Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?

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Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?

Microwave or Oven ? Convection micro or OTG . . .choices choices? Griller should be there? May be! Hot air circulation, dry heat   hmmm — crust formation, uniform heat distribution required ? –  Yes! I need that. Electromagnetic waves ——–what is that? Let me-check on-line ?  May be the storekeeper will know that . . . . . AND the thoughts in the mind go on and on and on.

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy? 

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We are confused, what is right and what will be right choice?  Here is a post that will answer most of these questions in your mind. Be with me and if I am missing out something; please write back in the comments. I would love to have your points, feedback and tips !

Before we start here is my #foodsketch  #fooddoodle #foodart

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There are many products in the market and that certainly adds so much to the confusion. So, I have tried to categorised them:

1. Solo Microwave Oven –—- This is the basic kind of microwave and comes with ‘microwave only’ mode. It provides uniform heating for defrosting, reheating and also for cooking small quantities of food. The point to remember here is you cannot grill or bake anything in a solo microwave. An example of this would be Morphy Richards 20MS 20-Litre Solo Microwave (Black) .

2. Grill Microwave Oven —— A grill microwave oven is a solo microwave equipped with heating coil on the top part. This can be used to grill, toast or roast food too. Grilling can be used in combination with microwave. Grill comes as a mode or setting in microwaves. This requires use of a grilling plate or a rack, which brings the food closer to the grill. An example of this is IFB 25PG3B 25-Litre Grill Microwave Oven (Black/Floral Design).

3. Convection Microwave Oven —– A convection microwave uses a combination of the two technologies: 1. regular microwave and 2. convection oven. It can be used to bake anything cookies or cakes. There is a fan and a heating element to circulate hot air uniformly in the microwave. As a result, the food takes time to cook and comes out more ‘browner’ than you would get in a solo microwave. An example of this is Morphy Richards 23MCG 23-Litre Convection Microwave Oven (Black)

4. OTG —— An Oven Toaster Griller (OTG) can reheat, keep warm, grill, barbecue and most importantly, bake food items. It has heating coils on the bottom and on the roof of the oven. This heating element converts electric energy into heat to create high temperatures at which the food bakes. All the OTG’s  have the option to switch on either one or both coils. For grilling, you need to heat the top coil and for baking, you need both coils to be heated. An example of this is Morphy Richards 24 R-SS OTG 24 L Stainless Steel Black

An OTG is a baker’s delight- you can bake crisp cookies, spongy brown muffins and even breads to perfection using an OTG.

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And now for the most asked question –

What is the difference between a Microwave and an OTG?

Let’s talk about OTG first — 1. An OTG or an oven-toaster-griller is an electric oven that comes with heating rods. OTG converts electric energy into heat to create a high temperature at which the food bakes. It adds direct heat to food to cook it.  I believe an OTG bakes better than a convection microwave but, at the same time, it cannot be used to heat/defreeze food.

2. The thermostat in the oven (if there is one) measures the temperature and adjusts the current through the element to maintain the temperature. Some ovens (convection) also have fans that uniformly distribute the heat. These ovens with fans are much more efficient as they uniformly distribute the heat.

3. Another point that comes to my mind is that — An OTG is slower than a convection microwave oven. I mean time wise. Example – the OTG will require 15 minutes of preheating, whereas the microwave oven will require only 5 minutes of preheating.

4. An OTG has a front door, removable wire rack. Baking pans or sheets are used for food.

5. OTG is ideal for professional bakers or people who are looking for a dedicated appliance only to bake, grill and toast.

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If we talk about Microwave oven; it has its own pros and cons:

1. A microwave oven is a type of oven that uses microwaves to heat up food. Microwaves are a type of electromagnetic wave that stays somewhere in between radio wave and infrared radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum.  Understood. Very clear na ?

2. Now let me simplify how the microwave oven actually works. When we place the food inside the microwave oven, the oven throws microwaves at the food. The waves are than absorbed by the fat, water and other substances inside the food which start heating up the molecules of the food – the heat then travels outwards, heating up the rest of the food. That is the reason we say — microwaves heat the food from the inside out.

3. A convection microwave also has a heating element and a fan that distributes heat evenly. This provides a baking or browning effect.

4. You can cook a whole meal in a convection microwave. Plus, a microwave also has the advantage of speed. That makes it super convenient for us busy women.

5. Microwave Ovens have different modes to set before you start using. Make sure that you have set the Oven/Bake mode before starting to bake. Normally, the default mode is Microwave i.e. heating.

6. It is safe to use porcelain plates and bowls in the microwave. The thing you will need to avoid is gold or silver coloured paint, because of the metal content present in such paints.

7. Pyrex is another microwave friendly material that is safe to use. La Opala, and corelle crockery is made from Pyrex.

8. You can also use Silicone bakeware for making cake, muffin, pudding etc.

9. Glass too can be used, but not those which have some golden or silver lining as they may spark However, avoid metal utensils in the microwave mode only, unless you are using it in the grill and convection mode.

10. Aluminium bakeware for (cake etc) can be used in microwave only if you are using convection mode and provided your microwave has the option. Normally, it is written on the utensil itself about its safe usage

11. If you are still confused about bakeware that works in your microwave, jump over here to see microwave bakeware.

12. The easiest way to understand this —when using only microwave mode– If any vessel remains cold and the food gets hot, that vessel is ideal to use. If it gets little warm (the vessel) then too you can use it though if it becomes hot, then you should avoid it for microwave cooking but remember — (the same “doesn’t” apply on baking).

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Common Myths regarding Microwave Ovens

Some people believe that using microwave ovens contaminates food with radioactive element. But FDA (Food and Drug association) of America states that microwave ovens do not contaminate food. Microwaves just cause water molecules in food to vibrate producing heat that cooks food and thus food having high water content like vegetables cook faster. The energy waves generated by microwave oven are converted to heat and thus they do not contaminate food.

Source of Information —- Food and Drug Association website

Another question —

Should I buy an OTG or a convection microwave oven?

I suggest If you would be baking regularly and you have space in your kitchen to accommodate two ovens, you could consider going for a separate OTG for your baking needs.

If, however, you need to heat and cook food in your oven in addition to baking; you should get a convection microwave oven.

A convection microwave  cannot offer the same effect of baking like that of an OTG but it is the quickest and closest alternative to one. Similarly, an OTG cannot replicate the variety of cooking or the speed of cooking of a convection microwave.

So in a nutshell my suggestion is – If you are going to be an occasional baker and space is a constraint then convection microwave oven will do for you. Buy one device and use it wisely. However, if you are thinking of taking up baking as a hobby then invest in a good OTG –  they are not very expensive anyways.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Rahul Sharma says:

    Dear Madame,

    Sold!!! Was going on for 52 Morphy but now, 29 Bajaj. Have to start bread before dying.

    It was between a grill and an oven. A grill can always be made at a friend’s factory using scrap iron. Not so, with the oven.

    I like to support local shopkeeper, whenever possible, even if it means extra 2-300 than the .coms.

    Will finish this Blue Tokai Karadykan Medium Light Roast with cinnamon, jaggery, black pepper and a little nutmeg and go to the local chap, pronto!

    Will post pictures!

    Ra.

    Thanks for information for beginners.

  2. Hi Hetal

    thanks for the appreciation. I have tried to answer all the queries in the post. But to help you with; I am using Morphy Richard.

  3. Hetal says:

    Thanks for the details information. But can you suggest me best convention to buy which is good for baking also. TIA

  4. Pleasure Shardha 🙂

  5. Hi Mrunal thanks for writing in.
    MR 52 litre should work good with cakes and cookies and even breads.
    Couple of points
    1. Follow the recipe
    2.Make sure the settings of temperature and time are correct
    3. Some ovens have hot spot – – if you see uneven bake. Your oven also have a hot spot.
    For that you might have to rotate the baking tray, after 3/4th time of baking.
    Make sure the oven fan is on. So the hot air circulation is on through out the baking time.
    4. Make sure both the elements of the oven are working when in baking mode.
    Place the baking tray in the center rack when baking
    🙂

  6. Hi Shuchi 🙂 thank for writing in, glad the post is helpful 🙂 and no doubt is silly. Feel free to write me anytime.
    An OTG with a fan is definitely a better idea and I recommend that.
    You will find an OTG with the 30 or 32 litre capacity in Morphy Richard.

  7. Shuchi says:

    Hi Pooja. I know you have already provided a detailed information about otg and microwave ovens. But I still have a doubt which might sound silly. Does having a fan in your OTG makes it better from not having one?? Do you have any suggestions for one with fan and chamber light? Within 30ltrs capacity. Thanks

  8. Mrunal says:

    Hi… Thx for d info… But would like to know abt hw to operate otg… Sorru.. But couldn’t find… I have MR 52 ltrs otg… N m finding it difficult to get d desired results for cakes n cookies… As compared to microwave

  9. shardha says:

    thank you for the info … 🙂

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