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Monday, 14 July 2008

Bosch Microwaves

Microwave ovens have been readily available since around the 1950s and are generally used for time efficiency in both industrial applications such as restaurants and at home, rather than for cooking quality. Although some modern recipes using microwave ovens rival recipes using traditional ovens and stoves, professional chefs as well as domestic cooks generally find microwave ovens to be of limited usefulness because browning and caramelization cannot occur due to the limited temperature range. However, a benefit of microwaves is that people who want fast cooking times can use microwaves to prepare food or to reheat stored food or specially prepared frozen ready meals in only a few minutes. Popcorn is a particularly popular microwave food.
There have been concerns over whether microwave ovens are safe to use and whether the vitamins and nutrients in certain foods are diminished by cooking them in a microwave, but studies have shown that foods such as Spinach retain nearly all its folate when cooked in a microwave, but loses about 77 per cent when boiled on a stove. More than that, bacon cooked by microwave has been found to contain significantly lower levels of cancer causing nitrosamines than conventionally cooked bacon.
For the busy lifestyle, microwaves mean that healthy food can be served up quickly and conveniently. Some Bosch microwaves have Innowave technology, which allow for a 35% bigger interior than usual and improved performance. Bosch microwaves have improved markedly over the last few years and provide five cooking functions to choose from and a wire shelf which now has a 49% larger surface than previous Bosch microwaves. This particular oven can be installed straight into a 60cm wide unit and does not have a trim so it can fit into cosier spaces.
There are six Bosch microwaves to choose from. Amongst them are freestanding microwaves, freestanding microwaves with integral grills and a built in microwave oven. The built in microwave oven has a 27 litre capacity, has five power levels, has a maximum power level of 1000 W and comes in black. This Bosch microwave includes Innowave technology, which allows for a larger oven capacity, improved performance and lower power consumption. As well as the basic functions, this model also has weight automatic programmes for cooking and defrosting. And there are two recipe memory settings and a grey glass door finish.
One of the two freestanding microwaves with integral 1000 W quartz grill has a 17 litre capacity and three microwave/ grill combination programmes. It also has a recipe memory function that enables the user to store recipe instructions and then press the memo button to repeat the sequence at any time.
The freestanding option of Bosch microwave is available in black, white and brushed steel. It has a 17 litre capacity and five power levels: 90 / 180 / 360 / 600 / 800 W. The freestanding microwave is convenient in that it can be installed directly under a kitchen wall cabinet so that worktop space can be preserved and the microwave itself can be accessed conveniently.

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