Microwave Oven Do’s and Don’ts You Should Know
Microwave Ovens were introduced in the 1970s. It was slow to take off and get accepted as an effective cooking appliance. But, once it was accepted, it is used to heat cooked food in a jiffy and even cook a full meal in a matter of few minutes without having to stand in front of the appliance as you have to in the case of a stove. The timer ensures that you do not have to deal with overcooked or burnt food without having to watch out for whistles or turning around the food for cooking. However, you have got to take cognizance of the do’s and don’ts to ensure that the microwave oven is durable and the cooking is done effortlessly.
The first of the do’s list that most people tend to ignore is to read the instruction manual. This is because they are aware of how it works and feel it is a waste of time to go through the instruction manual. But, it is indeed very important to go through the instruction manual to get to know about the details like the power consumption, safety warnings, Proper operating procedures as well as safe and healthy cooking.
The other aspects include
- Use only microwave-safe containers for cooking as well as heat food and liquids. In other words only use dishes, plates and bowls with the microwave-safe mark on them for cooking
- Test containers made of glass to check if it is safe to be placed in the oven and nuke it for a minute. Use the glass dish only if it is cool or lukewarm. A warm dish means it is not microwave- safe.
- Do take pains to clean the inside of the microwave oven, including the door and the cavity, after you have used the oven every time. This ensures that there is no bacterial growth owing to the spilled food in the oven, and the germs are removed effectively before the next use.
- Be cautious when you are opening up a container that you placed in the microwave oven for cooking. This is because there could be steam build up inside it if the container were closed or even partially closed while cooking.
Always choose a good budget microwave oven for better and safe performance.
- Do not place metal containers into the oven for cooking. This can cause dangerous sparks. This applies to the usage of aluminum foil as well as other plastic or glass utensils, pots, plates, pans, bowls, etc. which feature a metal trim as well.
- Avoid using plastic containers. The plastic can melt and contaminate the food and liquid inside.
- Do not turn on the oven when it is empty. This might damage the magnetron tube as there is no food or liquid to use up the energy that is produced.
- Do not use the oven for cooking under the following circumstances
- The door is not closing properly
- The door is either bent or warped
- The latch is loose, broken or faulty
Do not try to repair it on your own; get the help of a professional.
- Do not heat breast milk or a bottle that is filled to the brim with baby formula milk. There is a possibility that the amino acids in the formula could be turned into toxic chemicals owing to the high heat it is exposed to. Similarly, the vital nutrients would be lost when breast milk is heated.
Follow the Do’s and Don’ts to cook food easily, effectively, and safely.