It’s probably a good idea to offer a refreshing micro here. Microwave ovens generate microwaves that create heat by exciting polar molecules, particularly water, into food. Things like fans and turntables in microwave ovens help the waves to come in contact with as much food as possible, resulting in a more uniform cooking.
I asked Chris Young, one of the authors of Modernist cuisine and founder of the smart thermometer company Combustion Inc., about why people chose to use a microwave to cook something in the first place.
“Microwaves are best for cooking foods that are relatively lean and that don’t suffer from a bit of irregularity in cooking temperature,” he says. “Many vegetable foods are ideal in this regard, and rapid heating often retains natural aromas and sweetness in ways that no other cooking technique can do.”
Since I got their attention, I also wondered why some metal products sparkled (or “arced”) in the microwave, something I was a little worried about, considering the large metal ring on the edge of each lid every day.
“The arc occurs if you have two metal points close enough where RF energy can create enough of a voltage difference to create a spark, like a candle. So, the teeth of a fork are bad, but a spoon. it goes well because there is no gap that a spark can jump. The wrinkled sheet can create a spark, a smooth metal bowl will not do it. “
Lacking a gap, the metal edges on the Anyday covers don’t sparkle. Even if your microwave is quite cavernous, the company specifically should not put two bowls in the microwave at the same time to avoid arching between the lids.
After the kimchi stew, I made the Anyday poached salmon recipe where you would dip beetroot leaves in coconut milk with ginger and lemongrass, then knead the fillets on top and let them cook for a few more minutes. While I want you to be able to print the recipes on the website (technically you can, but practically aren’t; they’re not displayed in a printer-friendly format), I appreciate the way you can insert your microwave power and number of course you do and then see custom time parameters and tips on what bowl size to use. Once again, I cooked a nice, not-too-complicated dish that came together in no time, perfect for a night out. That shrill voice appeared again.
Not to get all the debunk-y, he said but can’t you roast the salmon or make the tofu kimchi stew in a pan on the stove at the same time? Couldn’t you also keep a better eye on this – particularly delicate, easy-to-cook protein like seafood – on the stove?
The company’s shrimp prawns with garlic, butter, lemon juice and a combination of red pepper flakes turned out very well, but they also demonstrated this dilemma. The shrimp itself was only the toughest, something I found much easier to clean a few nights later, when I cooked the Louie shrimp from the New York Times’ Five Week Night Dishes newsletter. With the latter, you could pass, watch, and pound the shrimp, pulling them out of the hot, salted water into the dish without a lid a few moments before they’re done, something you can’t do when the food is sealed in a bowl in the microwave will essentially steal your cooking senses. Still, the Anyday Scampi recipe was fantastic and we made it with lemon slices, having fun with our garlicky dinner.