Microwave Ovens – Advantages and Disadvantages

Alma L. Figueroa

Microwaves are one of the greatest inventions for the kitchen in your home. These cookers absorb the energy from the food inside the microwave. The water in the food is what causes the food to cook. This is accomplished by the food particles vibrating against each other which generates heat for cooking. 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.

I think you would agree that a microwave has a lot more advantages than disadvantages. Just the savings in time is one of the greatest advantage. You don’t have to defrost your food before cooking as in most cases. Your microwave can defrost your food in seconds and then cook it in minutes. This not only saves you time but money also.

No more heating up the whole house to cook your meat on a hot day. Just pop your meat into the microwave and cook it without getting your kitchen hot. During the summer this is great. Cooler working place in the kitchen while cooking and a savings on the air to keep it cool.

My wife really likes the clean up when using the microwave. You don’t have the mess that you can have by using the stove. If you make a mess in the microwave just wipe it out with a damp cloth and you are ready again. Using the stove will require more work during the clean up.

Some of the disadvantages of using the microwave is the utensils that can be used for cooking. Don’t put any metal objects into the microwave. You will kill your microwave. Also there are certain dishes that can’t be put into a microwave. Most items that you use for cooking will tell you if it can be used in a microwave. Just be sure and check before using.

Another disadvantage is that some foods will require more cooking time because they didn’t cook all the way through the first time. It’s just a matter of adding a few more minutes to the cooking time which is no big deal. Sometimes just by stirring the food during the cooking time will help to eliminate the food from being under cooked. Either way is better than using the stove.

There’s more advantages than disadvantages in using a microwave for cooking. If you really like to cook then maybe the microwave wouldn’t be your first choice for cooking. But for those that don’t like cooking and are pressed for time the microwave is the one for you.

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