In microwaves, power is measured in wattage. A microwave with a power of 1,000 watts will cook food quickly and efficiently. Microwaves that are 700 watts and less may cook slower and not as evenly. The wattage will determine the time it takes to cook. Remember that microwaves with higher power often have higher prices, so it’s important to keep that in mind if you are trying to stay within your budget.
Are you concerned about the impact of a decrease in wattage on your cooking? Make the same recipe in your old microwave and notice how much longer it takes. It doesn’t matter if the result isn’t exactly what you expect. Susan Westmoreland (culinary director, Good Housekeeping Institute), says that you can use the “add 30 seconds” or “quick minute” buttons to check for doneness when boiling water, melting chocolate, and popping popcorn.
What specifications and features should I be looking for in a microwave?
Many features are available in today’s microwaves to simplify your life. Pre-programmed settings and automatic defrost can quickly heat up snacks and take out the guesswork of cooking meals. Sensors can also calculate the cook time based upon the steam that the food emits. It is possible to control the timing of your food down to the second using buttons.
A multi-purpose microwave is a great way to save space in your kitchen. You can use them as toasters, convection ovens, and other appliances.
For families with small children, microwaves should have a child lockout function. It is simple to use. Adults must press a series of buttons (1234 for example) to be able to turn the appliance on.
Attention will be paid to the control panel, as well as the door. The large buttons and icons make it easy to ensure you don’t press the wrong button. The control panel should be easy to read in all lighting conditions, including the dark. Forte also says that smooth control panels are more easy to clean than panels with buttons and knobs. You’ll notice the buttons on some microwaves, and the handles on others. You can choose what is most comfortable for you.
For those who love to snack late at night, microwaves such as this Toshiba microwave have the ability to turn off all sounds.
How often should I change my microwave?
Microwaves have a typical life span of 10 years. You can still use your microwave if it is working properly after this time. Even if your microwave works fine, it is best to repair or replace any damage in the door or seal.
What other information do I need about microwaves and their uses?
Stir your food once or twice during cooking to prevent it from drying out when you microwave. Use a paper plate or cover to protect your food. You should also use a cover (or paper plate) to keep splatters at bay. If you don’t want steam to escape, you can use waxed or paper towels instead. Use plastic wrap or a microwave-safe lid to keep moisture in the food. To prevent splattering, use a larger bowl.
These are some tips that will clean your microwave.
Use dish soap, baking soda, or vinegar (white, apple cider) to clean the microwave. Here are the steps to clean your microwave door interior and exterior.
- Use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (a Good Housekeeping Seal Holder!) Remove stubborn spots.
- To prevent gunk buildup, wipe down your appliance at least once a week.