The microwave is one among the few kitchen appliances and equipment that have had a tremendous and remarkable contribution to the cooking process. It is a fast and very convenient appliance, thus deserves to get a prominent place in the kitchen. A microwave is now an unavoidable utensil and utility in the modern kitchen. This is why it is enjoying such wide popularity all over the globe.
To even spice up things more, microwave manufacturers thanks to the evolving technology have incorporated some fascinating features in the latest version. This has lead to the microwave being a multipurpose appliance in the kitchen. It is not only essential in reheating or defrosting stored food, but can be used for some tasks that include toasting, grilling, roasting, and even baking.
You will agree with me that a microwave has more advantages than the disadvantage, but let us look at some of its pros and cons:
If you inquire or ask any individual about the greatest motivation of using a microwave, the most common reason that they will give you is that a microwave saves time. This is so because you don’t have to defrost your food first before you start cooking it as it is when you are using other conventional cooking methods. With the latest technology, the microwave can defrost the food in a few seconds and then cook it after that in a few minutes. This is not only critical in saving time but money also as this lowers the amount of fuel used.
Whereas it can save time and lower the cost of food preparation, there are aspects of this that are disadvantageous. From experience, it is very easy for an individual to overestimate the cooking capability of the particular microwave that they are using.
Taste and appearance
While the microwave can cook virtually everything, some of the common basic models can leave the food having a not so good appearance. You should note that some foods will come out looking tasty while others will not. But another advantage is that other models allow one to steam, crisp and they can even enable one melt cheese. There are those that will also enable you to recreate the steaming features using your recipe.
Another major disadvantage is that a microwave cooker does not allow food browning. Some foods will just look better by having a good brown color.
Whenever cooking the biggest factor that you should put into consideration is the security of the food. The microwave cooks food at very high temperatures that can convince one that the food is properly cooked. This may not be the case since some small hot pockets, or cold spots can remain within the food.