Built-in Microwaves: Cooking Perks and Tips

MICROWAVEPicking a built-in Microwave gives you the advantage of customizing the layout of your kitchen by placing the equipment according to your requirements. Especially if your microwave usage is minimal, reheating or making popcorn, you want it stocked away from your primary working area. If you plan to cook elaborate meals in the microwave, it is essential it is not far out of reach. Installing a built-in microwave has many perks above the counter top / portable microwave.

 Cooking Perks: More space on the Kitchen Top: Kitchen counter space is extremely crucial in an Indian kitchen as our recipes call for many steps for prepping before and in between.

Custom Fit for your height and arm length: If you are a homeowner, you want your kitchen customized to your preferences and requirements as well as match your design and aesthetic appeal.

 Advanced and Sophisticated Technology: Microwave oven technology has advanced through the ages, and built-in’s come with more advanced features.

 Cooking Hacks and Tips

Microwaves have been around for some time and have evolved from gadgets for merely reheating food to preparing full meals in half the time. Exploring the capability of this handy equipment can be quite fun and quirky.

 Restore Crunchiness

We all tend to leave our chips and crackers open overnight. One of the most annoying things to happen is a half-open lid because sealed boxes can be tricky like that. No need to fret about soggy chips or fried goodies that have lost their crunchy charm just reheat them in a microwave without overcrowding or stacking them on top of each other. Put in the chips together with paper towels and the moisture will be sucked by the sheets. Even brief heating can restore the crispiness with ease.

Restore Aroma

Our spices and dry fruits come with their unique aromas that fade over time. They say that half of the taste and experience of food is in its smell. Heat spices and dry-fruits that have lost their characteristic scent in the microwave for 15 seconds at full power and witness their revival.

 Rehydration: Stale bread or dried-out-rice can be rehydrated in the microwave.

For Bread: Stale bread can be rehydrated inside the microwave by wrapping the bread slices with a damp kitchen towel. Place both inside the microwave for 10 seconds of high power heat, and you should get results. If not, do the same procedures for another 10 seconds until you reach the desired softness

 For Rice: Place rice in a big bowl, leave enough space for a small bowl filled with water. Cover the big container with a lid and heat on full power for one whole minute and 10-15 seconds if necessary.

 

Baking with a Cooking Range

Elica IndiaBaking is the most delicious combination of Art and Science. The artistic sensibilities vary person to person, according to their aesthetic values. However, there has been a dedicated and ongoing effort of mastering the science of baking and baking equipment.

Equipment for baking has evolved over the ages and has been customised for the home baker as much as it has been for industrial baking. It is quite difficult to imagine all the baking enthusiasts installing a wood-fired oven in their flats and houses, that is where the ovens made for domestic use step in.

 A range is a free-standing kitchen appliance with a  cooktop  (hob) on the top and an oven underneath. Most recipes for baking are written to be used in an oven, so for cooking times and temperatures, you should directly go back to the recipe temperature and time for a guide. If the recipe is not available, then you will need to do some trial and error. An oven will give you much better cakes; you just need to get used to how your oven cooks.

 Baking in the oven vs Cooktop

 Having said that an oven would give you better cakes, chefs have experimented with baking recipes for cooktops as well. You can find a plethora of alternative methods for baking cakes on the cooktop as you bake in the oven. You have a combination of two culinary types of equipment in one set up at your disposal.

 You would ask if I have an oven why I would need to bake on a cook-top?

There can be a few reasons, but the top three reasons that linger at the top of my head are:

Baking a variety of dishes on a more substantial number of the same, which means you need more capacity. So you can utilise the cooktop as well as the oven for baking and split the dishes according to cooking time, ingredient, and cooktop vs oven preferences.

 For eg.: Pan pizza no oven no yeast

Making a pizza without an oven on a cooktop and in a pan can be quick, simple and hassle-free. There is a simple hack to make a pizza this way:

Avoid adding yeast to the dough:

Though it can be created with yeast dough, excluding it will give you better results. This can be good if you are allergic to yeast or are trying to avoid eating yeast for other health reasons.

b. Yeast Substitutes: Yoghurt and Soda, or, Egg

c. Cook the base first:

Preheat the pan, then cook the rolled out dough from both the sides.

Feeding your curiosity of baking on a cooktop.

Over the years we have come across many of strange and unusual cooking techniques on the internet. Some of these methods are born out of necessity, while others are the result of experimentation which seems too adventurous to attempt. However, using a cooktop for baking has always intrigued me.

Baking a cake on a cooktop:

There are a couple of things to make sure if you are planning to try out your first cooktop cake. First, make sure that the lid of the pot you are going to use fits correctly for an even temperature. Second, preheating your stovetop pot is a must. Just like preheating an oven before baking, turn the heat on high over your covered pot for 5 minutes.

Some recipes require both cook-top and oven to get a perfect result. Bakes and pies need both cooktops and ovens.A vegetable pasta bake will require the use of a cooktop for boiling pasta and veggies, making the sauce and stirring all the three together. Meanwhile, the oven is being pre-heated and getting ready for the set baking dish topped with cheese to go in.

Some recipes may require the fillings for quiche and pies to be cooked before they go in the oven along with the crust.

 

Baking is the most delicious combination of Art and Science. The artistic sensibilities vary person to person, according to their aesthetic values. However, there has been a dedicated and ongoing effort of mastering the science of baking and baking equipment.

 

Equipment for baking has evolved over the ages and has been customised for the home baker as much as it has been for industrial baking. It is quite difficult to imagine all the baking enthusiasts installing a wood-fired oven in their flats and houses, that is where the ovens made for domestic use step in.

A range is a free-standing kitchen appliance with a cooktop (hob) on the top and an oven underneath. Most recipes for baking are written to be used in an oven, so for cooking times and temperatures, you should directly go back to the recipe temperature and time for a guide. If the recipe is not available, then you will need to do some trial and error. An oven will give you much better cakes; you just need to get used to how your oven cooks.

Baking in the oven vs Cooktop

Having said that an oven would give you better cakes, chefs have experimented with baking recipes for cooktops as well. You can find a plethora of alternative methods for baking cakes on the cooktop as you bake in the oven. You have a combination of two culinary types of equipment in one set up at your disposal.

You would ask if I have an oven why I would need to bake on a cook-top?

There can be a few reasons, but the top three reasons that linger at the top of my head are:

Baking a variety of dishes on a more substantial number of the same, which means you need more capacity. So you can utilise the cooktop as well as the oven for baking and split the dishes according to cooking time, ingredient, and cooktop vs oven preferences.

 For eg.: Pan pizza no oven no yeast

Making a pizza without an oven on a cooktop and in a pan can be quick, simple and hassle-free. There is a simple hack to make a pizza this way:

Avoid adding yeast to the dough:

Though it can be created with yeast dough, excluding it will give you better results. This can be good if you are allergic to yeast or are trying to avoid eating yeast for other health reasons.

b. Yeast Substitutes:

Yoghurt and Soda, or,

Egg

c. Cook the base first:

Preheat the pan, then cook the rolled out dough from both the sides.

Feeding your curiosity of baking on a cooktop.

Over the years we have come across many of strange and unusual cooking techniques on the internet. Some of these methods are born out of necessity, while others are the result of experimentation which seems too adventurous to attempt. However, using a cooktop for baking has always intrigued me.

 

Baking a cake on a cooktop:

There are a couple of things to make sure if you are planning to try out your first cooktop cake. First, make sure that the lid of the pot you are going to use fits correctly for an even temperature. Second, preheating your stovetop pot is a must. Just like preheating an oven before baking, turn the heat on high over your covered pot for 5 minutes.

Some recipes require both cook-top and oven to get a perfect result. Bakes and pies need both cooktops and ovens.

A vegetable pasta bake will require the use of a cooktop for boiling pasta and veggies, making the sauce and stirring all the three together. Meanwhile, the oven is being pre-heated and getting ready for the set baking dish topped with cheese to go in.

Some recipes may require the fillings for quiche and pies to be cooked before they go in the oven along with the crust.