A microwave, as Chef David Chang has famously said, is a machine from the future here in the present day. It is a device that can do wonders in your culinary voyage and can help you cook food in a matter of minutes, but sadly, it has been surrounded by clouds of doubt and rumours.
So, today, let’s get some facts about this fabulous invention straight. Presenting some game-changing dope about this misunderstood, underused but a probable kitchen workhorse. They just might make you appreciate the nondescript appliance in a new way.
So, what is a microwave?
Microwaves are kitchen appliances that turn electricity into electromagnetic waves called microwaves. These waves can stimulate molecules in food, making them vibrate, spin around, and clash with each other — which turns the energy into heat.
1.And (are you ready for this?) microwaving is the healthiest way of cooking. Period.
There are plenty of studies to back up this statement. Studies done by Harvard University, Cornell University, and many others have proven that food cooked in the microwave is more nutrient-dense in comparison to other methods.
It is actually simple. The lesser time consumed in cooking leads to more retention of nutrients. Nutrients say adieu to your food when it's cooked for a long time or at very high temperatures. The microwave does neither of those things — it cooks food for a very short time and at very low temperatures. Thus, your food retains more nutrients.
2.They cook food very very quickly
Microwaves are super-fast at cooking and heating food because firstly the length of a microwave happens to be particularly excellent at making water molecules vibrate back and forth quickly. Since pretty much every food is mostly made up of water, this works in favour of the microwave.
In contrast, an oven, stove, or pressure cooker take longer time as they work by heating up the air or space around the food, and then waiting for that heat to penetrate the food. Unlike a microwave, they are indirectly heating the food. In the case of an oven, you also have to wait for it to preheat. Thus, all you need is some microwave-safe food containers (and some great, gourmet recipes) and you are ready to create culinary wonders.
3. Hazzard-less appliance for hassle-less cooking
No pre-heating, no risk of burns, no monitoring, in fact, you can just press a few buttons, it instantly starts cooking, and stops when the timer goes off. They heat the food inside while the exterior remains unaffected unlike other types of heating sources. Moreover, a microwave uses much less space in the kitchen, therefore, is perfect for limited space.
4. Less energy consumption
Microwave is highly energy efficient as you can directly control cooking time. It uses less energy than a conventional oven or a regular cooktop since they directly heat up the water in the food.
5. And once again (and we will say it as many times as it is required), microwaving is 100% safe
No radioactive process. No cancer agent. Microwaves are simply a type of electromagnetic wave that is similar to the wave emitted by light or a radio. They’re not powerful enough to cause any kind of harmful radiation. In fact, your cell phone exudes more microwaves than your microwave!
So if you feel okay about using a cell phone or standing next to lights, you should feel completely safe standing next to a microwave and cooking in it!