Powering down to 800 watts

powering down to 800 watts is as easy as counting

Most of our microwaves are 1100 to 1200 watts.

Lekue’s recipes are for the 800 watt microwaves found in Europe (Lekue is from Barcelona, Spain).

To powerdown your microwave find your wattage located on an inside wall, or on the white edge you see when you open the microwave door.

microwave ovenEnter the cooking time and then press “power level”.  Next enter a number from 1 to 10 (10 will be full power that is 1100 or 1200 watts).

For example  8 would equal 880 watts for an 1100 watt microwave and 960 watts for a 1200 watt microwave.  5 would be 550 watts for an 1100 watt microwave and 600 watts for a 1200 watt microwave.

I have an 1100 watt microwave. I usually enter 7 (770 watts), cook for the suggested time and then add a bit more to reach my food preferences.   Once you find your spot and pattern you’ll never think about it again…it’s that easy

Myths and Legends

Common believes about microwave cooking – all FALSE

  1. Microwave cooking isn’t safe.”                                                             FALSE.  Microwaves emit low frequency radiation, often called non-ionizing radiation, such as radio or infrared waves. The World Health Organization endorse its safety.                                                            Source: http://www.who.int/pehemf/publications/facts/info_microwaves/en/
  2.  “Food cooks from the inside out.”
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     FALSE: Emitted microwaves interact with the polar molecules in food, mostly water and fat, which begin to vibrate and generate heat, getting all the food properly cooked. Waves penetrate approximately 2cm deep into the food.                                           Sources:                  http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates,  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/microwave

  3. Microwave cooking causes loss of vitamins.”                                     FALSE: Microwaves do not have have the ability to change the molecular structure of food. Moreover, microwave cooking retains better the essential vitamins and minerals, especially the water-soluble vitamins (which are dissolved in water, such as vitamin C), as it is not necessary to soak the food in water to cook and it requires shorter cooking times. Sources:                                                                                                    Leskova et al. Vitamin losses: retention during heat treatment…  P.CVastells. Cocinar con microondas: una opcion cad vez mas habitaul para las nuevas generacions.
  4. It is dangerous to be in front of a microwave oven when it’s running.” FALSE: Waves cannot pass through the meal walls of the microwave oven. The door has a metal mesh with holes between 1 – 1.5 mm in diameter, while the wavelength of the microwave is 12 cm, so it is impossible for the waves to get through the microwave and it is completely safe for health. Source: http://Angel. qui.ub.es/mans/Documents/Textos/2013