Microwave 101

Buying a microwave?

Living a busy life? Redecorating your kitchen? Or trying to find a better eating experience? Microwave is your answer! Most of people could be a bit uncertain about its benefits and maintenance : Is it worthy? How many types of microwave that I should know about? How to care for it? Worry no more, in this post, Klik Tukang will tell you everything you need to know about microwave!

Microwave, Toaster and Oven : Which one that I need?

To simply put : microwave cooks food from the inside, meanwhile, toaster and oven cooks food from the outside. Oven works well in stimulating certain chemistry reaction like baking pizza, bread and pastries. It’s also good for caramelizing/browning sugar. Microwave uses certain radio waves which aim to heat particular types of molecules in food, such as fat, water and bone. This is the very reason why you should make/re-heating stew in the microwave and grilling/re-heating chicken in the oven.

The Types of Microwave : Varied by Size, Power and Function

Microwave by Size : compact (0,9 cubic feet or less), mid-size (1,0 – 1,4 cubic feet) and full-size (1,5 cubic feet or more). Bear in mind that this is not a general standard–not all microwaves is cube-shaped, there is also tall, narrow and broad microwaves.

Microwave by Power : The compact one ranges between 600 to 800 watts. Mid-size and the large one ranges between 900 to 1650 watts.

Microwave by Function : Solo microwave is best for reheating and simple cooking. Grill microwave is for reheat and grill. Convection microwave is best for reheat, grill and bake.

How to Keep Your Microwave Clean

Food and hygiene are inseparable–we all know how important it is. Fun fact, your kitchen (and all the appliances on it) considered as ‘the dear home’ of a certain bacterias : E.Coli and Salmonella (source). So next time you see that splatter of sauces, trace of unidentified crumbs, or probably a cup of instant noodle that you forgot to remove from the microwave for three days in a row (because you are so busy or simply a forgetful person), you probably want to keep in mind to clean it as soon as you can.

Here’s how to keep your microwave clean / preventing it from getting stained (don’t forget to consult with the manual specific care instruction) :

  • Cover your food with microwavable container or other microwavable items like lid, ceramic plate, or papel tower when using microwave
  • Make sure the covered container allow steams to escape, so there’s no steams explosion that could stain your microwave
  • Avoid putting metal, woods or certain plastic type into a microwave (also read : Know Your Safe Plastic Numbers)
  • Clean up any splatter, spills, crumbs rightaway to avoid ill-rotted smell

How to clean your microwave

And here’s a method that you could try in order to clean your microwave (don’t forget to consult with the manual specific clean instruction) :

  1. Fill a microwavable bowl with a water halfway. There will be some boiling and splash of water, so this is important to keep your microwave safe during the cleaning process
  2. Slice a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the water or you could just add two tablespoons of baking soda into it
  3. Put the bowl in the microwave and set it high for 2-5 minutes or until boiling and producing some steams
  4. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes or so. Keep the door shut, because we want to keep the steams inside in order to clean and disinfect all the stains and germs.
  5. Prepare your own safety. You could use your rubber or any isolator-material slippers, unplug your microwave, anything that could prevent you from getting electrocuted–just in case.
  6. Remove the bowl and carefully use warm, damp, sponge/microwavable table cloth to wipe the insides and the door of the microwave.

How to fix your broken microwave

Leave it to the expert! Check your microwave’s warranty (if it’s still valid) and or contact your microwave brand’s repair service. You could also search for the nearest handyman around town, but if you prefer to do it in a more secure, cost-effective and simplest way, you could use Klik Tukang : a mobile application that connects you with the best repair service.

Klik Tukang provides varied repair/install/maintenance services for AC, pipe, lock, electrical, microwave, refrigerator and other appliances. Our tukang/handymen are periodically verified and trained to give you their best skill and service. What are you waiting for? Klik Tukang : search for Tukang in just a few kliks!

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