In 1967 a revolutionary invention made its way into households everywhere. This new way of cooking was called the microwave. The microwave made it possible for busy moms to prepare meals much quicker reducing the time required to be in the kitchen to a fraction of what it was. The microwave was king in the kitchen for decades and over that time we slowly discovered the drawbacks to microwaving food.
As the microwave was the revolutionary new idea in the 60s, infrared cooking is the cooking method of the future. We will examine the differences and similarities between these two cooking methods.
The amount of time that is spent in a kitchen for the average home cook can be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. The traditional oven is slow to heat and is a slow cooking process. Both a microwave oven and an infrared oven greatly decreases the amount of time required to cook fresh meals in the kitchen.
Radiation is a danger that many people fear because of the way both devices cook food. Certain levels of radiation can be seen with the naked eye. A microwaves radiation is long wave lengths and not visible with the naked eye. Most of the radiation is contained while the microwave is operating. A very small amount of radiation may escape from the microwave, but it is of little concern due to the fact that there is a small degree of radiation around us at all times.
With infrared technology many people have the same safety concerns, but like the microwave there is little to worry about. The amount of radiation given off is very little and the small amount that is given off can be shielded with specialized screens sold by the manufacturer. These screens will block the remnant of radiation coming from the device so it is even safer.
Quality of Infrared Cooking
As microwaves were revolutionary in cooking food fast, it was not revolutionary in browning or making food look appetizing. There are special products that can be purchased to help with browning of food, but they are expensive and do not really do the job. The other problem with microwave cooking is that the water is essentially boiled from the food leaving it with a very rubbery texture.
Infrared technology, however, is a much more attractive cooking method due to the fact that browning food is possible. The food is also heated in such a way that it is not rubbery. Cooking meals using infrared technology is as fast as a microwave oven with the cooking quality of a conventional oven.
Retaining nutrients while cooking food is essential. Microwaves fall short in this respect. The nutrients are essentially zapped out of the food during the cooking process. Even small amounts of time spent in a microwave can greatly diminish natural nutrients in most all food.
Infrared technology retains the nutrients within the food. The cooking method is designed to lock in the flavor, as well as, the nutrients. So, infrared cooking ovens are great for busy people who may not get the nutrition their bodies need.
A microwave is a relatively bulky and hard to clean under. Also, the food tends to boil out of the container while cooking is in progress. This creates a considerable mess inside the unit. Where many kitchen appliances are dishwasher safe and easily sanitized, a microwave has to be scrubbed clean and is rarely able to be fully sanitized.
An infrared oven, on the other hand, is very easily cleaned. They often come with removable dishwasher safe parts and are a snap to clean. Food is also, generally, not boiled out of the food onto the cooking surface. These ovens tend to be portable in size so dirt does not build up underneath the oven.
As stated earlier, microwaves are bulky and are more expensive to manufacture than an infrared oven. Infrared ovens are made in a way that is lighter and uses fewer materials. Infrared ovens are also cheaper to run than a microwave. Microwave technology has not been changed over the last few decades so the drain on electricity is, essentially, what it was when the device was when the device hit the mainstream marketplace.
Infrared technology is, relatively, new to the market. People have become comfortable with microwaves being in their homes and see little use for upgrading to a better form of cooking. The information given here more than justifies the need for an upgrade to infrared technology. Upgrading to infrared ovens will reduce energy cost while still giving the cook less time in the kitchen. The food quality is the same or even better than with a standard oven. Food retains nutrients and tastes great. It has been proven that the less cooking time fresh products have to endure, the healthier they are. The benefits of using an infrared oven far outweigh that of a microwave. Embrace this new technology. Your family and your waistline will thank you for it.