What is microwave cooking?

A microwave oven (also commonly referred to as a microwave) is an electric oven that heats and cook’s food by exposing it to electromagnetic radiation in the microwave frequency range.

This induces polar molecules in the food to rotate and produce thermal energy in a process known as dielectric heating. Microwaves are reflected, transmitted or absorbed by materials in their path, in a similar manner to light. Metallic materials totally reflect microwaves while non-metallic materials such as glass and some plastics are mostly transparent to microwaves. The microwave provides heat to the center of the food, but do not try to do all the cooking with the microwave.

Does microwaving kill bacteria?

Fact: Microwaves don't kill bacteria – microwaves generate heat that kills bacteria in foods. Microwave ovens are great time-savers and will kill bacteria when foods are heated to a safe internal temperature. But microwaved foods can cook unevenly because of irregular shapes or variations in thickness. Cover foods with a lid or a microwave-safe plastic wrap to hold in moisture and provide safe, even heating. ... After reheating foods in the microwave oven, allow standing time. Then, use a clean food thermometer to check that food has reached 165 °F

Can ants survive a microwave?

Ants contain too little water for them to be affected by the microwave. ... That is why we always have a turntable within microwave ovens in order to make sure that all parts of a meal are heated. Ants being relatively small can easily be positioned between these waves, and in the process remain entirely unharmed

Another peculiarity of microwave cooking relates to the thermal response of specific foods. Certain items with non-porous surfaces (e.g. hotdogs) or composed of materials that heat at different rates (e.g. yolk and white of eggs) heat unevenly and may explode. This can happen if eggs or chestnuts are cooked in their shells

Food safety:

Food safety is an important health issue. In a microwave oven, the rate of heating depends on the power rating of the oven and on the water content, density and amount of food being heated. Microwave energy does not penetrate well in thicker pieces of food and may produce uneven cooking. This can lead to a health risk if parts of the food are not heated sufficiently to kill potentially dangerous micro-organisms.

Because of the potential for uneven distribution of cooking, food heated in a microwave oven should rest for several minutes after cooking is completed to allow the heat to distribute throughout the food.

Food cooked in a microwave oven is as safe, and has the same nutrient value, as food cooked in a conventional oven.

The main difference between these two methods of cooking is that microwave energy penetrates deeper into the food and reduces the time for heat to be conducted throughout the food, thus reducing the overall cooking time

Users should check that the door closes properly and that the safety interlock devices, fitted to the door to prevent microwaves from being generated while it is open, work correctly. The door seals should be kept clean and there should be no visible signs of damage to the seals or the outer casing of the oven. If any faults are found or parts of the oven are damaged, it should not be used until it has been repaired by an appropriately qualified service engineer.


TURBOCHEF Tornado 2 Oven

The TurboChef Tornado high-speed oven is as fast as the name suggests.

By using a combination of microwave, radiant and convection cooking, the Tornado can cook up to twelve times faster than conventional ovens, meaning faster moving queues and improved output. The Tornado is also highly efficient, helping you to reduce your running costs too. With up to 128 menu items, there's plenty of flexibility for any menu, so, whether you're cooking toasted sandwiches, burritos, pizza or fish, the Tornado is an excellent choice. Fitted with vent-free technology to remove the need for overhead extraction.

Product features

• Capacity 29.9Ltr

• Dimensions 584(H) x 660(W) x 716(D)mm

• Dimensions - cooking area Internal dimensions: 203(H)x 394(W)x 373(D).

• Dimensions - internal 203(H) x 394(W) x 373(D)mm

• Material Steel & Aluminium

• Power Type 3.5kW, 20A

• Supplier Model Number NGC-1280-1K

• Temperature Range 230°C to 280°C

• Voltage 400V

• Warranty 1 Year

• Weight 86kg

• Colour Stainless Steel

• Cooks up to twelve times faster than traditional ovens

• Programmable with up to 128 menu items via smart card

• Intuitive digital control panel

• Vent-free technology removes the need for overhead extraction

• Easy-clean construction

• Highly efficient fast combination cooking reduces queues and running costs

• Generously-sized 29.9Ltr cavity with a small footprint

• Stackable - double output with the same footprint

• Quick 15-minute pre-heat time

• Timer range: 1s to 29mins 59s

• Self-diagnostics

• Manual snooze


What  materials not to be used

The following products are not suggested for use in the Tornado oven.

• Metal pans • Metal foil

• Plastic wrap

• Wax paper

• Non-toughened glass

• Wood containers (skewers ok)

• Non-oven able plastics

• Cutlery

• Temperature probes

• Tie tags ox Styrofoam

• Non-oven able paper products

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