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There are many reasons to buy a microwave oven. Some people love collecting kitchen appliances, while others actually survive using microwave ovens exclusively.
It is a MUST that you buy a microwave oven if any of the following situations relate to you:
- College student or Office pantry
- Home cooking with kids
- Running a food business
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1. Buy a Microwave for Your College Dorm or Office
If you live in a college dorm or you’re always working late at the office, and you have no cooking equipment, buy a microwave oven. It will save you from eating non-stop junk food and expensive takeout meals.
Here are examples of food you could quickly cook in the microwave oven:
Rice and other grains
Whether you’re craving fried rice or want hearty oatmeal for breakfast, you just have to place them in a microwave-safe bowl, add water and wait for the grains to cook for under 5 minutes.
Cook any egg dish you want
Eggs are such great picker-uppers. If you love eggs, I recommend you master cooking them in your microwave oven. You’d be surprised that even the poached eggs (which are often reserved for chefs) can also be done in the microwave oven.
Bring back old bread to life
You don’t need a toaster or convection oven to reheat bread properly.
With pizza crust and baguettes, a quick run inside the microwave, alongside a small cup of water, would bring crispiness back to them. No more wasted bread ever again!
Melt anything quickly
Because the office or dorm can have very few options for cooking, a microwave oven can be your solution if you want to melt cheese, chocolate, butter, hardened honey, jam, spreads, and other food items.
You don’t have to be stuck eating cup noodles after cup noodles. With some research and preparing, you can even bake cookies, cook meats, and steam veggies for your side dish if you’re up for it.
2. Microwave Ovens are Great for Families
Any home should have a microwave oven, regardless if you’re living alone, with just a life partner, or an entire clan. With a microwave oven at home, you can easily do the following tasks:
Let kids reheat make-ahead meals
If you’re a working parent and prepare meals every weekend, you can let your kids do the reheating by themselves. There’s no direct fire to worry about, unlike on stovetops and traditional ovens, so it’s a win-win!
Make healthier menus for you or your family
Even if you’re busy, you can throw some green beans into the microwave with a small amount of water in a bowl and just let the device steam your vegetables.
You’ll be able to cook any food with less oil, which is good news for anyone trying to cut down on calories.
Make single-serve recipes
Craving for baked goods like cakes, brownies, and cookies, but don’t want to make an entire batch?
Search your preferred recipe with the word “in a mug,” such as “coffee cake in a mug,” and you’ll be discovering a whole world of mug-based recipes.
Reduce waste and leftovers
The world already wastes a whopping 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year, so if you’re worried about this and you feel like your house always has leftovers, it’s time to make it a habit of reheating leftovers and saving food from being thrown away.
If you’re cooking for a big family, the standard-sized microwave oven may not be enough. You can choose a commercial microwave, a larger option best for heavy usage, and large batches of food.
3. A Microwave Could Benefit Your Food Business
You don’t necessarily have to buy a commercial microwave oven if you are running a food business. However, using a microwave oven on day-to-day operations could help in activities like:
Prepping for baking and breadmaking
If your business involves baking or breadmaking, even a standard-sized oven could do wonders for your operations.
You can melt ingredients like butter and chocolate quickly in the microwave. If you’re breadmaking, you can proof your dough in half the time if you let it rise traditionally.
Making your own essential oils and spices from scratch
Restaurants showcase many food items that they create from scratch.
If you want to dehydrate your herbs to make your own spices, then the microwave oven can help you do it in less time. And while you’re at it, you can save the captured oils from these dehydrated plants and use the essential oils for other recipes as well.
Food prep on a larger scale
Need to force bananas to ripen? Make lemons more squeezable? Remove the skin of dozens of garlic quickly? Husk corn on a cob like magic? Roast peanuts?
Your microwave oven can make all these time-consuming tasks a LOT quicker and less hassle to do.
A microwave oven may be older than other kitchen appliances, but it will never be outdated. No matter your situation, whether you cook at home, run a business, eat dinners in the office regularly, or live in a dorm, the microwave oven can be your go-to kitchen gadget whenever you get hungry.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.