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All About Convection Microwaves

Hamilton Beach convection ovenAppliances make kitchen preparation easier and more efficient; however, the options are vast and could be overwhelming.  Let’s break it down:

Microwave: heats food molecules by microwave radiation.  Food is heated quickly but a traditional microwave does not bake or brown meat.

Oven: is fueled by electricity or gas and heats from the bottom to roast or bake foods.  Additionally, it will heat from the top to broil.  The disadvantage is that heat is not uniformed.

Convection Oven: circulates heated air and results in a more even bake.

Convection Microwave Oven: is a combination of a microwave and a convection oven which means that you get a quick even cook that allows for a browning and baking option.

Microwaves are a staple for most households, but the microwave options available are numerous, such as: size, power, and special features – but have you considered a convection (also referred to as “combination”) microwave?

Below are some benefits of a convection microwave

  1. Energy saver – heating a full size oven takes up a lot of energy and money; however, a convection microwave used the power of an oven but the energy of a microwave.  This ultimately means you will get a delicious oven cooked meal up to 3x faster than a traditional oven – saving money and time.
  2. Quality flavor – Unlike traditional microwaves, when you are cooking with a convection microwave food is cooked from the inside out resulting in a meal that is moist and full of flavor whether you are roasting, baking, broiling, or steaming foods.
  3. Versatile – A convection microwave can bake, brown, roast, broil, steam, and defrost.  It is one of the only appliances you may need in your kitchen.
  4. Convenient – A convection microwave cooks fast and effectively at high temperatures.

  5. Perfect for small families as it can accommodate a small roast or a large pizza.  Some models have two shelves for more convenience.
  6. Great for RV – as they are smaller than conventional ovens and easily fit into small spaces.  While traveling, you can confidently prepare healthy and delicious meals for your family.

The benefits certainly out the negatives which basically are the fact that they are usually more expensive than a traditional microwave – but remember you are essentially getting two appliances in one.

Frigidaire convection microwave

Some important features to look for in a convection microwave include:

  1. Visibility.  A large viewing window helps you keep an eye on food as it cooks.
  2. Ease of Use.   Controls should be easily accessible and not complicated to understand.  You should not have to refer to the manual for every use.
  3. Easy to clean.  Look for smooth clean surface that are easy to clean.
  4. Automated functions.  This function allows you to enter the type of food and then it will automatically calculate the time required to cook a perfect meal.
  5. Time adjust.  This function allows you adjust the programmed time without interrupting the cooking process.
  6. Delayed start.  This function allows you to set a time to start cooking.  Keep in mind that you don’t want to leave uncooked food unattended for too long or it will spoil.
  7. Multi-stage cooking.  This feature performs a sequence of tasks such as defrosting and then cooking.
  8. Kitchen timer.  This feature is great for all types of functions such as timing the boiling of a perfectly cooked egg.
  9. Child safety locking is a feature that is on most convection microwave models.

There are built-in models and freestanding models available:

Built-in models are to be installed by a qualified professional electrician, as is repairing a convection microwave. This model is ideal for kitchens that are on the smaller size, as it will not take up valuable counter space. Additionally, keep in mind that a rear wall should not be behind these ovens as air flow will be reduced and ventilation will be restricted.

Freestanding models of convection microwave should not be placed near conventional ovens and it is not advised to place any type of heavy items on top of the unit.

Regardless of the model you choose, every convection microwave should have 10cm (about 4 inches) clear space on all sides and 15 cm (about 6 inches) clearance at the rear and top for best ventilation.…

3 Of The Most Popular Appliances For Your Kitchen

The kitchen is often dubbed the heart of the home, but no kitchen is complete without the right household appliances to make your life easier. Some appliances are nice to have, but others are a necessity for daily life. Below, we will share with you the top three most popular kitchen appliances!

1. Dishwashers

dishwasher

No one like to stand around and wash dishes by hand, which is why a dishwasher can really make cleaning up after your family a breeze. These appliances can be found in different colors such as stainless steel, white, and black. You have mane price points to consider as well as features such as adjustable wash settings and racks for all of your utensils. The most popular brands are Bosch, LG, Maytag, and Whirlpool.

2. Refrigerators

refrigerator

Your refrigerator is responsible for keeping all of your perishables fresh, and of course, giving everyone easy access to their foodstuffs. Most modern fridges are french door styled with additional freezer space beneath the doors, but more affordable options still include the traditional stacked design. Kenmore, Maytag, and LG are responsible for producing some of the highest quality refrigerators to date.

3. Ranges

range

Standalone ovens aren’t as popular as ranges as the require a larger upfront investment. You can choose from electric and gas ranges to help cook for your family. Most households choose stainless steel ranges as they look sleek and modern while delivering great value. Among the top brands you will find Frigidaire, Whirlpool, GE, and Samsung.

Appliance Repair

The major brands of appliances are made well and tend to be reliable. It’s inevitable that eventually any one of your appliances will stop working properly. When this happens, what are you to do? Be prepared! Be sure you have the number for your local appliance repair company handy just in case. They will know what to do. They are not all the same though. So be sure you ask a lot of questions. This is one good company who helped us with our appliances: Best Appliance Repair Fort Wayne 2001 S Calhoun St#100, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 (260) 888-3118 www.bestappliancerepairfortwayne.com

The average home’s kitchen— no matter how basic or opulent— contains at least the above three appliances. When shopping for a fridge, range or dishwasher, make sure that your choice is energy efficient to save you money on your energy costs. Going with a top-rated brand can ensure years of faithful service.…