It’s not the sexiest purchase you’ll ever make.
Heck, it’s not like you’ll tell your husband this weekend, “Let’s go look at some microwaves!” And when you do buy one, you may not have been anticipating the purchase – often, the only time one shops for a new microwave is when they have to suddenly replace or upgrade their current model.
However, at some point in your lifetime – maybe even sooner than you think – it will be time to buy a new microwave. And today, I’m here to introduce you to your next microwave.
It’s funny. Before I fell in love with my Panasonic Genius Prestige Plus Over-the-Range Microwave Oven, I didn’t give the appliance the respect it deserves, nor did I try to be particularly creative or daring in the foods I prepared. In fact, for the most part, my prior relationship with a microwave included the one and only “reheat” function.
FYI: It would be a shame to only reheat in a Microwave with Inverter Technology.
Oh, you can reheat. But you can also select from one of nineteen cooking settings, or let the microwave do the thinking for you. With Sensor Cook, built-in sensor technology lets you cook food automatically – with no need to set the power level, food weight or cooking time.
Did I just blow your mind?
Okay then, we shall view the proof in the pudding. Except this pudding is oatmeal, one of the sensor programs you can choose from. Now normally, instant oatmeal cooked in a microwave is dry, lumpy and the texture of wet sand. (Trust me, I’ve had my share of microwaved instant oatmeal. I worked in an office for 10 years, remember? And this was well before Pinterest showed us how to do it the easy way – overnight in the fridge.)
Does that look like crumbly oatmeal to you? Not on your life! Panasonic’s microwave uses a patented Inverter Technology to ensure food remains fragrant, moist, and never “nuked”. Let me explain.
Most conventional microwave ovens operate with only one power level by using microwave energy – either on or off. In contrast, Panasonic Inverter Technology provides true multiple power levels by delivering graduated power sequences continuously, then adjusting the intensity for each meal selection. You can enjoy delicious, healthy cooking results in less time.
However, if I’m completely honest, what has me mostly over-the-moon about the Panasonic Over-the-Range Microwave Oven… it’s the aesthetics. This unit is incredibly gorgeous.
The advanced electrostatic touch panel is smooth and sensitive to the touch, and features an innovative navigation system that provides step-by-step directions for precise cooking, as well as a backlight feature that is unique to Panasonic. Quite frankly, it’s the kind of microwave you want to show off.
Huh. Maybe it is a sexy purchase after all. Especially if you make Microwave Strawberry Vanilla Mug Cakes with Vanilla Buttercream Glaze (recipe adapted from Averie Cooks).
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
5-6 tablespoons strawberries (frozen and thawed is fine), diced
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients (except strawberries), and whisk until batter is just smooth, but do not overmix. (This is key, or you’ll yield a tough cake.) Gently fold in the strawberries.
Prepare two mugs by spraying them very well with cooking spray and pour batter into mugs, taking care that there is plenty of room for growth. The batter/cake will nearly double in height in the microwave, so select large mugs and do not fill more than halfway.
Microwave on high for 75 to 90 seconds, or until done. Microwave cooking times vary widely and the original recipe author suggests standing in front of the microwave the entire time. I don’t blame her! It could be done in 60 seconds, or it could take 2 minutes. In the Panasonic Genius Prestige Plus Over-the-Range Microwave Oven, it took exactly 90 seconds. While the mug cake is cooling, make the glaze.
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk (more for thinner consistency)
Combine all ingredients (except for milk) in a small bowl and whisk, adding the milk based on desired consistency of glaze. Spoon glaze over the mug cake while it’s in the mug and allow glaze to soak and permeate into the cake. Or, remove cake from the mug by running a knife around the sides and inverting it onto a plate and spooning the glaze over it.
Have I convinced you that the Panasonic Genius Prestige Plus Over-the-Range Microwave Oven should be your next microwave? Be sure to visit Your Next Kitchen, developed by Panasonic in collaboration with industry experts to provide Canadians with the resources they need to create their best kitchen. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything from design inspiration to expert advice and product facts, and is a wonderful resource to guide you through renovations or appliance upgrades.