Microwave ovens have revolutionized food preparation since first being introduced in the 1970s. Wildly popular, they became, almost overnight, “the” appliance to have in the house. Microwaves were hailed as the be all end all with myriads of uses. Interestingly though, many chefs had a limited use for microwave ovens because they could not produce a certain type of browning they required.
Another interesting and fun fact about the microwave oven is the first food cooked with microwaves was popcorn, and the second was an egg which actually exploded in the face of one of the experimenters. Percy Spencer, who invented the microwave, was working on an active radar set for Raytheon when he noticed a peanut candy bar had started to melt in his pocket.
Since the first attempts at learning how to use the microwave to cook, microwave ovens have improved, becoming smart machines capable of even being able to weigh a plate of food to gauge how long to zap it. Needless to say, cooking things with the microwave has become very easy. So easy in fact, the hundreds of microwave recipes you’ll find on the Net and in cookbooks attests to the fact you could literally cook your whole meal from start to finish in it.
With a little good luck, you can also find free microwave recipes on the Net. If you’re totally hooked on fudge, one of the easiest microwave fudge recipes features 5 ingredients and takes a mere 2 minutes to make. Mmmmm, delicious! And, if you’re a cook in a hurry and want something tasty as a homemade candy snack, you can find a microwave peanut brittle recipe that only takes 10 minutes from start to finish, adds a bit extra for cooling time. Amazing isn’t it?
If you don’t have enough space in your kitchen for a microwave, then you might want to consider the Tappan microwaves. Tappan space saver microwave ovens are great for smaller spaces and come in a variety of colors and sizes. You can even use them when you go RV’ing. And speaking of size considerations – as in where to put the microwave if you’re short on space – you might want to think about a Sharp microwave.
It’s an under the counter installation in something dubbed the microwave drawer. Great for open-plan kitchens or if you have an island. This might be a good idea for you if you’re pressed for space in your kitchen and a microwave cart would take up too much room.
If you’re really looking for something just a little bit different, then consider the Cajun microwave. It’s a cypress wood roasting box designed to cook large pieces of meat and other items, including roast pigs. So really, you’d need to use the Cajun outside for large get-togethers.
Shopping for microwaves and getting confused between a conventional microwave and a convection microwave? A microwave convection oven is merely a variant of the microwave in that it’s a combination of a standard microwave and a convection oven. It means food cooks more quickly, yet comes out browned and nicely crisped – as it had been in a convection oven. An interesting fact, some manufacturers have added a high power quartz halogen bulb to their convection microwave models to speed the cooking process up and give it a nice “brown look”.