We have been used to the convenience of the microwave whenever we are in our kitchen. From letting us preheat leftovers to preparing our meal, our dear microwave has been there for us. But did you know that there are some ways or uses that microwaves do not encourage? To make sure that you are not doing any of these, we have come up with the top seven ways we are using the microwave the wrong way.
- The microwave, whether it is the most expensive, such as the KitchenAid Architect Series II KBHS109SSS or the cheapest, such as the KENWOOD K20MSS15 Solo Microwave, should not be used with any metals, aluminum foils, or metal trimmings. It does not matter if the material is entirely made of these or just a portion (even just a little portion) because items with these are a fire starter.
- Apart from metals, aluminum foils, or metal trimmings, papers, such as paper bags, plastic bags, and newspapers are also a big no-no when using the microwave. According to the USDA, ““They are not sanitary, may cause a fire, and may emit toxic fumes. Intense heat may cause a bag to ignite, causing a fire in the oven.” So before you place that food inside the microwave, make sure to peel off the paper.
- While there are microwave-ready plastic containers, these are still not fully advisable to be used in microwaves. Many of these might have estrogen-like chemicals, such as BPA (bisphenol A), and these can leach into your food when the plastic is heated. When this happens, BPA could obstruct with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones.
- Microwave sure emits enormous heat, which is why some have thought of boiling food in it, but be aware if you plan to boil eggs (hard boiled). The rapid heat from the microwaves generates a lot of steam in the egg, and this steam has nowhere to go! With nowhere to go, the egg could explode causing a big mess or burning your hand!
- The general idea about microwave is that it heats foods, which is often used when defrosting. However, when defrosting meat and breast milk, do not forget to double-check if your microwave has a turntable that rotates. If it does not, like that of Flat Panasonic Microwace Oven, then opt for the conventional method of defrosting. Why? The absence of the turntable could lead to uneven distribution of heat, and this would allow bacteria to grow. Also, the outer area of the meat will start to heat whereas the inner portion will remain frozen. Moreover, others have reported that when defrosting milk using a microwave without the turntable, some of breast milk’s immune-boosting proteins could be destroyed.
- Warm fruits seem nice, but did you know that some fruits are not advisable to be heated via microwave? For example, grapes will explode. Others, such as peppers, could release chemicals that could irritate your eyes and throat.
- Finally, if you think using the microwave without putting anything in it is safe, you are absolutely wrong. The magnetron, which makes the microwave function, ends up absorbing the microwaves instead, and this can damage your microwave and worst even start a fire.
Are you guilty of doing any of these? Good thing that with this list on your hand, you now have a better knowledge about how not to use your microwave.