Of Moms and Microwaves

In my kitchen I have a 20+ year old Easy Touch Microwave from Panasonic. This culinary tool has survived moves, food experiments and years of heating up my oatmeal. But Panasonic and the Culinary Institute of America believe my Panasonic can do more. (That is not my microwave pictured, but the very awesome NN-SD997S)

Panasonic, a leader in microwave technology, entered a collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America to enhance culinary support for its renowned line of consumer microwave ovens. As part of this collaboration, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has developed no-fuss gourmet recipes for cooking with Panasonic microwaves, as well as create key microwave cooking technique videos that will be hosted on Panasonic’s microwave “Virtual Test Kitchen” website.

Developed with an eye toward keeping the American consumer fueled with healthy and delicious meals that are easy and quick to prepare, these recipes feature economical and readily available ingredients. As well as providing complete recipes for preparation in a Panasonic microwave, the CIA team, headed by Certified Master Chefs, will also develop cooking tips based on their experience cooking while using Panasonic’s cooking technology.

“We conducted a survey that showed only a third of people use their microwaves for cooking beyond reheating,” said Dan Silver, Group Head, Home Appliance Group, Panasonic. "We want to change that, to show people that microwave cooking can be easy, fun, fast and healthy. Visitors to our website and ‘Virtual Test Kitchen’ can expect to find a host of delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes. We’re not just a manufacturer, we are a resource.”

Panasonic’s microwave ovens feature Inverter™ technology, a unique capability that allows for more even cooking. Unlike other microwave ovens, Inverter allows for an always-on, constant energy flow at variable intensities. Other ovens try to create lower energy levels by using the same maximum power all the time, but repeatedly turning it on and off. Panasonic’s consistent and precise heat means more control over cooking, reheating and defrosting with more even results and no overcooked edges.

Ready to do more that heat up coffee and popcorn in your microwave? Check out the recipes at the Virtual Test Kitchen: Tasty Recipes a Mouse-Click Away