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Food Technology How Does A Microwave Work? Microwaves work by using food molecules to vibrate rapidly, creating friction that produces heat which then cooks the food. In other words, food cooked in a microwave simply absorbs microwave and turns their energy into thermal energy, which cooks the food. It takes 18 times the electricity to bake a potato in a regular oven than in a microwave. Microwaves cook from the outside towards the center of the food. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Microwave Advantages 1. Heats things more quickly than conventional oven 2. Heats things from the inside out 3. Don't have to warm it up before using it 4. Takes up less space than an oven 5. Doesn't throw off heat while you're cooking (useful in hot weather) 6. Safer for kids to use 7. Food keeps more nutrients when cooked in a microwave (less heat exposure), so its healthier for you. 8. Easier to clean 9. ...read more.


In cold climates, this effect is called wind-chill factor. Air movement not only intensifies the feeling of coldness, but also makes it felt more quickly. Packaging & Labelling Functions Of Packaging: The main functions of packaging are to protect the product from damage and contamination by harmful micro- organisms. The product must also be protected from physical damage e.g. being dropped, crushed, and also all the damage it suffers being transported here. More delicate products such as fruit and vegetables will be damaged and bruised easily so they will need a harder and stronger container. Packaging also attracts consumers manufacturers will design products with colourful packaging and appealing pictures to attract consumers. Furthermore packaging also provides information about the products e.g. best before date, ingredients and allergies. These are essential for the consumer in case there are certain ingredients they can't have e.g. peanuts Soya. There are now tamper proof packaging that will show if a product has been opened in case someone opens the product and drinks or eats from it, there are pop up lids for jam jars ...read more.


Cardboard will also rip and tear easily and will be damaged if is in contact with water. Environmental Concerns of Packaging: We as manufacturers can benefit the environment by using bio-degradable products to package food. This means products that can be recycled and used again as nowadays there are concerns about the high level of pollution in the atmosphere. So to gain public support and help companies can use recyclable packaging. They should also use as little packaging as possible. As consumers the most we can do to help the environment is recycle the packaging after we use it, there are recycle bins, bottle banks and all sorts of place for consumers to recycle goods. We can also re-use products like aluminium foil, and try an use them for as long as we can. Labelling Regulations: By law there are certain types of information that have to be displayed on a product. These are the description of the product, the manufacturer's name, the name of the product, and the best before date, cooking/heating instructions, the weight and finally the storage instructions. All of these legally by law have to be on a product. ...read more.

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