A microwave is an electric oven that uses electromagnetic radiation set in the microwave frequency range to quickly heat and cook food. Microwaves are popularly used to reheat previously cooked foods, though unlike conventional ovens, microwaves cannot brown, caramelize, bake, or fry food. Thus, microwaves have limited uses in professional cooking. Microwaves are included in most kitchens with designs that range from countertop to over-the-range and built-in variations. External variations can vary from 10"x18"x14" (25x46x36 cm) on the smaller side, to 14"x24"x20" (36x61x51 cm) on the larger side. Microwave wattage is equivalent to power, with higher wattages cooking food faster and more evenly.
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