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Initial post: 10 Jul 2014, 08:09:12 BST
Chris says:
I have just bought a Sharp R890SLM 900W 26L Combination Microwave with Double Oven that has a turntable plus low and high stands.

Not being much of a cook (man living alone), I'm not sure about how these accessories should be used and there is not much in the manual.

The manual does say that microwave ready meals should be placed on a flan dish on the low stand (presumably on top of the turntable). Is this necessary ? I never had to do this with my old basic microwave - just put the meal in its container directly onto the turntable.

Any advice about using these accessories and/or a pointers to suitable books or websites would be welcome.



Posted on 10 Jul 2014, 22:01:39 BST
I would,t have thought the stands were necessary Chris. I had a combi microwave like that for many years. I rarely used them. I put the ready meal dish on the plate I was going to serve it on because it will warm the plate up too. I used the stands if I was grilling food but that,s about all.xx

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2014, 23:21:08 BST
There are usually two reasons for the stands:
one is to put the food centrally in the cavity so it has best access to all the microwaves floating around including from underneath, for many years we used a ceramic trivet to lift the plate of food an extra inch;
and the other is to allow for the most suitable distance of the food from the combi-grill.

But in the end it is down to how you like your food cooked. Have fun and experiment.

Posted on 11 Jul 2014, 08:25:14 BST
In the States they use the stands so you can warm two dishes at once; one on the turntable and the other on the stand above it. That depends on the wattage of your microwave, whether it works well or not.

Posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:08:23 BST
Bearman says:
My Panasonic is particularly large and came with a wide selection of stands, shelves and trays. However all of these are only for use when the convection/fan oven or grill functions are being used. They are either for getting the food up near the grill, or for allowing the hot air to circulate all round the food as per a conventional oven. When just microwaving, the food sits on the glass turntable directly.

Posted on 11 Jul 2014, 21:40:19 BST
Happy says:
Now you mention it Bear, my microwave had shelves and a stand, must have used them at some point but don't think I've even got them now. It doesn't even have a turntable but it works just fine. Used to cook the Xmas turkey in it when we lived in China as I didn't have an oven, just two gas rings and the microwave.

Posted on 11 Jul 2014, 22:16:17 BST
Chris says:
My thanks to everybody for your replies, most interesting and informative.


In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jul 2014, 23:34:00 BST
Anytime Chris, there are a few of us who post regularly to one another on here, we always do our best to be helpful, mostly ladies but a couple of good blokes too.xxx

Posted on 20 Jul 2014, 16:17:53 BST
Should you be so inclined, you can measure the speed of light using a microwave.

Non rotating microwave.
The waves set up standing waves in the oven. Put a plate of marshmallows in it. The mallows will melt in rows according to the standing waves. Measure the distance between the melted bit and divide it by the frequency of the microwaves.

That piece of useless nonsense aside, it's why microwaves have turntables - to move the contents around in the standing waves.

Standing waves..now there's a subject and a half...
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