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Philips HD6975 Review- Best OTG in the Market?

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In this Philips HD6975 Review, we will look at the Philips Oven toaster and Grill(OTG) which is 25 Ltrs in capacity and has a digital display panel. We will look at its overall performance, design, and other features that would benefit everyday users. We have reviewed it according to Microwave Oven Buying Guide, do check it out.

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Summary

Philips OTG HD6975 is an overall product that performs well, looks good, and gives you bang for the buck.

In this OTG you can bake, grill, and toast, it also has temperature control that lets you brown. The browning gives your food a richer taste and texture.

The 25ltrs capacity makes it perfectly suitable for small to medium families of 2-4 people. A perfect appliance for a healthy living family.

Hence if you are a medium family or even a bachelor who bakes, toasts, and grills then consider this Philips 25 ltrs OTG.

The OTG has a digital display panel that allows you to select modes, recipes, time your cooking, and also temperature control.

The best thing about the OTG is the light option, allowing you to watch your beautiful cakes, toasts and pizza are in the making.

Philips provides you with a recipe book that is very good and mentions exactly what you need for that recipe, be it a tray or any other accessories.

All these features and functions point to the fact that Philips HD6975 is beginner-friendly, hence if you are a beginner in cooking, baking or grilling then this OTG is your best bet.

Consider Morphy Richards if you are a large family.

Performance

Coming to the performance of the Philips 25Ltr OTG, 1500 Watts of power makes this OTG a powerful one that can bake, toast and grill easily.

Opti-temp technology ensures that the heat distribution is done evenly, giving you consistent performance over time.

The Opti-temp technology also gives a browning effect, which is the crispy crust formation in the ends of cakes and toasts. The performance on the grill function also impresses with uniform and quick cooking.

Overall the OTG excels in the performance and no doubt will impress you to every bit.

A convection mode would have been a bonus but that does not make it a valuable buy.

Design

The design of this Philips OTG is good and attractive, the size of the OTG is similar to that of a regular-sized oven hence taking up less space.

The chrome finish knob and digital display with transparent glass give Philips HD6975 OTG an edge over others in the market.

The OTG when in operation with your Cakes, pizzas, and grilled chicken would be lovely to watch and enjoy the cooking process.

Features

One of the most impressive aspects of this Philips OTG is its features.

The Digital display panels allow you to select modes, recipes, time, and temperature control.

It also has a one-touch 10 pre-set menu, which makes you select different dishes and recipes for which the OTG would automatically choose the time and temperature required.

digital panel

And as mentioned before opti-temp control controls the temperature.

The OTG has a lighting system that allows you to watch the cooking process, which is good.

The chrome finishes soft turn knobs are good and easy to operate. Special mention to temperature change knob that changes the temperature in 5 degrees, whereas others have an increase of 10 degrees.

Coming to the accessories Philips 25 ltrs OTG provides an ample amount of accessories that give you all-around baking, grilling, and toasting experience.

You get a baking tray, drip tray, rotisserie, grilling rack, and tongs. All the accessories are food-graded and rust-free.

It also has one-touch preheat functionality, which is another plus point.

Philips HD6975 OTG Review-Is it worth it?

Philips HD9675 is an all-rounder OTG that has great design, features, and amazing performance.

If you are a family of 2-4 members and need an OTG for baking, toasting and grilling then consider this Philips OTG. Also, consider the OTG for its performance and overall usability.

It perfectly suits the medium-sized family of 2-4 members due to 25Ltrs of capacity. Philips OTG has an advanced temperature control function called Opti-temp.

The performance on the temperature control is really good, giving you an accurate temperature for cooking.

And coming to temperature control the knobs help you increase and decrease the temperature by 5 degrees, thereby giving you greater control.

The light system is good to enjoy the process of cooking, and the soft turn knobs are easy to operate.

The number of accessories provided is also one of the better reasons to consider the OTG, gives you all that you need from a machine.

Coming to its drawbacks the door handle of the OTG becomes hot making you use gloves or cloth for removing the food item.

Also, this oven is not convection, convection ovens are ovens that have a fan that circulates hot air inside. Thereby providing even distribution of heat and hence evenly cooked food.

But that does not take away the advantages the OTG provides. It is still a very good buy.

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Should you go for a Microwave instead?

If you are confused if you should consider a Microwave instead of an OTG then let us understand how an OTG works.

An OTG uses heating coils to generate the heating effect in the chamber whereas microwaves use microwaves(Radio waves) to heat up. The heating coils also provide the flavor of the coal from traditional or outdoor grills.

Therefore if you want an Oven that reheats your food and does a bit of cooking then consider a Solo Microwave.

And if you want Oven that multifunctions with toasting grilling and baking too, then consider an OTG, and that too Philips HD6975 OTG.

Alternatives

If you are a larger family and need a convection oven instead of an OTG then consider Samsung Microwave Oven, which has all that you need in an oven.

If you are a larger family and want more capacity then consider Borosil OTG which is larger than Philips OTG and also has Convection mode.

If budget is your priority then consider Bajaj OTG which is 22litres and is also highly ranked.

If you are a bachelor and need an OTG for basic needs then consider this Bajaj OTG.

 

With this we come to the end of Philips HD6975 Review, feel free to reach us out in the comments below.

Top 6 Best Microwave Oven Under 5000

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In this article we will help you get the best microwave oven under 5000 Rs

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Ultimate Guide to choosing Microwave Oven

No. of Members

Solo

Grill(OTG)

Convection

1-2

2-4

4-6

Functions

Reheating

Grilling

Baking

Defrosting

Pizza

Brownies

Features

Auto Cook

*

*

Child Lock

*

*

Preheating

*Depends on the model.

How does microwave work

The microwave heats your food without getting hot itself. It does this through radiation, the same way as the sun heats your body.

Microwave ovens use high-frequency electromagnetic waves generated by magnetrons. The same as that of TV and radio, these are very small and hence the name ‘Micro’. Although the waves are small they carry enormous amounts of energy.

These are absorbed by the food particles, causing the particles to vibrate. This vibration leads to heating of the food particles. Microwaves do this without heating the surrounding air or oven itself.

Although the same is not true for convection and grill ovens. Convection oven uses a heating element and a fan, this fan circulates hot air inside the oven and cooks it evenly. Now this is very different from natural microwave ovens, which use microwaves. Whereas convection uses heat and fan.

Grill ovens are similar to that of convection but differ in the fact that Oven toaster grills(OTG) have a coil for heating and a thermostat that controls the heat.

Microwave oven can be used for basic heating, convection can be used for baking and OTG for grilling.

Types of microwave oven

There are three types of microwave ovens and they are:

1.Solo Microwave

2.Convection Microwave Oven

3.Grill Or Oven toaster and Grill.

Solo Microwave

Solo microwave ovens are entry level microwave ovens which solely use microwave radiation, this type of microwave ovens are basic and can only be used for basic heating and cooking. Solo microwaves are cheapest and come with limited auto cook options. They usually range between 14-17Litres and some even 20L.

Consider a Solo Microwave if you are a small family or bachelor and if you need only reheating operation.

Grill Microwave

As the name suggests, this microwave is used to grill food items. Mainly chicken,pork beef and others.

These types of ovens use heating coils that generate the heating effect and also provide the flavor of the coal from traditional or outdoor grills. They are also known as Oven toaster grills(OTG).

They are slightly higher priced than solo, but have multi functions such as grilling,toasting, and can also be used for reheating.

Consider an OTG if you want to make toasts, pizzas and grilling meat.

Convection Microwave Oven

These are higher end ovens that combine both solo microwaves and OTG. They consist of a heating element and a fan. The fan blows hot air around the cavity thereby heating the food.

Convection microwaves have auto cook functions, and usually have a variety of options for cooking. The fan or blower allows the food to heat or cook faster than a Solo microwave. And these ovens are mainly used for baking, the even distribution of heat makes it more suitable for baking.

These ovens also have heating coils and can be used for grilling. Therefore performing Reheating, baking and grilling operations.

The downside of a convection oven is its price, although with evolving technology and production, the price has relatively come down.

Consider a convection if you have a large family and if you want to bake, cook food, grill and others.

Difference Between OTG, Microwave, Convection, Grill

The difference between all these types of ovens is the usage or utility.

Usage

Solo Microwave

OTG

Convection

Heating

Reheating

Grilling and Heating

Reheating, Grilling, Cooking and Baking

Heating Method

Microwaves

Heating Coils

Heating element and Fan

Food Items

Rehaeting leftovers

Pizzas and toasts

Cakes and Brownies

Cost

Low

Medium

High

Functions

Let’s go broadly into the functions that an oven performs, what they mean and how is it done.

Reheating

The most basic function that is needed in a microwave is reheating leftovers or just reheating food. This function is available in all variants of oven, be it solo, grill, convection and OTG.

Grilling/Toasting

Another important and a very popular function. Grilling food items give you a unique taste which is very popular. This function is mainly available in OTG and convection ovens. There are heating coils that help in the heating process.

Toasting function helps in toasting the bread and also preparing pizza. So if you want to make your favourite pizzas do consider OTGs.

Defrosting

When you store vegetables and meat in the freezer for longer shelf life, it requires to be thawed i.e to get rid of the ice and make it warm. This function allows the food items to get back to their normal temperature and get rid of the ice accumulated.

This function is usually present in all variants of microwave ovens.

Baking

The most favourite function among people is baking Be it cakes, brownies and breads this function does all. Consider the baking function in your microwave if you do regular baking. The only variant that does this is a convection oven, which has a heating element and a fan/blower. This fan circulates the heat evenly which is very much a requirement in baking.

Features

Coming to features, Microwaves ovens have various features that help us in day to day life.

Auto-Cook Function

In this feature, you will get pre set menus or pre set temperatures that are best suitable for certain dishes. You have to just select one of the preset programs, enter the weight of the contents and you are done. The oven will set the temperature and also the time.

This feature will help you if you do not know the required temperature for a certain dish.

Child Lock

The child lock is another safety feature that prevents children from pressing unwanted buttons on the microwave. This is a very good feature if you have kids around and prevents any accidents.

Although this feature is quite common now, some Solo Microwave Ovens do not have them and some do.

Usage/type of panel

Type of panel here refers to the control panel that enables you to control settings in the Oven. High end convection ovens have touch panels that are easy to operate and also feel premium.

But these do have their disadvantage, the touch panels come at a high replacement cost. If the touch panel stops working replacing them would cost you a bomb.

Regular maintenance and safe usage would ensure that longer life of the panels.

But then, some companies give warranties that include the touch panels and dials. So feel free to consider them as they look and feel premium.

What can you expect at this budget?

Before we look into the best microwave oven under 5000, we need to understand as to what you can expect at this budget. To be frank here, the more the budget, the more the features. And Same applies to Microwave Oven as well, wherein at the budget Solo Microwave Ovens are only options.

What are Solo Microwave Ovens?

Solo microwave ovens are entry level ovens that perform basic functions of heating. These are usually used for heating the leftovers, defrosting and sometimes making popcorn. You cannot bake or grill food in Solo Microwave.

If you need baking and grilling options the best you can get are convection ovens, that combine both solo and grill features.

Now let’s dive into the Best Microwave oven under 5000.

Top 6 Best Microwave Oven under 5000 Rs

1. IFB 17 L Solo Microwave Oven

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IFB is a well known brand in India and IFB Solo microwave oven is my favorite in terms of affordability and features.

This IFB 17L solo oven can reheat, defrost and cook, it has flexi power levels giving you full control of the heating. The power levels range from low, medium-low, medium, medium-high and high.

Comes with a 17 liter capacity, that is well suited to bachelors and small families(2-4). It is very compact and can fit in a small place or corner of your kitchen.

It has mechanical dialers that are easy to operate. There are three auto cook menu options mainly rice, fish and vegetables with grams mentioned.

Along with the quantity, the time and power requirements are also mentioned helping you to understand at what exact time and power level a rice or vegetable may get cooked.

The IFB microwave is stylish and one of the better looking microwaves in the solo category.

It also has a robust build that lasts long.

The compact size makes this microwave easy to clean, hassle less operation and light in weight. A complete package for you. It misses out on digital dial but then a digital dial would make it tougher to select timings and hence mechanical dial works best.

It has one year of on product warranty and 3 years on magnetron and cavity.

If you need basic heating, reheating and defrosting then this should be your best buy, this can also be considered for office use. 

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Well within the budget
  • Best for basic heating and reheating
  • Specific Defrost option available
  • Lasts long
Cons
  • Only basic heating possible
  • Not for Medium families(4-6)
Pros

2. Bajaj 17 L Solo Microwave Oven

Bajaj is a very well known appliance brand and they have some great entry level solo microwaves. One such is this, Bajaj 17L Solo Microwave Oven.

Very similar to IFB in terms of capacity and comes with a 17L cavity that is suitable for bachelors and small families of 2-4 members.

This solo microwave can be used to reheat, defrost and cook, like most of the solo microwaves.

Similar to IFB it has five levels of power, which lets you have control over the heating. The microwave has 30 min of maximum cooking time.

It has very simple mechanical knobs and is very easy to operate. Although setting a timer for 30 seconds is a difficulty, as it requires you to set the knob very carefully, higher end models have a +30 Seconds button.

The compact size of the Bajaj solo microwave lets you clean it easily, hassle free and light in weight. You can keep it at any corner of your kitchen and it will never take up space. The microwave could have looked better, although the build is very robust and usually lasts longer.

It has one year warranty on product and 1 year on magnetron.

If you need a microwave that does only reheating, defrosting and basic cooking that is durable then consider this Bajaj Solo microwave.

Pros
  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Within your budget
  • Best for reheating and defrosting
  • Known for its durability
Cons
  • Basic heating and not for grilling and baking
  • Not for medium families

3. BPL 20 L Solo Microwave Oven

bpl solo 20BPL is one of the oldest brands of India, and BPL products are known to be durable and long lasting.

BPL Solo microwave comes with a higher liter of cavity, higher than IFB and Bajaj. 20 Liter cavity lets you have more space for your dishes.

This microwave is suitable for small families and bachelors, it can also cater to a medium family of 4 members because of the higher spaced cavity.

Coming to functionalities it has simple mechanical knobs similar to that of Bajaj, which enable multi level power control in your hands.

It also has a quick defrosting function that defrosts your meat and frozen foods with a turn of the knob. Even though the microwave is 20L, it is quite compact and fits anywhere without taking much space.

The microwave could have looked better, but packs a punch in durability and ease of use. It is easy to clean and maintain. Has a 1 year warranty on product and 1 year on magnetron.

Consider the BPL 20L microwave if you are looking for reheating, defrosting and basic cooking functions, also consider this if you are looking for a microwave for your small to medium family.

Pros
  • Ease of use
  • Easy to clean
  • Budget friendly
  • Basic heating and cooking
  • BPL brand known for durability
  • Larger cavity than others in the list
Cons
  • Not for grilling and baking
  • After sales issues faced by some

4. Whirlpool 20 L Solo Microwave Oven

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Whirlpool is another popular brand of home appliances with exciting products and all in the affordable range.

Whirlpool solo microwave comes with a 20L cavity with powder coating that ensures longevity and prevents the microwaves emitting from magnetron to stay inside the oven. The higher cavity also lets you keep more food into the microwave for heating.

It also has five power levels, and has a feather touch display that gets rid of mechanical knobs and hands you a touch panel that works like charm. It has a button for opening the microwave door making it easier to work with.

LED display lets you know the timings and auto cook menu, this is one of the microwaves that have LED display in them.

It is a microwave that perfectly fits small to medium families and bachelors, this is my favorite in terms of functionalities. Whirlpool solo microwave has 21 auto cook functions pre installed for your convenience. 

Another feature that defines this microwave is dough rising feature which lets you proof your dough for batora or bread or even pizza. This is an added feature and hence is useful for those that make them regularly. Similarly it has yoghurt/curd feature which lets you make curd easily.

It has 1 year of warranty on product and 2 years on magnetron, which is pretty good at the price stated.

Consider whirlpool solo microwave for its features and added cavity capacity of 20L. Also the auto cook function that most of the microwaves in this budget lack. If you are looking to have reheating, basic cooking, dough making and other auto cook functions then this is your best buy. 

Pros
  • Feature loaded microwave
  • Best for small to medium families.
  • Budget friendly
  • Added extra cavity capacity
  • Touch display
  • Auto cook options
  • Dough/yogurt options
Cons
  • The microwave provides dough making for breads but does not have baking or grilling mode.

5. Morphy Richards 20 L Solo Microwave Oven

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In the list of Best Microwave oven under 5000, this morphy richards microwave comes at number 5 because of the price, which is slightly above the mark and hence ranked lower. This is a very good buy if you’re ready to shell out a few hundred rupees.

Morphy Richards solo microwave oven has 20L of cavity with powder coating, very similar to that of whirlpool microwave. The powder cavity as we know lasts long.

The microwave comes with five power levels, low, medium-low, medium, medium-high and high. These power levels help you have complete control over the heating process. It also has a quick defrost function that lets you thaw your meat easily with no hassle.

The jog dials give ease of use and operability, and also give you longer life. On the design aspects the microwave looks and feels good. It has a glass like finish door that enhances the aesthetics.

The microwave is again very compact and is usually the case with solo microwaves. You can fit them in any corner of the kitchen.

Consider this morphy richards solo microwave if you need reheating, defrosting and basic cooking. Also consider this microwave oven for its ease of use, ease of cleaning and maintenance. The microwave looks good and sure to enhance the décor of your kitchen.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Best for defrosting and reheating
  • Best for bachelors and small to medium families
  • Added extra cavity
  • Long lasting jog dials
Cons
  • Not for baking and grilling
  • Not in the budget (slightly higher)

6. Amazon Basics Solo Microwave Oven

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Did you know that amazon has its own microwave oven? Well this was surprising for me as well. AmazonBasics is an inhouse brand of amazon and features some great products.

This solo microwave is similar to that of IFB and Bajaj, a basic solo microwave oven which performs basic heating and defrosting.

The microwave has 20L of cavity that provides large space for your dishes and bowls. More the cavity means more food that can fit it.

The microwave comes with five power levels, low, medium-low, medium, medium-high and high. These power levels help you have complete control over the heating process.

It also has a quick defrost button that lets you thaw your meat easily with no hassle.

The oven comes with mechanical dials that ensure ease of use and long life, there are two dials one for setting up the heat level and other as a timer.

AmazonBasics microwave suit best for small families and bachelors as it does basic reheating and cooking also for its cavity size it can cater to max of 3-4 members.

Coming to the design of the microwave, the microwave does look good and feel premium but again could improve in overall aesthetics.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Long lasting dials
  • Best for small families
  • Large cavity of 20L
Cons
  • Not for baking and grilling
  • AmazonBasics brand not known to many

 

With this we come to an end of Best Microwave Oven under 5000, in case of any queries or suggestions do write to us in the comments below.

How to use Microwave Oven-Ultimate Guide for Microwave Oven

Conventional Ovens have had significance in cooking for centuries. Ovens made up of brick and wood which were used before are still used for their authentic taste and quality.

Microwave Oven was invented during World War II by an American Engineer Percy Spencer. These are not only used for heating leftovers as it is generally thought of. It has many uses,read on to know.

If you are someone who is planning to buy or even bought a new microwave then this ultimate guide on how to use microwave oven is for you. Read this guide if you are a beginner and we also have some expert tips, jump over to the tips section to find them.

How does a microwave oven work?

Before using a microwave oven we need to know its basic working. The microwave heats your food without getting hot itself. It does this through radiation, the same way as the sun heats your body.

Microwave ovens use high-frequency electromagnetic waves. The same as that of TV and radio, these are very small and hence the name ‘Micro’. Although the waves are small they carry enormous amounts of energy.

These are absorbed by the food particles, causing the particles to vibrate. This vibration leads to heating of the food particles. Microwaves do this without heating the surrounding air or oven itself.

Types of Microwave Ovens

Solo Microwave Oven

Solo Microwaves are ovens that are basic models and are cheaper. These ovens are entry-level models that are mostly used for heating leftovers. They can also be used for defrosting, and other basic cooking.

Grill Microwave oven

As the name suggests grill microwaves are for grilling meat, veggies, pizza, and others. These have heating coils that help in grilling and toasting. If you have a grill microwave then I am sure it requires a lot of cleaning and maintenance. Jump over to cleaning section to get some cleaning tips.

Convection Microwave oven

Convection ovens are sophisticated ovens that perform all the cooking functions that you need in your kitchen. Convection ovens have fans that circulate the air throughout, cooking the food uniformly. Baking bread,cakes, and brownies can all be done in this type of oven.

Microwave Oven vs Convection oven

Convection is a type of oven that uses a different heating method than that of a microwave. Convection ovens use a heating element and a fan that circulates the heat throughout.

Convection ovens cook food faster and more evenly than microwave ovens and hence considered to be better than them. Although there are combinations of both in the market, Microwave convection ovens. Which uses both the heating element and microwaves to heat the food. This guide addresses to all the types of ovens.

And it is a myth that microwaves cook food from inside out and convection the other way round.

Setting up a microwave oven before using

Before using a microwave oven there are some important factors to keep in mind.

You must go through the instructions manual. These are provided by the manufacturer for important stuff that you need to follow. Also these instructions change with the product.

Setting up the oven

The microwave oven must be placed on flat surfaces. Also ensure you have a designated place in the kitchen which is dry and clean. And ensure it is near a plug socket for the electric connection, as frequent moving of the oven can be tedious.

The socket must not be generally used by other appliances. Also make sure that you do not use an adapter or an extension cord for electric connection. The turntable provided is to be placed properly inside the oven, as per instructions.

Now as the microwave is set up, let’s look at the Preheating aspect.

Preheating(why, how, when and how long)

Preheating the microwave oven is like heating a pan before cooking or frying. The preheating process ensures that the oven reaches a certain temperature before you cook. Preheating is generally done for baking and grilling. As a cold oven can take time to reach the desired temperature levels and hence affect the cooking.

The preheating process is easy and requires you to switch on the baking mode(or set the temperature). Set a timer as per your need and start.

Preheating is usually carried out for 10-15 minutes, depending upon the model. Older models need more time and new ovens available in the market heat faster. They also need less time to reach the desired temperature. Usually, the temperatures required are in the range of 200-300 degrees Celsius.

Do’s and don’ts of Microwave Oven

A microwave oven is an electrical appliance that requires care. I have included some dos and don’ts that you must take into consideration.

Do’s

  • Use the microwave in a clean place.
  • Preheat the oven as and when required.
  • Clean the microwave frequently(Once or twice in a week); Use a clean damp cloth, soaked in detergent or just water. Clean the transparent glass after every use.
  • Read and follow instructions as per instructions manual(manual is your bible)
  • Use microwave-safe containers. For example ceramic, glass and other microwave-safe plastic containers(labeled by manufacturers)
  • Stir the food as necessary, heat the food for a minute or two and remove it to check if it’s warm enough, if not stir the food and reheat it for another minute.

Don’ts

  • Do not overstuff the oven with food, only heat what is needed; Overstuffed oven could lead to uneven cooking and thereby wasted energy.
  • Do not put the food inside the oven uncovered, always cover the food with a plastic cover that is microwave safe. This could avoid splattering.
  • Do not open the oven for repairs if you are not an expert.
  • Do not use the oven for experiments. Use it safely and with guidance from experts and elders.

Uses of Microwave Oven

Reheating

I always believed that if you want to heat your leftover food quickly then you gotta get a microwave. Well, the microwave ovens that are available now in the markets are much more advanced and do a lot more than just heating the leftovers.

Reheating leftovers, warming butter, chocolate, and coffee are also the most common uses of the oven.

Cooking food

Microwave can cook food too, be it dessert, chocolate peanut butter cake, to traditional Indian curries, the microwave does it all.

Boiling, blanching, roasting, and steaming food items are some of the common cooking options that you can get with a microwave oven. New microwaves have different presets for specific recipes and are heavily marketed by companies.

Baking

Baking is another popular use of a microwave oven and hence is used to bake cakes, cookies, and bread. Baking cakes find a popular use as many including me and you love cakes and pastries. The microwave makes it easy to bake these cakes and need very little time to bake. Another favorite being pizza comes under baking.

Roasting

You can roast your favorite nuts easily in the microwave. Just pop some nuts into the microwave and set a timer of 15-30 seconds, stop and repeat until your kitchen fills up with the aroma of roasted nuts.

Similarly, spices can be easily roasted and are faster than the stove.

Blanching

Blanching is a process of putting the vegetables in boiling water and running the vegetables through cold water immediately after. Thereby allowing peeling of the skin of the fruits and vegetables easily. Tomatoes can be blanched easily in the microwave and need half of the time.

Defrosting

Defrosting as the name suggests is freeing the vegetables, meat from accumulated ice. In other words thawing.

Some microwaves have a preset option of defrosting and do well in doing so. Reducing all the water running and endless wait for melting of the ice.

Others

There are many other uses of microwave ovens and you will be shocked by some and wonder if you could actually use a microwave for this.

  • Warming hair oils

Microwave with instant heating can warm up your oil instantly without a fuss and warm oil is considered best for the scalp.

  • Bringing back the crunch in chips and mixtures

Microwave ovens are best in crunching back the potato chips and mixtures that must have taken in some moisture. Place the chips in a towel in the microwave and switch it on for 30 seconds. The towel soaks up all the moisture and voila your crunchy chips are back!

  • Decrystallizing Honey

Place the crystallized honey in the microwave for 30 seconds and your honey is back in its true form.

Accessories

A microwave oven comes with many functionalities and let’s look at some of the most important ones and its uses.

Timer

By far the most important and basic functionality is the Timer. The timer allows you to set the time interval for your cooking and usually the timer is preset to a minimum of 15-30 seconds. It lets you set and forget, without you worrying about the food burning or wastage of energy. Always use a timer to set a designated time for a particular recipe.

Microwave Presets(Auto Cook)

Presets are nothing but timers that are designed for specific dishes and recipes, you just have to select the recipe and the weight. The microwave then will automatically set the power and cooking time. Feel free to use this function and enjoy delicious dishes.

Preheat

Wherein the oven is started empty for it to reach the desired temperature that is needed for the recipe. Usually carried out for cakes, cookies, and grilling.

Defrost

Melting the ice from the frozen meat or vegetables, ovens have preset functions for defrosting. Defrosting with a click of a button.

Child Lock

Child lock makes your microwave-safe around children. This function disables the buttons. And if your kid clicks on a button it will not take in that command until you disable the lock. A very helpful functionality if the kids are around.

Others

There are many other functionalities such as steaming, which helps you steam/simmer your food. Specially noodles, rice, and vegetables. Cooking power can also be controlled using the oven wherein it allows you to set the power levels from 10-90%.

Some premium models have turntable off functionality. In which you can stop the turntable from turning, this is usually ‘on’ by default.

+30 Seconds button adds in extra seconds. that controls your cooking time, use this function when you know that your food needs an increase in cooking time, to get perfectly cooked food.

Suitable cookware

Like most kitchen appliances, a microwave oven must be used with care. Before you heat the food or defrost you have to use microwave safe cookware. Regular cookware that does not microwave safe may harm the food and in turn you.

Microwave cookware is one that can sustain the microwaves and not get affected. The material should not get deformed, become too hot or release chemicals upon heating. The microwaves must pass through the cookware and heat the food.

Microwave safe materials are ceramic, glass, special plastic bowls, and paper. These allow the microwaves to pass through and heat the food. Not all ceramics are safe, stoneware and porcelain are considered to be safe. Although the metallic paints used in certain porcelain cannot be used as it may cause sparks. Even paper(plates) and napkins must be microwave safe.

To check whether material is microwave safe, place a cup of water and the cookware you want to test in the microwave. Run the microwave for a few seconds and check if the cookware gets too hot, if it does then it’s unsafe.

The shape of the cookware also affects the cooking. A square-shaped container may get the food overcooked, hence round shaped containers or plates are the best.

Microwave Cooking Tips

Microwave cooking is different and it is a skill. Here are a few tips that will make your job easy.

  • Power setting

When you start the microwave without any power setting, it will be in a high power setting by default. Use the power settings as per the need. For example, cooking meat would require you to use 100% power, whereas defrosting will only need 30-40% of power setting.

When you say 30-40% power setting it means that the heating is on for 30% of the time.

  • Work with your microwave

By working I mean is you gotta know your microwave well, its power, setting, auto cook, and others. You have to experiment with your microwave, try different recipes and dishes, and get familiar with your new microwave. It takes time and ample dishes for you to completely understand your microwave. Give it time and you will see it become your best kitchen companion.

  • Use water for more moisture

This one is an expert tip wherein you place a wet or moist towel or paper into the microwave with your food to add in some extra moisture. You can raise that a bit by using a glass of water but be careful of superheated water.

  • Arranging foods accordingly

It is always advisable to arrange your food at the edges or shape it like a ring with open space between. This would allow your food to cook evenly. Keeping the bowl full of leftovers on the edge of the turning plate would also ensure even heating.

  • Stir, Turn, rotate, repeat.

When working with a microwave, take in mind to constantly stir, turn, and rotate the food for uniform heating. You can divide this at equal intervals or as you feel comfortable.

  • Thinner the food the better cooking

Microwave finds it tougher to penetrate thicker foods, instead, you can cut it down into pieces and allow the microwave to heat.

Safety of Microwave Oven

There are certain things that you must take care to ensure that you use the microwave safely. Protecting yourself and the environment around you.

  • Using the right cookware

I know this point is stressed a lot and hence it is very important to use microwave-safe utensils and cookware. Look for microwave safe sign.

  • Avoid sharper metal objects

Avoid putting sharper metal objects into the microwave as it would cause a spark and hence a fire or explosion.

  • Avoid sealed foods

Sealed packaged food directly into the microwave will cause it to explode and harm the appliance. Instead, empty the food into a microwave-safe bowl and then microwave it.

  • Superheated water

Avoid heating the water into the microwave for more than two minutes. Above which the water may get superheated and can splatter the walls of the oven, damaging it.

  • Free environment

Make sure you don’t place anything on top of the oven because this is where all the heating takes place, or place it near a hot surface. It would result in microwave overheating and hence damaging.

Cleaning Microwave oven

I have made this a section itself because many do not consider cleaning their microwaves a thing. But if the appliance is dirty with splattered food inside and the dust settled outside, it needs cleaning.

The key to keeping microwaves from dirt and smell is regular maintenance. A gentle wipe after every use works wonders and if not weekly cleaning is essential.

  • With a lemon

Lemon is best for getting rid of smell and bacteria. Take a microwave-safe bowl, squeeze a lemon or lime slice and then start the oven for a minute or until steam forms. Let the steam rest for 2 minutes and then wipe the inside of the oven with a sponge or damp cloth.

  • Vinegar

Repeat the same step as above using a dash of vinegar instead of lemon.

  • Baking Soda

If your microwave oven smells a lot then you can also consider baking soda. Add a teaspoon of baking soda into a microwave-safe bowl containing water and microwave the solution until the steam forms. Clean it using a damp cloth after a while.

For tough stains or grease, make a baking soda paste and apply it to the greasy area. Clean off the paste with a damp cloth.

Cleaning outside is easy with a damp cloth, preferably soaked in soap water or dishwashing liquid.

Summary

Using a microwave is not a complex thing, but it needs your time and patience. Try different recipes with a microwave and find your perfect settings for it. You will learn more about your microwave as you go along. And most important is cleaning, remember to keep the microwave clean and hygienic.

If you have any hacks or tricks then do let me know in the comments.