The words microwave, oven and microwave oven are often used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. Microwave and microwave oven do mean the same thing, and may be used interchangeably, but the word oven refers to a completely different appliance. And that’s precisely where we are going to begin our journey of important facts, by differentiating between the two.
Differences between a microwave and an oven
Fact number 1 – What technology does a microwave use to heat food?
Microwaves heat food using electromagnetic radiation. The waves thus created cause the atoms in the food to vibrate and thereby heat. This is indeed where the biggest difference between microwaves and ovens lies. The method of heating food is also behind the movement away from microwaves; some people feel like the radiation used releases toxins and robs the food of essential nutrients.
Fact number 2 – You can also cook in a microwave
If you have actually attempted to cook the same item on a stove-top, oven and microwave, you will notice that the microwave turns out the most watery, least vibrantly coloured, and least tasty version of the food item. Having said that, scaling up one’s budget marginally bridges this difference between microwave and oven. Convection microwaves allow users to cook a wide variety of items in their microwaves. Usually, there will be a book that tells you how to fiddle around with the controls in order to cook a certain item on the list.
After that, users can experiment with food items with similar textures. For example, if you’ve cooked a chicken lemon kebab as per the convection instructions, it will not be difficult to use slightly different ingredients, but the same heat settings turn out a chicken malai kebab.
Fact number 3 – What technology does an oven use to heat food?
Ovens, on the other hand, use a heat source to heat up the entire interior of an oven, and that heat is then used to cook the food. Ovens may use an electric source or a wood source; the big ovens you see at pizza places are wood fired ovens.
Fact number 4 – A tandoor is essentially an oven, and hence, the common consensus that tandoori items are healthier than fried or stir fried items.
Fact number 5 – Microwaves appeal to convenience-seekers
This is because microwaves are quick workers. You do not need to preheat a microwave as is the case with ovens. You just need to stick the plate or the dish of food inside it, and viola, in a minute — or at best a few minutes — you’re ready to eat.
Microwaves are child-friendly, and are overall easier to use. It is no rocket science to figure out the heating settings in a microwave. One needs to do simple things like press de-frost, or press 1 minute.
Fact number 6 – Ovens appeal to foodies and perfectionists
Ovens justify their higher cost with their ability to perform a fairly large variety of tasks. For example, you might find it difficult to get that lovely chargrilled effect with food cooked in a microwave. You can choose specific temperatures to heat different meat, or to meet the heat requirements that go into turning out various baked goodies, or even different vegetables. Not to mention that baking cakes and cookies in a microwave, with the from-scratch ingredients, not Oreos, puts your baked goodies at risk of curdling instead of baking.
Fact number 7 – Microwaves are typically cheaper than ovens
Get yourself a convection oven that helps you overcome differences between a microwave and an oven. Or if you’re bitten by the MasterChef bug, then buy both without batting an eyelid. All you need to do is use the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card which will allow you to pay for your appliances in easy EMIs.