There is no denying the amazing convenience a microwave offers. This kitchen tool has made our life so much easier. But in spite of the benefits, are we truly aware of the dangers of microwave cooking?
Almost every household has a microwave resting idly on their kitchen aisle. I know many of us use it just to reheat food or thaw frozen dinners. If you are using microwave for heating dinners, you are missing out on very useful features of microwave.
The features of a microwave offer are remarkable. Yes, they do cook or heat our food in mere seconds. Modern day microwave are considered safe to cook our everyday food, still certain precautions we should take while cooking in microwave. Here are few things you should know for microwave cooking.
Cooking In Microwave
I love LG Microwaves, they come equipped with auto cook menu for all everyday Indian dishes and other popular recipes. Since I love to make mouth-watering and easy recipes in the microwave I am sharing my three microwave tricks and recipes that are useful for daily Indian cooking.
Moreover, cooking in a Microwave is tasty, less messy and healthy too. It gives you a perfect result, if you know the recipe and be careful with the timing. Most of the recipes from healthy and tasty appetizers to traditional desserts here are my top recipes you can cook in a microwave.
Here are few things to keep in mind while using your microwave.
Oven Safe Containers
One most important point while cooking in microwave comes is using plastic containers. Most often people buy plastic containers which are marked"oven safe" thinking these do not cause health hazards while cooking in microwave. But in actual most of the times When we buy a microwave oven safe container it means that the container won’t break the microwave but that does not mean hazardous chemicals from the plastic will not get into the food. So, I suggest always use good quality microwave oven safe containers.
According to a recent study, harmful chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA), Nitrates, and Perchlorate are released by plastic containers or other food packaging materials.
- Bisphenols such as BPA which are often found on the lining of the cans increases body fat, may decrease fertility and impact the nervous system.
- Nitrates or Nitrites which are often found in processed meat can increase the chances of the thyroid and
- Perchlorate which is added in dry food packaging can affect early brain development.
When you heat a glass of water in a microwave since the water doesn’t form bubbles it tends to overheat and might burn your skin. To avoid overheating, put any object inside the glass and then heat it.
Cooking Thicker Pieces Of Food
When you cook thicker food like meat or chicken pieces in a microwave, there is a chance it’s not cooked well and the food is raw from inside.
This is because the heat from the microwave doesn’t penetrate well inside thicker foods and the potential bacteria spread inside the food.
To keep the food safe from bacteria the easy method is to leave the food in the microwave for several minutes after the cooking is done. The energy inside the microwave will prevent the food from potentially harmful bacteria.
Damaged or Dirty Door Seals
If your microwave door is damaged or dirty consider contacting the service center. The improperly sealed dirty damaged door is the premier cause of radiation leakage in a microwave.
Avoid placing a sipping cup directly inside the microwave. Since a microwave warms milk unevenly, it may burn your child’s sensitive mouth.
Prior to boiling eggs in a microwave, make a small hole in the egg. The hole will prevent the egg from forming vapours and it won’t burst while heating.
Most metals like stainless steel reflect microwave energy so it is often advised to stay clear of such containers. You can always use glass or ceramic dishes that are marked microwave safe. However metal containers can be used in certain microwave cooking modes like grill, charcoal cooking and some autocook menues. Do check the manual that comes with your microwave for details.
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