MICROWAVE OVEN

Q: What are the types of dishes that can be cooked in microwave?

A:

Rice items – pulao, biryani (all types)

Mutton – curry, fry, masala, kheema

Chicken – tikka, stew curry, fry, tandoori

Fish & other sea food – curry, steak, tandoori.

All types of vegetables and dals.

Sweets – halwa, burfi, kheer, payasam.

Snacks – patties, omelets, uppma, poha, pizza & rolls.

Continental – lamb stew, mushroom soup, pudding custard etc.

Cakes.

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Q: What is the time taken to cook on a microwave?

A:

Microwave cooking is much faster than conventional cooking. For 4 servings i.e. (250-300 gms) see the table below.

Type Time taken to cook
Rice 15 - 20 mts.
Vegetables 7 - 15 mts.
Dal Items 25 - 35 mts.
Continental 3 - 25 mts. ( depending on the dish )
Sweets 15 - 30 mts.
Chicken / Mutton dishes 15 - 35 mts.
Fish Items 7 - 15 mts.

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Q: What type of dishes can be used in a Microwave oven?

A: One can use Ceramic, Chinaware, Porcelain, Borosilicate, Glass and Thermoplastic wares. These dishes should not have any metal trimmings or decoration. The above consumptions are at maximum Microwave power levels, the electricity consumption decreases correspondingly with lower power levels. Like any other appliance, it is necessary to safeguard your appliances against wide voltage fluctuations. Use a stabilizer of 1.5 KV and above. In case of Microwaves this will also ensure perfect cooking time. These stabilizers are available at IFB Service.

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Q: If one has a gas stove at home, why should he/she go for a microwave oven?

A: Microwave cooking is much faster than conventional cooking. On an average it is 2 to 3 times faster. Microwave cooking enhances the flavour of food because it cooks quickly with little or no water and thus preserves the natural colour of vegetables and fruits as well as the nutrients. Unlike cooking on a gas stove, food does not burn or spill over. There is no smoke and unpleasant odour, thus keeping the kitchen clean and tidy.

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Q: How is microwave reheating different?

A: Left over food can be reheated quickly without losing its original flavour or taste, thus maintaining its freshness. Food that is cold and tasteless can be made hot and tasty in minutes.

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Q: What is not possible in a microwave oven?

A:It's not possible to make chapattis or tandoori rotis in a microwave oven. A microwave oven cannot be used to make soft or boiled eggs. Deep frying necessary for making puris, vadas, pakodas and jalebis is also not possible.

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DISH WASHER

Q: How much detergent should I use in my dishwasher?

A: For starters, check the directions on the detergent label for the recommended amount. You can also refer to the dishwasher's User Manual. Here's an additional tip: If you have hard water, you may need to use a little more detergent to get the best "clean" . . . and if your water is soft, do the opposite and try using a little less detergent.

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Q: Should I use a powder, gel or tablet automatic dishwasher detergent?

A: Yes, yes or yes! All three of these are up to the job - so the choice is up to you.

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Q: Can I use liquid hand dishwashing detergent in my dishwasher?

A: No! Not only would this mean soapy suds all over your floor . . . but there's also a technical reason why this doesn't work. The suds created by a hand dishwashing detergent interfere with the mechanical action of the dishwasher - they "smother" the water action that's necessary for effective cleaning. So leave hand dishwashing liquid at sink-side!

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Q: What's a rinse agent . . . and do I need one?

A: A rinse agent is an additive that makes water "wetter" - meaning that the water sheets off dishes more readily and rinses away residue. That translates into fewer water spots - making a rinse agent especially helpful if you have mineral-rich hard water. And as an added bonus, rinse agents also help dishes dry more quickly.

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Q: Can I use automatic dishwasher detergent to presoak my dishes?

A: Normally, you simply scrape food particles from dishes before loading them in the dishwasher, making presoaking unnecessary. But if you're dealing with dried-on, baked-on food or grease, try presoaking in a hand dishwashing detergent and water solution. Check the label on your automatic dishwasher detergent. Some of them are appropriate for presoaking, too.

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Q: Can I use automatic dishwasher detergent to wash other things - like sinks, windows, floors, or clothing?

A: Simply put: no. While some household cleaning products are multi-purpose, automatic dishwasher detergent is formulated specifically for use in a dishwasher. In fact, it could damage other surfaces - so use it only as intended!

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Q: Is automatic dishwasher detergent safe to use around children?

A: Yes, automatic dishwasher detergent is safe when used and stored according to the directions on the label. But because accidents can happen, it's important to keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion

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Q: How do I load the dishwasher?

A: "Let me count the ways!" Seriously, every dishwasher is designed differently, so the best approach is to check the manual that came with your machine. To get you started, here are some general guidelines . . .
- Place the dirtiest side of the item facing the source of the water spray.
- Don't let large items cover small items, like cups or upside-down flatware.
- Avoid stacking items together - if they are too tight, water can't get to them.
- Place sharp items with points down (safety first!)
- Make sure delicate items are firmly secured on the rack to avoid toppling.

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Q: What temperature should the water in my dishwasher be?

A: In a word: hot! In fact, most newer dishwashers heat the water right in the tub, using a "heat booster." Does your dishwasher have one? Check your User's Manual to find out! If not, run the hot water at the sink for a few minutes before starting the dishwasher, to make sure there is hot water filling the dishwasher.

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