Baking in a microwave oven is common today. It became very popularized with the invention of the convection oven. If your microwave does not have this mode then you cannot bake in the microwave.
Baking in an oven is the same as microwave convection. It is a combination mode of convention plus micro that helps bake faster than the standard oven.
A microwave oven on its own is not capable of baking.
A microwave is a gadget that is used for heating and it throws microwaves horizontally and helps heat up whatever you are choosing to heat up.
A heating system of a microwave plus an oven throws heat from all sides and helps in a baking process. The convection mode is a term used by manufacturers when they market microwaves that also do baking.
The technical aspects are following:
Convection microwaves offer a quick cooking feature with browning, it offers the full cooking of a traditional oven. It does not just heat the inside of the food but a convection microwave browns and cooks the outside of your food. Regular microwaves are microwaves that balance and contact the food and then heats or cooks the food.
A convection uses technology that forces the air movement and heat up the full interior of the microwave and cooks food from the inside out. You can use convection microwaves to bake and roast things that would be cooked too quickly in a regular microwave.
In the USA and UAE microwave ovens are not marketed as being capable of baking.
You will need to make sure that your device has a convection mode if you want to bake cookies cakes or pizzas.
Again if the microwave oven does not have convection mode it is not capable of
You cannot bake in a simple basic microwave. A simple microwave will help you cook a cake but it cannot give you a brown crust.
You may want to decide if you want a microwave oven or a basic microwave.
A microwave with the convection mode is the best value for your money. If you do not plan on doing any baking you can buy only a microwave, which costs you much less.
If you are cooking or baking and a microwave convection you will use the same temperature and time setting that you would in a standard oven.
If you are baking in a microwave convection both modes micro plus convection serve the same purpose. The difference is that micro plus convection mode runs on a micro mode for some time and then convection mode for the rest of the time. This can make the food at varying levels of heat at different points in time.
An example would be if you set the total time is 30 minutes, the device runs on micro mode for 30% of the time and the 70% rest of the time on convection.
The percentage division depends entirely on your device and model.
Many manufacturing companies argue that the micro plus convection mode cooks or bakes the food faster than a simple convection mode. This seems logical.
Standard microwave-safe utensils for heating and oven safe utensils are good for baking.
Currently microwave ovens or even standard ovens have automated options for preheating where you just need to select the temperature and start preheating.
The difference of the taste of food cooked in a microwave convection versus a standard oven is minimal but there is an opinion that a standalone oven is better.
However most of the time a microwave convection comes pretty close without any considerable difference.
Oven recipes can be used in microwave convections without any changes. Both the temperature settings can be the same.
Do not use the plastic base utensils that come with microwave oven purchases as they will melt.
To determine the difference between microwave heating and baking in a microwave oven you will need to have the different modes set before you start baking. Make sure you set the oven bake mode before you start to bake. Normally the default mode is microwave heating.
One is able to grill on the glass turntable of the microwave convection grill. The only difference is that the lower portion of the food item may not grill well. So if you want to have it absolutely perfect it may be necessary to use your grill.