The Microwave Oven: A 50-year-old appliance still helpful and valuable in the kitchen
Solutions for everyday, practical recipes
A couple of decades ago, the world got on this fast and furious roller coaster of technological evolution. We saw hundreds of changes and inventions in almost every area of life. But as technology and innovation grew in some of them, like at Work, we started to feel like we needed to optimize our time at home to spend less time with household chores and more time with our families or at Work.
Start in the kitchen
Who doesn’t need the help of a robot vacuum cleaner? Or who wouldn’t want to cook a dish that only needs a few ingredients, a few other tools, and just a couple of minutes to prepare? And this is where gastronomic innovation began: hundreds of appliances that do cleaning and cooking more accessible and, as a result, more enjoyable.
If you think about it, one appliance in your kitchen saved you both trouble and time. The microwave oven is perhaps the most straightforward kitchen appliance. And this, as new as it may sound, is not so new, not so new. Once you do this and try, there is no going back. Just a few clicks, a couple of minutes, and your dish (fresh or a few leftovers) are waiting for you to serve and enjoy.
Why or why not?
There are only a few downsides to using a microwave, and not enough to beat a hundred benefits it can bring to cooking and your lifestyle.
If that’s not the case, no one wants (and doesn’t want to) to spend two hours cooking. Even if it doesn’t look like a traditional oven, a microwave saves time, but it’s also safer and cleaner. Let’s see why.
- Microwave ovens do not need to be preheated as they start cooking the moment you turn them on. Plus, they all have a built-in timer, so you know it will turn off when the timer goes off. The time savings aren’t significant there, but what matters is that it’s safer, as you don’t have to worry about gas leaks or anything like that.
- Although not the lowest among kitchen appliances, energy consumption is noticeably quieter than that of electric stoves or ovens.
- On the clean side, microwave cooking will help you use fewer pots, pans, spoons, and forks for cooking just one meal that you can finish in twenty minutes at the most.
This is to say that the microwave may be suitable for quick meals but not for fine dining. However, it’s great for leftovers, which is a great pro considering you can always organize your week ahead of time and prep your meals using a day or two to prep and only the microwave to reheat and serve.
A few dishes can be made from scratch in the microwave, so here’s a recipe to help you get the most out of it. fried rice with eggThe perfect dish for a quick lunch. It can be adapted to food preparation as you can leave all the chopped ingredients in the fridge and use them when you eat.
- 1 ½ cups rice.
- 2 glasses of water.
- 2 chicken breasts.
- 1 glass of peas.
- 1 carrot.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt.
- Pinch of pepper.
- 2 eggs.
- Place 1.5 cups of rice and 2 cups of water in a medium glass bowl.
- Chop up one or two chicken breasts and add them to the bowl.
- Add extra virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of salt. Stir and microwave for eight minutes.
- Take out the bowl and add the previously chopped carrots and peas. Please return it to the microwave for another two minutes.
- While this is cooking, take a cup and put in two eggs. Whisk them up and season with salt and pepper. Whisk again and microwave for 2 minutes.
- Take a bowl of eggs and break the eggs. Add the egg to the bowl and mix all the ingredients.
It will be ready to serve and enjoy in ten minutes, and you will have almost no utensils to clean up.