Well, your microwave is more about just pressing the popcorn or cake button on it! We’ve all made the microwave mistakes such as burning a cake, fork fires, chocolate eruptions, charred popcorn, and much more. But, apart from these we also make mistakes like exposing the food to plastic or chemicals or using the wrong ways of cooking, which can harm your health.
The microwave is one of the extremely useful devices in the kitchen, which you can use for many cooking purposes. But, if not used properly; it can cause glitches and will give you less performance.
Have a look at these six Microwave mistakes, which you should not make to prevent yourself from dangerous scenarios.
Common Microwave Mistakes
Using Aluminum Foils and Forks in Microwave
It is always said that “you should not use metals in the microwave.” It is because the thin points of a fork or the thin corners of aluminum sheets attract the microwave energy and heat up enough to start a fire.
You Never Use the Pause Button
Whenever we are running late; we always try to reheat or cook our food items in the microwave. But we often forgot that this way meal is often reheated halfway, and cold spots are left, which eventually becomes a breeding ground for bacteria to make you sick.
While reheating, you should always pause and stir as it will heat the food evenly and there will be no cold spots left in it.
You Don’t Follow a Regular Cleaning Schedule
One of the most common microwave mistakes that we make is not following a proper cleaning schedule.
It is essential to clean your microwave on a regular basis as it will eliminate the harmful bacteria and food particles, which can also be harmful to further cooking purposes.
Defrosting the Food Items in the Package
Defrosting or microwaving the food items in the plastic packs to retain their juices and nutrients; but, is more harmful as chemicals from the foam, or plastic packaging can get into your food.
You Always Prefer to Heat the Items on High Power
Well, it is easy to press the express buttons and cook the dishes at high power in a matter of minutes.
But, sometimes we fail to realize that foods with high water content require high power while dense and defrost foods require medium power.
All the microwaves have different power levels and using the same power for all the types of food items can cook the center of food without overcooking from the outside.
Using Microwave as a Table
The space above the microwave seems to be the tempting one, and we often utilize it to place the kitchen products, which is not recommended.
Microwaves give out the harmful radiation from all sides that may cause harm to your products. And, placing items on the top of the microwave can also reduce its performance as well.
So, now you know that what microwave mistakes you have been making and how they can be fixed. Have a look at these microwave shortcuts and recipes, which can help you, earn the badge of the best cook.
I’m Asma Sheikh, a home cook and recipe developer with a passion for all things food. On my blog (The Kitchen Advisor), you’ll find everything from healthy weeknight dinners to decadent desserts, and everything in between. So whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just getting started in the kitchen, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you to get cooking!