A microwave is a great tool for making hot coffee and cocoa. The miracle of human inventions is even suitable for warming up tea. So cool!
There are many ways to use a microwave, for example if I’m unsure whether the meat I’m preparing for lunch is properly cooked through, I like to put it in the microwave for another 5 minutes (that only helps if it’s visible fully cooked from the outside). After that, I am pretty sure it’s done, and ready to enjoy it!
However, this invention also raises a lot of questions about one or the other use of the microwave. For example: how dangerous are the rays for health, or what effect do they have on food? Radioactivity is a keyword here that is often used.
Others ask very simple questions like what is the maximum temperature that a microwave can reach? Or whether the conventional microwave can be replaced by an oven, if you don’t have a microwave at home.
I would like to answer a few of these questions in this blog post!
Have a good time and enjoy reading!
A microwave heats the molecules of the water and can therefore reach a maximum temperature of 100 ° C, i.e. the boiling point of water. Microwaves by themselves cannot roast or produce a crispy crust.
The question that some of you readers are probably asking is, how the microwave level is related. Or which time setting you should use at which level, for which type of food. Most people, including myself, probably just do it out of feeling, and that feeling often proves to be correct over time. But not always-
Here you can find out whether the radiation is harmful at all and how you can best use your microwave.
The most important thing about the microwave is the so-called magnetron, a transmitter that generates electromagnetic waves, which then penetrates the food and heats it up. This happens when the water molecules begin to vibrate. But salt is heated too, which you may have noticed when you tried to salt your vegetables before they were heated.
How to most effectively use your microwave.
The most effective way to use the microwave is to follow the rule double amount = double time. Use the microwave for small quantities, estimate when to turn on the oven or the stove.
What you can’t do with the microwave
As already mentioned, heating food to over 100 degrees is unfortunately not possible. Therefore you cannot make coffee in a microwave, for example.
Another thing that cannot be heated in the microwave are bread rolls. These are better placed in the oven, should you try it, they will come out rock-hard.
Under no circumstances should metal be put in the microwave, it will damage your microwave in the long term, spoil your food or, in the worst case, produce sparks that can lead to fire.
Make sure to use suitable dishes for the meal, which we recommend would be glass or porcelain. Some dishes made of plastic are also suitable for the microwave. Just put it in there for two minutes and see if it gets warm, if so, it’s not suitable. If not, then everything is fine.
How dangerous are microwaves?
In the 30 years since microwaves have been used in households, there have been no negative effects on food that has been heated with the microwave. A microwave does not have enough energy to change microwaves over the long term.
So if you next warm up frozen vegetables, you don’t need to worry that something is wrong with them afterwards. Microwaves are also safe from the outside. From a certain distance, the waves decrease very quickly, very rapidly. That doesn’t mean you should be standing right in front of the microwave door, you generally shouldn’t. However, you don’t need to keep a 3 meter safe distance from it.
Should you leave the microwave door open after use?
Nothing happens when you leave the microwave door open. Leaving the door open after using the microwave has no effect.
However, leave the door open for ventilation and to clean the microwave.
Since the microwave rays fade away in the air after a short time, it does not matter whether the door remains open immediately after use or not. This is a decision you should make for yourself.
If your microwave’s lights go on while it’s open, close it to save power. Or turn them off automatically, look at the back for the model name and search for “manual [INSERT MICROWAVE NAME]” on Google.
What is the best microwave power level for your meal?
The easiest foods to cook in the microwave are those that contain a lot of water. In this case, the cover prevents it from drying out, but it quickly turns the food into a match.
The meal should only be salted after cooking, since salt is one of the things in the microwave that is heated. Your microwave should of course not be wet and should be cleaned regularly to get the best performance out of it.
In principle, vegetables should be reduced in size on a plate and heated with a cover, possibly with a little water or sour cream. The recommended power would be 600 watts, approximately 2-6 minutes depending on the amount.
Meat should be heated at around 500-750 watts, in this case without adding any additional water. It should be noted that the pieces of meat should all be the same large, when possible. Pork and poultry are best, while beef and game tend to be tough.
Rice, potatoes or pasta should generally be prepared in a pot. Nevertheless, we recommend around 500 watts for small quantities for about 3-4 minutes.
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Can a oven replace microwave?
If you have a few tasty little things that you want to warm up in the microwave and then enjoy watching TV BUT the microwave doesn’t work, you have a problem, right?
In fact, a standard oven is sometimes enough to prepare the coveted meal.
It is important to understand how the two devices work.
An oven heats food by heating the air in a small space. The heat waves now penetrate bit by bit into the food and then at some point reache the center. This is also the reason why it can take hours before the turkey in the oven is finally ready for the annual Christmas festival.
It is completely different with the microwave. It makes the water molecules that are in the food go vibrate. All of the molecules at the same time. This has many advantages, one of them is speed, of course.
What you have to understand here, is, yes, the microwave captures all parts of the food at the same time, but it does NOT always equally effect them all. Means: A microwave cannot replace the roasting of meat, which requires a constant temperature of 70 degrees, the microwave can only produce this very unreliably and irregularly.
Food that is specifically suitable for the microwave should also be reserved for the microwave. Because: if you put something wrong in the oven, it may almost burn on the outside, but is still completely cold inside. Everyone who has ever fried meat knows that.
Manufacturers rely on the food being prepared as recommended and that the microwaves main function is being used. Therefore: Always read the packaging carefully.
You shouldn’t bake brownies in the microwave either. Because as the name suggests, brownies should be brown and crispy. Something that the microwave, as I said, cannot do, in contrast to the oven.
So if you are still wondering which foods are best to prepare in the oven, then apply this logic to what you want to prepare. Should it be brown, then no. If it just needs to be heated, then yes, please, use the microwave!
Ps: If you don’t know it. Ask Google.