Let’s take a closer look at the common misconceptions about different kitchen appliances like refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, microwaves, and mixer grinders. We will also debunk the myths about different kitchen appliances surrounding them and give you the cool hard facts.
Misconceptions About Refrigerators and Freezers
The food industry relies on powerful refrigerators to keep food fresh. Without them, there would be a lot of restaurants that would go out of business. Here are the popular misconceptions about refrigerators and freezers debunked.
- Keeping the refrigerator full saves energy
If you fill a used commercial freezer for a restaurant with overstock, you can potentially damage the commercial freezer’s compressor. The compressor is pushed to its limits trying to keep the interior of the freezer cool. Eventually, the compressor will die out and cause the food to spoil.
- It’s not important where you place the food in a refrigerator
Top shelves and doors have low temperatures; they are ideal for condiments, water, juice, and leftovers. The bottom shelves are the coldest parts and perfect for storing meat, dairy eggs, and any food that spoils quickly. The crisper drawers are usually located at the bottom of the fridge and are made for storing fruits and vegetables.
- Frozen food is less nutritious
Fruits and vegetables that are frozen retain the nutrients and vitamins a bit longer than fresh fruit and vegetables. Other food such as meat doesn’t lose its nutritional value when frozen.
- Freezing food kills bacteria
Bacteria can grow on food that is frozen. Note that freezing food does not keep it safe because when it starts to thaw, the bacteria could be present.
- Used commercial freezers are less efficient
If the used freezer is an Energy Star model in good condition, it can be just as efficient as a new one.
Misconceptions About Dishwashers
Dishwashers are considered ‘little kitchen helpers’ because they clean dishes while you sleep. However, let’s clarify the misconceptions about how to use this neat kitchen appliance.
- Rinse plates before putting them in a dishwasher
Plates with big pieces of leftover food stuck on them require pre-rinsing. Otherwise, if plates contain typical food stains, place them right in the dishwasher and let the detergent work its magic.
- Dishwashers fill with water during use
This is not true. The bottom of the dishwasher tub is the only area that fills up with water. You don’t have to worry about it overflowing your kitchen floors.
- If water shows up in the bottom of your dishwasher, it is broken
This truth is the opposite. It is normal for a dishwasher to have some water at the bottom at the end of its cycle. Think of this water as leftover water that helps keep the seals moist to prevent leaking.
Misconceptions About Microwaves
Almost everyone owns a microwave, and each person will tell you different things they heard about using them. Let’s clear up the common misconceptions about this convenient kitchen appliance. Microwaves cause cancer
According to The American Cancer Society, microwaves do not produce x-rays or gamma rays. Therefore, using a microwave oven does not create the offset of cancer because it does not make food radioactive.
- Microwaves destroy nutrients in food
Keep in mind that cooking foods in hot water reduce nutrients in the food. This applies to using a microwave or any heated cooking method.
Misconceptions About Mixer Grinders
The thing to keep in mind about mixer grinders is that their price depends on their size. Let’s debunk the common misconceptions on mixer grinders that can help kitchen operators make a wise choice based on their cooking needs.
- Appliances on standby don’t use power
Regardless if a mixer grinder or other different kitchen appliances is on standby, if it is plugged into an electric socket, it is still using power. To ensure that you save energy, always physically shut off the device and unplug the cord from the electric socket.
- Less use of appliances leads to a longer life
Mixer grinders and appliances are meant to be used. If you let them sit and collect dust, their mechanisms eventually rust, and they are more prone to malfunctioning the rare time you do use them.
- A larger motor equals more power
For mixer grinders, large motors are not equivalent to producing more power. What matters the most is its speed, efficiency, and torque force (or horsepower). If a mixer grinder has different speeds and a smaller motor, it might work more efficiently than a mixer with one speed and a large engine.
In conclusion, these are just a few of the most common kitchen appliance myths. People thought these misconceptions are true and waste their valuable time and money. Knowing the truth behind them ends up saving you money, time or energy, being safe should always be the top priority.