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Microwave Oven: Its use and convenience in the modern Indian kitchen

After the invention of fire thousands of years ago, the innovation of kitchen hearths during the middle ages and the use of gas stoves during the Industrial Revolution, microwave ovens are quite easily the greatest innovation in cooking systems and one of the most desired kitchen appliances by modern households.


The microwave oven was invented after the Second World War by Percy Spencer after an accident related to his experiments with microwave radiation. Spencer noted that a candy bar in his pocket melted when he was working on microwave rays, without damaging himself or his equipment. He soon realized that these rays could be used to cook food without damaging or heating any other devices. Even though these ovens were commercialized by the late 1940s, they were still too large for home use until their modification in 1967, when homemade ovens started to be manufactured.


Microwave ovens are widely used for reheating food which has already been cooked. They are essential for homes with a stressed lifestyle, in which there isn’t much time for cooking after coming back from work, for offices in which employees need to cook their home-brought food frequently, and other environments where frequent reheating of food is required. Though microwave ovens are usually unsuitable for culinary processes like baking, cooking , grilling and frying, they can definitely be used for primary cooking processes like boiling rice, making Maggi, tea, coffee, heating bread etc. for achievement of culinary effects where the flavors produced by the higher temperatures of frying, browning, or baking are needed. In today’s modern kitchen appliances, microwave ovens are usually customized into the kitchen system as a kitchen hood, and they can be combined with other heating systems for more functional cooking. Most such ovens use a timer for their operations.


The biggest utility of microwave ovens is that they heat food without heating themselves or the equipment / atmosphere around them. Most usual stoves or ovens always have environmentally dangerous heating elements present in them that can cause heating / burning problems if not heeded to. This advantage makes these ovens highly safe and doesn’t pose the usual problems provided by conventional burners or stoves. Similarly, the relatively lower temperatures used in cooking provide less possibilities of formation of tar or similar substances in kitchen appliances, and it goes without saying that they cause much lesser atmospheric and noise pollution than most other appliances. Microwave radiation also reaches deeper than direct heating, so food items are heated by internal water content than by external content, thus rendering them nutritionally safer as well.


Elica has been innovating in the field of Microwave ovens of 25 and 44 liter capacities, with several automatic cooking functionalities. With a stainless steel and glass finish, Elica’s microwave ovens are equipped with digital interfaces that take care of most household cooking requirements. Not only are they hygienic and safe, they also arrive with lifetime warranty that is highly suited for Indian households looking for durability and ease-of-use.