5 Microwave Safety Tips for Culinary Purposes

by Rob Sutter
If you do not feel like investing a half hour to an hour preparing food, there's nothing wrong with microwaving now and again. This is ideal if you have satisfying leftovers from the night prior that you want to indulge in. In addition, it can be argued that this is one of the safer methods to utilize since you do not have to worry so much about heat and the like. This doesn't mean you should overlook the importance of safety and you'll recognize this point during your time in cooking school.

Seeing as how microwaves are simple enough to use, this piece isn't meant to teach you how to utilize them but instead how to utilize them safely. For those who are looking to use microwaves more often for culinary purposes when time isn't as doable, here are 5 of the most important microwave safety tips you should recognize.

1. Be mindful of certain materials. It's important to note that not all materials are safe to microwave. For example, if you were to place a plastic container into a microwave for the purpose of heating its contents, the plastic in question will run the risk of melting. What this means is that you must use more microwave-friendly tools so that you do not break your microwave, which will force you to pick up a new one.

2. Don't use your microwave for thick foods. According to culinary schools like the Culinary Institute of St. Louis, microwaves typically don't work well with thicker meals. To better illustrate this point, everything from Sicilian pizza to eggplant parmigiana would be heated much more effectively through stoves. Microwaves are best utilized for other foods.

3. Microwaves aren't meant for simple defrosting. While most culinary novices will think that microwaves can speed up the defrosting process, this isn't necessarily the case. The reason for this is because if you go about thawing in this way, you have to go about cooking your food immediately, which can be nerve-racking for a number of people. To put it simply, defrosting should be done the old-fashioned way.

4. Use aluminum only when directed. In most cases, you will be told not to use aluminum during the microwaving process, since it's one of the quicker ways to start a fire in the kitchen. For this reason alone, it is crucial to use aluminum only when you are told to do so. Certain recipes and meals will tell you when you have to but even then you must exercise caution since you may never know what will happen otherwise.

5. Don't throw away the user manual. After you purchase a new microphone, you will unbox the contents and find a small book inside. This user manual goes over not only the functionality associated with your microwave but warning and safety details as well. It's because of said details that you would be wise to keep the user manual around, even if you believe that you can figure this gadget out on your own.

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