What would you do without the humble microwave in your kitchen? An often unappreciated little appliance that heats and cooks your food – by exposing it to microwave radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum which induces polar molecules in the food to rotate and produce thermal energy in a process known as dielectric heating. To simplify; you put cold or frozen food in, and get (hopefully) warmed and heated through food out.
We have all ,at one time or another, tried to cook food using the humble microwave oven, often unsuccessfully! The reason our microwave meals are prone to failure are mainly due to the magnetron (not a name for a super villain!), an element that cooks the food in most microwaves. This element, however, can only deliver maximum power which results in food cooking on the outside but still being raw on the inside. This power imbalance is also wasteful as it tends to use up a lot more electrical energy.
Traditional microwaves also deliver 100% power in cycles, which is also not really effective – by having full power and less power the food usually doesn’t get heated through properly.
There are actually a few health risks associated with uneven heating – food poisoning chief among them!
While conventional microwaves can only operate at two energy levels, full on or off. Panasonic’s InverterTechnology™ can deliver gradual power sequences continuously, with the end result being microwaves that heat your food evenly and use less electricity while doing so!
“Our studies have shown that the cooking power and performance of a Panasonic Inverter® Microwave oven produces significantly higher nutrient levels in certain foods when compared to other cooking methods such as boiling and steaming,” says Judy Huang, Marketer at Panasonic SA.
“We try to put consumers at the centre of our product development. Something that will help consumers save time, money and the environment. Panasonic Inverter® microwaves achieve maximum cooking results in minimum time, while contributing to preserving the nutritional value of many foods.” she added.
To find out more about the Panasonic Inverter® microwave range please visit the Panasonic website or go to your nearest Tafelberg Furnishers store.
Here are a few quick microwave meals you can make in your Inverter™ powered microwave.
Microwave Poached Eggs – 5 min meal
This is the best way to prepare poached eggs for 2. It is quick, easy and almost foolproof. Please make sure you use a toothpick to pierce the yolk before cooking or it will explode!
1 large egg
1⁄8 teaspoon white vinegar
1⁄3 cup water
salt and pepper
Add the water and white vinegar to a 6 ounce custard cup.
Break egg into cup, pierce egg yolk with toothpick, and cover dish loosely with plastic wrap.
Place in microwave and cook for 1 minute or until desired doneness.
You may need to experiment with cooking times based on the wattage of your microwave and taste preference.
Immediately remove egg from hot water with a slotted spoon as it will continue to cook.
Serve with salt and pepper to taste.
Microwaved Fish Fillet – 15min meal
Fresh fish dish!
4 tilapia fillets or 4 sole fillets
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce
1⁄3 cup scallion, thinly sliced
3⁄4 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
Place fish in a casserole dish and pour wine mixed with teriyaki sauce. Sprinkle with scallions and herbs.
Cover loosely and cook for about 9 minutes or until fillets flake
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