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Microwave Oven Buying Advice

A microwave oven is the most convenient way to heat food in the home or at the office. Microwave ovens use various combinations of electrical circuits and mechanical devices to produce and control an output of microwave energy for heating and cooking. A microwave oven system consists of two primary units: the control section and the high-voltage section. The control section is designed to control or govern the power output and cooking time, and various interlock and protection devices. The high-voltage section is used to transmit the house voltage to high voltage so that the high voltage is capable of converting microwave energy.

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Microwave cooking is more energy efficient cooking than conventional cooking. Microwave cooking is fast and the energy only heats the food instead of heating the whole environment. In addition, microwave cooking protects the food nutrition such as vitamins from reducing greatly during the cook and you do not have to add water to the food. What’s more, food can be cooked in various containers such as glass, paper, ceramic, or plastic containers.

Microwaves sizes vary greatly including compact (0.5-0.8 cubic feet), mid size (0.9-1.3 cubic feet), family size (1.4-1.6 cubic feet), and full size (1.8-2.0 cubic feet). Besides different sizes, microwaves?features are also attractive to people. Sensor cooking cooks the food based on humidity in the oven from moisture from the food. Preprogrammed cooking starts with one touch: you add the food, tell the appliance what you are cooking, and start. Programmable cooking lets you to select power changes and timing. Combination microwave/convection ovens let you brown and crisp food, too. Other options include minute plus options, automatic one touch defrost, perfect popcorn features and more. Obviously, microwaves can meet different people’s needs.

For the safety’s sake, consumers must operate microwaves carefully. Read the manufacturer’s warranties and recommended operating procedures carefully before cooking food. Don't turn on an oven before the door closes firmly. Do not stand closely to a microwave or you will run the risk of exposure to the microwave radiation which is harmful for health. Metal pans or aluminum foil should also not be used in a microwave as these materials will damage the oven to some extent. If your microwave does not operate properly and you want to repair it yourself, make sure that you cut the electric power firstly or you will run the risk of being shocked by the high-voltage or even losing your life.

Buying Tips:
The larger family you have, the larger microwave oven you should plan to purchase. If you have a child, make sure there is a safety lock on the microwave oven. Do not forget to look for a splatter shield and a cover since they make the microwave cooking more safely and more conveniently. A full set of microwave cooking utensils should also be considered to match with your cooking style. When you consider purchasing a microwave, you should take your family needs into consideration and then you can buy a satisfactory microwave oven.

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