The microwave oven cooks things quickly. They use high energy, short cycle waves to heat food. The length of time will vary based on the power level, the bulk of the food being cooked and the amount of liquid.
Microwaves uses microwave radiation to heat up food by only heating up the liquid particles in them.
- Never use a microwave to warm anything that's alive.
- Use "microwave-save" dishes or utensils in the microwave.
- Metal items are not OK.
- Do not try to open the microwave while it's running ever.
- Commercial (heavy duty)
Some microwaves can be mounted or located in different ways.
- Over the Range
- Under-Cabinet-Microwave Under Cabinet Microwave - aka Built-In
- HowStuffWorks on How Microwave Cooking Works
- The History of the Microwave Oven or Who Invented Microwaves?
- Wikipedia's article on microwave oven
- About.com's Busy Cooks section on Before You Buy a Microwave Oven
- University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on Microwave Oven Radiation Safety
- University of Colorado at Boulder on Microwave Ovens and how they work
- Under Cabinet Microwave - aka Built-In