For a business to be successful, it’s essential to have the right commercial kitchen equipment. In the case of keeping food warm, equipment such as a commercial microwave oven and countertop food warmers are necessary to keep your guests satisfied.
However, there are a lot of myths surrounding the idea of reheating, cooking and defrosting food, especially when using a microwave. Here are some of the top myths associated with microwaves and why they are false:
Myth 1: “Microwaving Can Cause Health Concerns”
There is a false concern that objects that emit heat must be bad for you to be around and can cause long-term health concerns. This can cause a bit of panic to those who actively use food warming equipment such as commercial food warmers and commercial microwaves.
According to the Government of Canada, there should be no confusion between microwaves and X-rays or other intense forms of energy. The microwaves produced by a microwave oven do not cause radioactivity in any form towards food or the oven itself.
Myth 2: “Food Isn’t As Healthy For You When Cooking In A Microwave”
Cooking food thoroughly through is essential for a lot of dishes out there (such as chicken) in order to avoid becoming sick when eating a specific dish. There are a variety of ways food can be cooked, however, multiple studies have shown that microwaving food can be a healthy option and will cook food thoroughly.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, being that microwave cooking times are shorter; cooking with a microwave makes it easier to preserve vitamin C and other nutrients that break down when heated. In fact, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.
Microwaving your food also allows you to save the most amount of nutrients in your food (such as when cooking vegetables) when compared to other ways of cooking, such as steaming or boiling. Additionally, allowing food to continuously stay warm while being stored in a countertop food warmer helps secure nutrients in your food until the dish is served.
Myth 3: “Microwaving Food In Any Container Is Safe”
Not all containers and plates are safe to place in your microwave. No matter what container you use, be sure it indicates somewhere that it is microwavable-safe. Containers and dishes made from glass, ceramic and silicone are most safe to use in the microwave. Be sure to avoid plastics as well as any metal objects, which can result in a possible explosion or malfunction within the microwave itself.
Additionally, be sure to place microwavable-safe containers and plates in other food warming equipment, such as commercial food warmings. Plastic especially is susceptible to heat and can cause harmful chemicals to leach into food when warmed up.
Celcook: Your Stop For High-Quality Food Warming Equipment
When choosing high-quality food warming equipment, you should always go with the best! Celcook offers a selection of high-quality commercial microwaves and commercial countertop food warmers for professional kitchens across Canada. Contact us today to learn more.