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Why you should add a combi microwave to your kitchen appliance selection

Remember when microwaves were the height of kitchen technology?
They might have fallen out of fashion, but microwave ovens have improved a lot in the past decade. Today’s microwaves produce far better food than their predecessors, so If you’re looking at the best appliances to add to a new kitchen line-up ASKO’s efficient and stylish combination microwaves are worth considering.
Combi microwaves work by combining microwave cooking with hot air, or convection, cooking. The use of these two methods together gives fast and even roasting, crisping and browning of your food. It’s the best of both worlds —  the speed of a microwave with the high-quality finish of regular oven cooking.

Speed without sacrificing quality

Leonie Van-Hamburg, from Designed Kitchen Appliances in Western Australia, says a combi microwave is a good choice for busy families where speed in cooking is essential.
She says, “A combi microwave can cut the cooking time of your food by up to half, but you won’t feel like you’re eating microwaved food.
“The convection cooking combined with a microwave’s speed means you’ll have dinner on the table quickly, and no one will notice it wasn’t cooked in the regular oven.”
ASKO combi microwave ovens are designed for a perfect aesthetic match with the other appliances in the range, and utilise four different cooking methods: microwave, fan forced oven, grill, and combined oven with microwave. They’re truly multifunctional and ideally suited to today’s busy lifestyles.

A second oven and a microwave in a single unit

The dominant trend in kitchen design over the past few years has been for people to have two ovens as part of their appliance selection. This doesn’t mean you need to go with two standard convection ovens, though.
More and more, customers are choosing one regular oven and one multifunctional appliance such as a steam oven or combi microwave.
Van-Hamburg says, “The majority of kitchen appliance buyers now are looking for two ovens.
“When they’re shown how much a compact, multifunctional oven can do compared to a regular convection oven, many people choose the approach of one full-sized and one compact [oven], as it frees up extra cupboard space while still allowing them to have the two ovens they wanted.”
Installing a combi microwave means you don’t need to find extra space in your new kitchen for a regular microwave, and gives you a fully functional second convection oven at the same time.

Cook a wide variety of foods using combi microwave

Anything you can cook in a regular oven will work well in a combi microwave, but there are a few areas where these appliances excel.
Roasted meats and vegetables cooked using combi microwave settings will arrive at the table golden brown and tender in around half the time you’d expect from a regular oven.
Baked pasta dishes such as lasagne and macaroni cheese will be soft, oozing and cooked through underneath after a short while using combi microwave, and bubbling with perfect browning on top thanks to the grill function.
It takes a mere few minutes cooking to put a tray of muffins or cupcakes on the table for afternoon tea, and not much longer for a full-sized cake.

No more resorting to takeaway

If your family is always on the go, with everyone needing meals at different times, takeaway dinners become a very attractive option. But what if you want to have healthier choices on offer for those times when you can’t all sit down for a meal together?
A few extra meals stashed in your freezer, heated or cooked using the ASKO combi microwave, will solve the takeaway dilemma and provide your family with nutritious, fast options for meals on the run.
If you’d like to see the benefits of ASKO’s long-lasting, beautifully designed appliances, contact your nearest ASKO retailer to ask about product demonstrations in your area.