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Which microwave function do you need for which dish?

Each microwave has a microwave function. This warms up your ready-made meals or liquids. A microwave oven also has oven functions, such as top and bottom heat and hot air. Top and bottom heat is for making an apple pie and with the hot air function you prepare a lasagne. Read which microwave function is suitable for which dish.

Ready-made meals and liquid


With a microwave function you can warm up a ready-made meal, soup or chocolate milk. Also prepare leftovers and baby milk with the function that is present on each microwave: the microwave function.

Casserole and lasagne

lasagna in microwave

Do you regularly make an oven dish or a lasagne, then you need a combination microwave with a hot air function. This way you prevent hard pieces of lasagne sheets in the lasagne. The hot air circulates through the oven through a fan.

Frozen pizza


To prepare a frozen pizza, find a microwave with a pizza stand. At a pizza stand, the oven function in your microwave provides extra heat from the bottom. The grill creates a crispy crust. This way your pizza is crunchy and cooked. With only a hot air function only the top, but not the bottom.

Cake and cakes


For baking a tasty apple pie or cake you need top and bottom heat. With the uniform heating at the top and bottom of your pastry, it cooks and rises evenly.

Oven fries

Oven fries

To make really crunchy oven fries, you need a microwave with a crisp function and crisp plate. You put the fries on the crisp plate that absorbs the heat from the microwaves. This creates a crispy bottom. The grill that is on at the same time ensures a crispy top. A microwave with crisp function is also suitable for preparing pizza or breaded fish.

Steamed vegetables

Steamed vegetables

To steam vegetables, look for a microwave with a steam function. Basically you can steam in any microwave if you have a steam bowl, but with microwave ovens with a steam function you get that included. You fill the steam bowl with water and the heating creates steam. Sometimes a microwave has a separate steam reservoir. You do not need a steam tray.

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