How to use your microwave – The Dummies Guide

Found yourself left with a big mess to clean up after using the microwave? Food not cooked properly all the way through? Then you need to remind yourself of the basics when it comes to microwave use.

Your microwave may seem like the easiest and most convenient appliance in your kitchen – and it is – but little mistakes can cause big problems, so follow these tips carefully…

  1. Don’t put metal in your microwave – it’s the most common mistake that people make. Ensure that you only use microwave safe cookware and don’t leave any pieces of metal cutlery inside
    Microwaves can’t pass through metal, so cooking will be very uneven, and some parts may not even cook at all.
  2. Arrange foods so that they cook evenly – Microwaves cook from the outside inwards, so arrange foods carefully with the thickest parts (such as broccoli stalks) outwards. Keep foods of the same shape and size together in a circle and try to avoid putting food in the centre. This will ensure that everything cooks evenly
  3. Cover dishes – this will eliminate the risk of any splashes and it also cuts down on cooking time
  4. Frequently stir, turn and rotate your food – this ensures an even distribution of heat
  5. Before cooking foods with hard skins, such as potatoes and sausages, use a fork to pierce the skins – this allows steam to escape, avoiding the risk of them popping and splattering.

And our top tip for cleaning your microwave…

Mix a cup of water with ¼ cup of vinegar together in a bowl. Pop it in your microwave and heat for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dirty your microwave is

Once done, leave the bowl in there with the door closed for a couple of minutes to give it some time to work.

Remove the bowl and wipe the clean your microwave – it should come off without any scrubbing required!

We found these tips here, take a look for other microwave cooking tips

About microwaveexpert

The Microwave Service Company is based in Sellindge, Kent and provides repairs to Domestic and Commercial Microwave Ovens including 24 volt Samsung Roadmate microwaves.
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2 Responses to How to use your microwave – The Dummies Guide

  1. Don says:

    Can heating old glass jars used for canning hurt a microwave?

    • As long as the jars are not empty. microwaves heat by making molecules of moisture move and thus get warm. if the jar (or even plates and any other cookware ) are heated whilst empty there is no moisture present and the magnetron – which produces the microwaves – will end up cooking itself and this will shorten the life of the oven considerably and may even cause arcing inside the cavity.

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