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Kitchen appliances make your life easier. Take a look inside the kitchen appliances you use all the time and learn how they work, from refrigerators to garbage disposals.
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How Microwave Cooking Works

Microwave ovens are popular because they cook food in an amazingly short amount of time. They are also extremely efficient in their use of electricity because a microwave oven heats only the food -- and nothing else.

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  • Are retro kitchens making a comeback?
    Are retro kitchens making a comeback?

    Despite the conveniences of modern kitchen appliances, some homeowners are opting for a more minimalist, retro style. Is mid-century back in fashion? See more »

  • Can I go without a refrigerator?
    Can I go without a refrigerator?

    Your refrigerator keeps your milk cold, your veggies crisp and your leftovers ready to see a new day. Why would someone want to unplug that boxy center of the kitchen? See more »

  • How Beer Kegs Work
    How Beer Kegs Work

    It's the centerpiece of many festive occasions. It keeps beer fresh and makes it portable. So how is it designed and manufactured? And where does it go when its party days are over? See more »

  • How Blenders Work
    How Blenders Work

    What do chefs, bartenders and geneticists have in common? They all use blenders. A blender is an appliance you can't live without if you want to turn solid ingredients into liquid deliciousness. See more »

  • How Bone China Works
    How Bone China Works

    There’s a certain mystique to fine bone china -- have you ever wondered why? Lenox is the only manufacturer of bone china in the United States and they’ve even produced china for five U.S. presidents. Take a trip inside the Lenox factory with HowStuffWorks. See more »

  • How can I get the most out of my kitchen appliances?
    How can I get the most out of my kitchen appliances?

    A toaster oven is just a toaster oven, right? When it comes to kitchen appliances, chances are you aren't using them to their full potential. See more »

  • How can I tell if the light in my refrigerator goes off or not when I close the door?
    How can I tell if the light in my refrigerator goes off or not when I close the door?

    This will sound like a joke, but it's not: How can I tell for sure if the light in my refrigerator goes off or not when I close the door? See more »

  • How Coffee Makers Work
    How Coffee Makers Work

    Every morning you scoop in the coffee, add the water and turn it on, but have you ever wondered what is happening inside your coffee maker? Find out how that precious gadget delivers your wake-up dose. See more »

  • How Dishwashers Work
    How Dishwashers Work

    Learn how a dishwasher gets the job done, how to use one properly and what features to look for when buying a dishwasher. See more »

  • How does a frost-free refrigerator work?
    How does a frost-free refrigerator work?

    If you have an old refrigerator or one of the small dorm refrigerators, you know all about the frost that forms around the coils that cool the freezer. Learn how newer refrigerators keep this frost from forming. See more »

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