Nowadays, almost every middle-class household has a microwave oven. It is a very convenient appliance for a busy household. You can use it for heating food quickly and hassle-free, and for your sudden popcorn cravings as well! However, there are certain basic rules you should follow to use your microwave that will be safer and more efficient. Microwave ovens are available from many brands, with many different features. These are the basic microwave do’s and don’ts tips and we are busting some myths too, so stay hooked to the end!
Some Microwave DO’S and DON’TS You Should Know
We have sorted out the Microwave do’s and don’ts you need to ensure, so by the end, you will be much more sorted.
1. DON’T Put Metal Containers in the Oven
Metal containers can create sparks when in the microwave oven, and it might even lead to fires if left unattended. Make sure you never do that as it might cause an accident.
2. DO Use Ceramic, Glass, and Microwavable utensils in the Oven
Always use containers and plates made of ceramic, glass, and microwave-safe plastic to put your food in the microwave oven. This assures the safety of you and your family with the safe usage of the oven.
3. DON’T Leave your Food Uncovered
It is something that most of us miss. That is because it is not compulsory for every kind of food. If your food contains liquid or fat, it might tend to explode or splatter all over your microwave oven. Geez, that would be messy! So cover everything while heating or cooking, it will also help cook quicker and more consistently. This way, you can avoid any mess and just relish your delicious food.
4. DO Clean the Oven Often
You should always make sure that your microwave oven is clean. A dirty, grimy microwave oven is prone to lead to the growth of bacteria. This will surely harm your health and making you sick. So, try to often wipe your oven with a wet, clean cloth (use some detergent for the stubborn grim). Hot water is very effective too. Do not wipe only the sides and the bottom, but the top surface also. After all, a clean, gleaming oven accentuates the tidiness of your kitchen!
5. DON’T Cook All the Food Together
Different food items need different timespans to cook. A dense food will take more time to cook than something that has more liquid in it. A bowl of soup will not take as much time required to heat solid food like steak. Therefore, you must know the time required for a certain food item to cook or heat.
6. DO Keep a Check on Your Food
Of course, you are multitasking, duh! But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to leave your food unattended. Different types of food items react differently in the microwave. For example, eggs can explode in the microwave even before they reach the hard-boiled stage (Pro tip: Try to avoid boiling eggs in the microwave oven. Even if you do, cover it while cooking). In short, checking on your food frequently will reduce the chances of microwave mess-ups and make your work easier.
7. DON’T Connect other Appliances to the Same Circuit
It’s best not to connect other electronic appliances to the same circuit as the microwave oven. It has high chances of reduced electrical energy and that might affect your cooking and harm the oven as well.
8. DO be Cautious While Thawing Meat
Many people will warn you about thawing meat in the microwave. They are not completely wrong, as thawing a solid chunk of meat in the oven can be a bit difficult. However, it is surely not impossible if you are cautious and vigilant enough, and keep a check on the meat from time to time. Make sure the temperature is perfect to let the meat thaw, and not cook, as that might lead to complications later.
9. DON’T be Afraid of Heating till Steaming or Bubbling
You must let the food heat until it bubbles or gets steaming hot. To get a perfectly heated dish, your food should let it heat till 75 degrees Celcius. Especially if the food has liquid in it, you need to heat it till it’s bubbling. That will ensure that your food is perfectly and consistently heated. We know how irritating inconsistent heating and heat spots can be, so, pro tip: after heating the food half-way, stir it up a bit. That would ensure better heating of your food!
10. DO Follow the Instructions of your Microwave Meal
If you are planning to cook a warm microwave meal, you should always remember to follow the instructions that come with the food. Most of the time, it’s mentioned in the wrapper the food comes in. It will tell you how long you should cook the food.
- Why shouldn’t we use plastic wrappings or containers in the microwave oven?
The high temperature of the microwave oven can make the plastic melt. That’s not at all okay for your food, neither the container.
However, you can always opt for microwave-safe plastic containers.
- Why shouldn’t I microwave hot peppers?
Trust me, you won’t want to after we tell you why. The microwave heat can cause the hot peppers to catch fire. While burning, the peppers release a chemical that will sting your eyes and throat. So, just DON’T do this.
- Can I microwave fresh fruits?
You can, but you SHOULDN’T. Fresh fruits can burst in the oven and even catch fire. Fruits also lose lots of nutrients when exposed to too much heat, thus reducing their health benefits.