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Essentials (South Africa) - - CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2018 -

Three out of four of us say that we couldn’t live with­out our mi­crowave, and with the amount of time they save us, it’s no won­der. And, with ad­vances in tech, mi­crowaved food is now a far cry from the dry mishaps that used to emerge.

Power play Mi­crowave power is mea­sured in watts – the higher the num­ber, the faster it should heat food. The av­er­age is be­tween 800 and 900W. But, as tech­nol­ogy has im­proved, sim­ply go­ing for the most pow­er­ful model isn’t a guar­an­tee of a bet­ter-per­form­ing oven.

Full to ca­pac­ity Want to cook a whole chicken in there? You’ll need a de­cent ca­pac­ity – any­thing over the 30-litre mark should hold a fam­ily-sized bird. Smaller house­holds will be bet­ter off with a model that takes up min­i­mal space on the work­top, so ex­te­rior di­men­sions are more im­por­tant.

Cook­ing func­tions Mi­crowave-only mod­els are good for the ba­sics but can’t brown food. For that, you’ll want a mi­crowave with a grill. Combo mi­crowaves are pop­u­lar as sec­ond ovens, as they re­duce cook­ing time by us­ing fanned hot air (con­vec­tion) to seal the outer lay­ers of the food. This gives the moist yet crisp re­sult you’d ex­pect from a con­ven­tional oven.

Keep it clean A clean ma­chine is more ef­fi­cient. Ease of clean­ing is af­fected by the in­te­rior fin­ish – stain­less steel, enamel and acrylic are rel­a­tively easy to keep sparkling with a reg­u­lar wipe down. Al in one

With pre­cise tem­per­a­ture con­trol for even heat­ing and de­frost­ing, this LG model can pre­pare, re­heat and de­frost a wide va­ri­ety of dishes in a flash.

LG NeoChef 42 ℓ Stain­less Steel 1 200W Mi­crowave Grill Oven, R3 099,99, Hirsch’s di­men­sions H29,1 x W53,5 x D44cm

FEAT URE S It has a smart in­verter sys­tem, An­tiBac­te­rial EasyClean in­te­rior, and touch con­troller.

Healthy op­tion

Now you can eas­ily steam fish, veg and chicken to per­fec­tion with this model’s ef­fort­less one-touch steam func­tion. And no need to fear pas­try go­ing soggy, the three dif­fer­ent heat sources com­bine to keep food crisp and de­li­cious. Whirlpool 33 ℓ 6th Sense Jetchef 800W Mi­crowave Grill Oven,

R5 499; yup­ di­men­sions H37,7 x W48,7 x D54,1cm

FEAT URE S It in­cludes eight power lev­els and a 1 200W grill. Plus, its 6th Sense tech­nol­ogy au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs cook­ing time and power.

Fam­ily favour ite

Want to make a crispy roast chicken as a mid­week meal? No prob­lem. With a spa­cious ca­pac­ity of 40 ℓ , you’ll be whip­ping up din­ner for the whole fam­ily at the push of a but­ton. Sam­sung 40 ℓ Mir­ror-fin­ish 900W Elec­tronic

Grill Mi­crowave Oven, R2 699, Hirsch’s di­men­sions H31,3 x W55,5 x D45,9cm

FEAT URE S A ce­ramic enamel in­te­rior means it’s su­per durable and easy to clean, and it has 10 power lev­els.

Pocket-fr iendly

This af­ford­able op­tion will be pop­u­lar with both your wal­let and at meal­times. Also, with eight auto-cook pro­grammes, your favourites dishes will take just min­utes to pre­pare.

Rus­sell Hobbs 20 Clas­sic Man­ual 700W Mi­crowave Oven, R849, Makro di­men­sions H49 x W38 x D29cm FEAT URE S It has six power lev­els, an easy-to-clean enamel in­te­rior, and a sleek mir­ror fin­ish. Smart choice Counter space is prime real es­tate in any fam­ily kitchen so opt­ing for a built-in de­sign will free up your valu­able work sur­face. With eight pre-set Au­toPi­lot cook­ing pro­grammes, you can get oven­style dishes in a frac­tion of the cook­ing time.

Bosch Serie 6 25 Stain­less Steel Built-in 900W Mi­crowave, R11 799; di­men­sions H38,2 x W59,4 x D38,8cm

FEAT URE S This high-end model comes with a fin­ger­tip touch-con­trol door open­ing, as well as a 1 200W grill func­tion. Mir­ror mir­ror

With its sleek and stylish re­flec­tive fin­ish, this model will add an el­e­gant touch to the kitchen.

Plus, with this mi­crowave’s grill op­tion, you can brown, roast and crisp your go-to meals.

Defy 34 1 000W Grill Mi­crowave Oven, R1 799, Makro di­men­sions H30 x W53,9 x D47,4cm, FEAT URE S Make use of its grill combo op­tion, 10 power lev­els, and pro­gram­mable two-stage cook­ing.

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