Microwave do’s and don’ts

Goodsworth: Microwave do’s and don’ts

Microwaving food is one of the easiest and fastest ways to heat up your food. All you have to do is to chuck in some cold or frozen food and you have yourself a hot and tasty meal within minutes! However, most people use microwaves dangerously without even noticing it.

Three various ways of heating food are indirect, direct and microwave. In essence, direct heating is on the stovetop which allows the heat to go directly into the food. Meanwhile, indirect heating is in the oven where the food is heated through the air surrounding the food. 

Microwave does not heat up the air or the food directly just like direct and direct heating. What it does is produce microwaves that pass through the food which then generates heat. Such waves can be dangerous if they pass through certain things or are used excessively. This is why there are various do’s and don’ts you should know about when microwaving food. Learn all about them by reading below:

Don’t use metal bowls or utensils

Using metal containers when microwaving food is a bad idea since they tend to shield and spark. You can use plastic containers instead as long as they are suitable for the microwave. Chemicals won’t leach into the food depending on the quality of the plastic container you use. 

Always check the plastic container and see if they are designed to be microwaved. If you see squiggly lines at the bottom of the container, it means the plastic is microwave safe which means you can reheat the food at ease.

Don’t reheat all foods at the same time

Make sure not to chuck all the items you need to reheat inside the microwave at the same time. Keep in mind that various foods need to be heated at different times and temperatures. Generally, the denser the food is, the longer it needs to be reheated compared to those with higher liquid content.

For example, soups and stews heat quicker but they will also lose heat quicker. Steaks or potatoes, on the other hand, will heat slower but hold their heat longer.

Do stir food once in a while

Every microwave has a turning table so the waves will reach all the parts of the food. But still, not all parts will be heated thoroughly. Since the product is being turned, the food will not get consistent heating. Make sure to stir the food once in a while to spread the heat.

Do heat the food to at least 75°

Heat your food until it bubbles or steams which can be achieved if it reaches at least 75°. To make sure you get the optimum temperature, put the food in a shallow dish. Then heat it on ‘high’ for at least 2 to 3 minutes depending on what kind of food it is. You can check it halfway to give it a good stir. If it isn’t steaming or bubbling, put it back in for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Do cover your food inside the microwave

Make sure to cover your food, especially if there is fat or liquid in there since it can tend to explode. Buy a microwave cover lid or at least use a paper towel to prevent the food from splattering inside the appliance.

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