National Microwave Oven Day is celebrated on December 6th in the United States. Today, these devices are an integral part of many homes and lives, heating food in a flash and without any effort! On this day, people join together to express their gratitude to those who made the invention of the microwave oven possible.
The concept of using electric fields for heating was first proposed by scientists in 1943. Shortly afterwards, the magnetron was invented, which could create microwaves of short length. The device was soon transferred to the US government and eventually made its way to Raytheon, where a self-taught engineer named Percy Spencer worked. While performing research on the installation, Spencer noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He decided to experiment further with popcorn, and when it exploded, he knew he was onto something. He then created a safe structure to protect himself from any potential danger.
The first patent for a microwave oven was granted in 1945, and it was sent to a restaurant in Boston the same year. The device was made available to the public two years later, when it was installed in a hot dog shop near a central station. The first production series of microwave ovens was released in 1947, and by the 1970s, they had become a common appliance.
- The first production microwave ovens weighed around 350 kg. They were incredibly expensive and out of reach for many people.
- Contrary to popular belief, microwave ovens are completely safe for human health.
- Some models have a “grill” function, which makes them a suitable replacement for an oven.
How to take part
On National Microwave Oven Day, you can explore the endless possibilities of cooking with a microwave. Try out recipes for poached eggs, fluffy biscuits, baked potatoes, and even pizza! Share photos of your creations on social media and tell us what ingredients you used.
When is National Microwave Oven Day celebrated in 2023?
National Microwave Oven Day is observed on December 6 each year.