BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is right around the corner and between trips to the pool or beach, yard work and various summer camps, there may not be a lot of time to spend on meals. Luckily, Amana, the brand that developed the first countertop microwave, has quick, easy tips for utilizing the ultimate time-saving appliance.
Popping popcorn and heating leftovers are common uses for the microwave, but many people don't realize this versatile appliance can actually be used to cook an entire meal. Some of Amana brand's countertop and over-the-range microwave models can even hold a 9" x 13" glass or ceramic dish, which means they can handle everything on the menu – from fish fillets to veggie sides and even dessert.
According to a recent online survey conducted for Whirlpool Corporation by Harris Interactive®, 55 percent of U.S. adults named the microwave as the appliance innovation that has most impacted their day-to-day lives in the past century. The microwave is a long-standing staple for simplifying life in the kitchen.
"Using the microwave doesn't mean you have to serve your family frozen TV dinners," said Evelyn Carpenter, Amana brand microwave expert. "You can prepare a simple gourmet dinner from start to finish if you utilize the cooking sensors and know a few key tricks."
When preparing large dishes, it's best to stir or rearrange the food during cooking to ensure even heating. The spacious models mean that even desserts, like brownies, can be whipped up without hassle. Just be sure to shield the corners of your pan with small pieces of foil to prevent the corners from overcooking.
Here are a handful of easy microwave meals:
Microwave cleanup is just as simple as meal preparation. To remove food that has splattered in the microwave – which can affect the smell of the kitchen – use a damp cloth and mild soap or a water-based cleaner. Avoid using ammonia- or bleach-based cleaners in the microwave and never spray directly into the microwave. Instead, spray the cleaning cloth then wipe the microwave. If your microwave has a glass turntable, it can be placed in your dishwasher for easy cleaning.
To get rid of leftover food smells, such as burnt popcorn, heat up a cup of water with one tablespoon of lemon juice for four to five minutes, then let it sit in the microwave for several minutes after the cycle.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Whirlpool from May 18-20, 2011 among 2,407 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Established in 1934, Amana has a history of designing innovative cooking, dish, laundry and refrigeration household appliances. With its introduction of the original countertop microwave in 1967, Amana was put on the map as a brand dedicated to bringing convenience to consumers' lives. Amana brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2010, 71,000 employees, and 67 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on Amana brand appliances, visit http://www.amana.com.
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