Announcing Serve it Series: Serve it Microwaved

This month’s theme for Serve It series is Serve It – Microwaved. This theme is to break the notion that microwave oven is used only for reheating purposes. These days Microwave Oven has become almost a must for every kitchen. This little kitchen appliance makes our life so much easier. It is a great addition to the everyday kitchen and when we know how to use, it saves a lot of time and energy. One more plus is less dishes to do. In a single bowl you can cook, serve, store and reheat. Any dish can be prepared in a microwave oven ranging from sweets, curries, rice and even grilled food. This month’s Serve It event is all about Microwave cooking. Try out your favorite recipes and send it over!

Quick Trivia: How does a Microwave cook food
A m­icrowave oven uses radio waves to heat food, especially radio waves that are in the frequency of 2,500 megahertz (2.5 gigahertz). That’s because waves of this frequency are absorbed by water, fats and sugars. When they are absorbed they are converted directly into heat. The added advantge of this frequency range is that they are not absorbed by most plastics, glass or ceramics. Neat eh!

Tips when using a Microwave

  • Never use metal/aluminium foil in the microwave.
  • Arrange foods so that they cook evenly. Face the thickest parts of veggies/meat outward toward the oven walls. Arrange foods of the same size and shape, such as potatoes, in a circle or square with space between them and no item in the center.
  • Cover dishes. A cover eliminates splattering, and it also cuts down on cooking time.
  • Frequently stir, turn, and rotate foods. This ensures an even distribution of heat.
  • Cut foods into small pieces, if possible. Small pieces cook more quickly than large ones.
  • Before cooking, use a fork to pierce foods that have skins, such as potatoes, hot dogs, and sausages. Piercing allows steam to escape that could otherwise lead to sudden popping and splattering.
  • Be sure to use the defrost power setting (30 to 40 percent of full power) when thawing food. Doing so will ensure that the foods defrosts in a slow and even manner. Turn and rotate the food every so often also helps as you defrost.

Here are the guidelines for the event:
1. You may send in any entry that is cooked in a microwave oven.
2. You may use other appliances like mixie/blender/grinder for the preparation process but the whole cooking process (even tadka) should be done in the microwave oven. No use of stove-top is allowed.
3. Mentioning the MW oven wattage and correct cooking time for each step is mandatory.
4. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are allowed.
5. Please link back to this announcement page and also to Krithi’s page here.
6. New entries are appreciated, however if you are sending archived entries, please re-post as latest (with a date in September 2012) and update with both the links to the announcement page and logo.
7. Usage of links and logo is mandatory.
8. Last date for submission of your entries is September 30, 2012.
9. To submit your entries, just link your entries using the linky tool below.
10. Non-bloggers also can send their entries with a picture to the below email-id.
11. If you have a problem in linking email us your problem to serveit[dot]series[at]gmail[dot]com. We will try to resolve it.
Note: If the entries are inappropriate to the theme, we would have to remove the entries from the linky sans notification. If there are other issues like link or logo missing we would definitely notify through email.
Linky for Microwaved entries:

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