. They generally cost less and are easier to install and operate.
Microwaves with Grill:
These microwaves are just like the standard microwaves but with an added advantage of grilling. Microwaves with grill function gives you the added benefit of being able to brown and crisp your fish/meat.
This kind of microwave offers a grill function, convection oven, as well as, a steam function. A convection oven uses a fan to circulate hot air, therefore, ensuring even heating for your food.
Convection microwave ovens allow multiple cooking modes in a single oven.
Built-in microwave ovens are designed to fit seamlessly into your kitchen space, they are ideal for small kitchens because they free up your work top space and are generally top-of-the-range.
Auto-Cook/Auto Defrost: Weight and type of food determines the time needed to cook a meal. The microwave automatically selects the oven temperature, microwave power output and optimum cooking time.
Auto-Cook Nigerian Menus: Cook indigenous meals at the push of a button, our microwaves come with pre-set Nigerian menus for ease of cooking.
Self-Clean oven cavity: Cleaning the oven can be one of the most stressful chores in the kitchen, that is why we have a self-clean feature in our microwave ovens.
Easy Bake Oven: Baking has now been made easier with the Bakemaster microwave oven from Haier Thermocool.
Control Panel: Rotary dials ensure smooth and easy operation, allowing you to alter settings without interrupting the cooking.
Accessories: Some microwave ovens come with additional accessories, such as vegetable steamers, grill racks and microwave-safe containers.
Microwave size varies from 17L to 40Litres. Larger families are advised to opt for larger capacities, as larger capacities usually have larger turntable and more interior height so you can prepare more than one dish at a time.
Microwave power is measured in watts and can range from 800W to 1100W.The higher the wattage, the faster the cooking time.
• Always use microwave-safe containers. Ceramics, glassware and some plastics can be used in your microwave but Aluminium foil and containers with metal trims should not be used.
• Leave any covered food vented when cooking it, so the steam can escape. Better still, unseal the container and use a microwave cover while cooking.
• When cooking, stir the food halfway through the cooking time, this will help to reduce any possible ‘cold spots’
• Be careful when taking food out of the microwave, as the container and food might be very hot. Use a kitchen napkin or gloves.
• Keep your microwave clean, as a dirty oven will cook more slowly and unevenly. Avoid using scouring pads, steel wool or other abrasives to clean your microwave.
• Do not switch on the microwave while it is empty, this could damage the microwave.
• Do not use microwave ovens for sterilising baby bottles or other food utensils.
• Check with your doctor if you have a pacemaker. Modern pacemakers are protected against interference, but some older ones may still be adversely affected by proximity to a microwave oven.