At the end of this unit, students will be able to cite examples of kitchen appliances utilizing electricity’s conversion to mechanical energy as a function. Students also will explain the energy conversion taking place in a microwave oven. When operating appliances, students should be aware of how it operates so they can select appliances which will give them the desired results. The students will also be able to give verbal instruction to others on how to operate the microwave, toaster oven, blender, and electric mixer. Along with their understanding of the operating procedures, students will be able to compose a list of utensils needed to use each of these appliances. If students use inappropriate utensils with any of those previously mentioned, serious damage to the product may occur, as well as creating a hazardous condition for the student. For example, paper towels made with synthetic or manmade fibers may ignite if used in a microwave oven;
however, paper towels are normally a product which can be safely used inside the microwave. Students will also be able to recall the safety precautions for each appliance by the end of the unit. Part of understanding the safety precautions means students will also have to know proper cleaning techniques for the product, and the maintenance tasks which will maximize the life of each appliance.
In addition to learning the operating procedures, care, and the maintenance of each product, students will learn some of the cooking techniques which will increase their household’s usage and build upon the students’ understanding of how the appliances work. A list of recipes are given toward the end of the unit, but it is strongly urged to select other recipes if they are more suitable for your specific group’s taste.