Microwaves have been an integral part of everyday life of modern people. Now we are already very difficult to imagine how we ever managed without this miracle of household appliances. They can very easy and fast heat up (and sometimes bring to readiness) a huge amount of food, and the microwave takes up little space in the kitchen. Despite the versatility and usefulness, there are a few rules that we must adhere to in order to extend the period of the use and, in fact, stay safe, because sometimes misuse can lead to very unpleasant results.
In today’s review we will list 12 products and things you should never microwave. So, to keep the microwave and your favorite dishes safe and sound, do not reheat in the microwave the following items.
12 things you should never heat in the microwave
1. Breast milk
Studies have shown that heating of breast milk in a microwave oven is dangerous not only because of the probable uneven warming of liquid; it is dangerous for sensitive baby’s mouth. The most important thing is the high-temperature heat can destroy the immune-stimulating proteins of breast milk, which greatly reduces the beneficial properties.
2. Label “safe for reheating in the microwave”
Even if the label on the new plastic container or dish tells you that it can be reheated in the microwave, it is advisable to be careful with this. The fact that for such statements manufacturer is not required to formally test how products are safe after being heated, that is why you may burn your fingers, taking a dish from the microwave.
Do not let the Internet mislead you: the idea to cook eggs in the microwave is doomed to failure. At best, you just burn your fingers when you try to get them out, at worst – expect big explosion inside the technique and get ready to wash the consequences. Rapid heat from microwaves produces a lot of steam inside the egg, which accumulates under the shell and behaves quite unpredictable.
4. Plastic containers
According to the research, many types of plastics contain estrogen similar to substances, which are able to penetrate the food when plastic heats in a microwave. Officially these studies state that 95% of plastic products gave out these substances after their pre-heated in a microwave.
5. Your old mug
Some of the old mugs made before the 60s were made using materials that could contain lead and other heavy metals. Sending the old mug in the microwave is rather dangerous occupation. However, and just drink out of this cup is not recommended is better to put it on the shelf and make nice decor of your kitchen.
Frozen pieces of meat is difficult to defrost in the microwave. The reason is thin edges begin to bake, and a thicker middle, remains icy. And if your microwave does not have the rotation function during cooking, it can also lead to non-uniform distribution of heat, allowing harmful bacteria to grow inside the meat. The safest way to defrost meat is the old fashioned way. Just put meat from freezer to refrigerator at nighttime.
7. Styrofoam containers
Such plastic containers with thick walls are mostly used for take away food, as this material has sufficient strength and is able to keep the heat inside. But as the type of plastic the Styrofoam is not safe material because it can release harmful chemicals into the food when heated in a microwave oven.
8. A glass of water
Look at this video what happen if to microwave a glass of water:
When water is heated a long time in a ceramic or glass dish, the bubbles may not be formed, which tend to cool the liquid. The water becomes superheated, and heats the dishes. This fact can bring the burnt of your fingers when you’ll get the dishes out of the microwave. To avoid this, it is advisable to heat the water only a few seconds, or if it is necessary to heat the contents longer, better to do it several times.
9. Chinese Take-Out containers
In some authentic Chinese restaurants you will be offered to pack your favorite noodles in a paper box with a thin metal handle. You can guess that the handle is the main reason for which such containers must not be heated in the microwave, as this idea is quite a fire hazard. Better before warming up the food move it in a secure container.
10. The metal utensils
I think everyone knows that to heat metal objects in microwave is not recommended. Usually it begins to sparkle. And if the utensils became aluminum it can take fire. Also it concerns the aluminum foil, otherwise you will see a fire
11. Plate with metallic trim
Remember that any metal can destroy you microwave even small metallic trim on your favorite mug or plate
In the absence of inside microwave food or liquid that can be absorbed by microwave, magnetron, which is generating these microwaves, begins to absorb their own. This process can harm the microwave, and may result in accidental fire. Make sure you do not accidentally press the “Start” button without food or drink inside.
Things that explode in the microwave
Basically, almost everything can explode in microwave. It can be empty microwave or microwave with food. The Most explosive products are eggs. Heat from microwave creates the steam inside the egg. As a result, the steam, inside egg can only explodes, as there is no way to go out. In regards things, ensure that you never put any metal and aluminum items in your technique, as it can make a fire.
Egg exploded in the microvawe (video):
Probably, some of you have some reason to heat up the wood. Can you put wood in a microwave? Exactly this question is popular nowadays. We can tell you that it is really dangerous, but if you watch the microwave all the time, the process of heating up will be under your control. If accidentally you heat it up too long it can start burning. So just be careful.
There is also very popular question is it safe to use wax paper in the microwave? The answer is more yes than no. Most of wax paper is created special for using it in microwave. So just carefully read the label.
Try to keep in mind all information mentioned above and you will be wondered how much is safe and comfortable cooking and reheating in microwave.