The kitchen gadgets keep mounting up, fighting for space on the countertop. Which do I use the most, which is the most versatile? Can I do without one?
The Microwave Pros and Cons
The microwave has been around since its invention shortly after the second world war and cooks by producing the short wavelength radio waves , which were found to make the molecules of high water content of the food vibrate faster and therefore heat up. It is very successful and quick in most cases, in fact a whole industry of pre packed foods and complete meals has grown up aimed at the microwave owning family.
It is however limited. Although it will cook a chicken adequately, visually you wouldn’t want to eat it! It doesn’t brown the food or crisp it at all, making bacon, sausage, chicken look uncooked. Sausage in particular can be a problem, if you overcook even slightly, it turns into an inedible rubber tube!