The earliest ovens date back to the around 29,000 BC and through centuries of cooking with earth, ceramic, masonry, cast iron, and other materials, today we have two main ovens – the microwave and the conventional oven. The conventional oven was invented in the late 19th century while the microwave oven was not invented until the late 1940s by Percy Spencer. Percy discovered the key to how a microwave works while playing with electricity and accidentally melted a chocolate bar. The microwave became popular in the 1970s.
Both ovens can be used for heating but have very different purposes. The microwave saves time and energy because it cooks food immediately. It is most common in convenience cooking while the conventional oven is better for baking and browning. Continue reading “Microwave vs. Conventional Oven Cooking”