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When you think of the commercial restaurant equipment you need for your professional kitchen, a microwave might not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But whether you operate a café, coffee shop, or restaurant, a commercial microwave oven is an essential piece of food warming equipment for reheating, defrosting, and steaming foods. If you’re considering a microwave for your kitchen, are some of the top questions asked about commercial microwave ovens and our expert answers.

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Myth #1: Do Microwaves Affect Nutrition Content?

Cooking certain foods, such as vegetables, in the traditional way on a stovetop can lead to more loss of nutrients than cooking in the microwave. Barbara Kafka, author of the book “Microwave Gourmet” (William Morrow, 1987), recommends that microwaving food, such as vegetables, is actually better. “Their colour is better, their flavour is better, you have no water dripping, and there are studies that show they retain more vitamins,” shares Barbara.

Myth #2: Are Microwaves Healthy?

Despite persistent rumours, there’s no reason to be concerned about microwaves. Microwaves use electromagnetic radiation to quickly heat up food. The electromagnetic waves work by causing molecules move around, which makes the food hotter. Microwaves do not use x-rays or gamma rays, and they do not make food radioactive. Moreover, the low levels of radiation emitted commercial microwave ovens are contained within the microwave unit. When microwave ovens are used according to instructions, they do not pose a health risk (The American Cancer Society).

Myth #3: Can Any Food Container Be Used In A Microwave?

Always be sure to check that your microwave cookware is microwave safe. Metal objects and some plastics can’t be used in commercial microwave ovens, and can result in a possible safety hazard or a malfunction within the microwave unit. The best containers to use in your microwave are glass or ceramic dishes.

Celcook: Commercial Cooking Equipment in Canada

Owning the right commercial restaurant equipment is an important part of running a successful Canadian kitchen, and can make food preparation, cooking, and warming food easier. Canadian kitchen owners can enhance their workspace with Celcook’s selection of high-speed restaurant ovens and high-quality commercial microwaves in Canada. We guarantee the quality and reliability of our products and offer a comprehensive warranty on our microwave products. Contact us today to learn more and to find the best commercial cooking equipment for your kitchen.