Cooking, Cooling in Chicago
By James J. Hodl
CHICAGO--Cooking introductions from the 1999 Housewares Show brought high-tech features to microwaves to ensure ease of use and improved sensor cooking. In cooling, the same goes: the smaller the better, the cooler the best.
In cooking, Panasonic introduced the first line of microwave ovens to employ inverter technology, which replaces the power transformer with a circuit board that requires less input energy to power the magnetron. Without the bulky transformer, a cabinet that held a 1.7-cu.-ft. oven now offers a 2.1-cu.-ft. cavity. Other features include Cook-A-Round turntables that hold two plates for cooking (one on the floor, the other on a shelf).