— Use for heating or cooking.
Paper plates and cups — Use for short-term
heating at low temperatures. Do not use
recycled paper, which may contain metal and
Wax paper — Use as a cover to prevent
Thermometers — Use only those labeled
"Microwave Safe" and follow all directions.
Check the food in several places. Conventional
thermometers may be used on microwave food
once the food has been removed from the
Aluminum foil — Use narrow strips of foil to
prevent overcooking of exposed areas.
Using too much foil can damage your oven, so
Ceramic, porcelain, and stoneware—Use
these if they are labeled "Microwave Safe". If
they are not labeled, test them to make sure
they can be used safely.
Plastic — Use only if labeled "Microwave Safe".
Your microwave makes cooking easier than
conventional cooking, provided you keep these
considerations in mind:
Stir foods such as casseroles and vegetables
while cooking to distribute heat evenly. Food at
the outside of the dish absorbs more energy
and heats more quickly, so stir from the outside
to the center. The oven will turn off when you
open the door to stir your food.
Arrange unevenly shaped foods, such as
Other plastics can melt.
Straw, wicker, and wood — Use only for
short-term heating, such as warming dinner
rolls for a few seconds. Baskets and bowls
may be flammable
Glass jars and bottles — Regular glass is too
thin to be used in a microwave. It can shatter
and cause damage and injury.
Paper bags — These are a fire hazard, except
for popcorn bags that are designed for
Styrofoam plates and cups — These can melt
and leave an unhealthy residue on food.
Plastic storage and food containers —
Containers such as margarine tubs can melt in
Metal utensils — These can damage your oven.
Remove all metal before cooking.
Should you wish to check if a dish is safe for
microwaving, place the empty dish in the oven
and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. A dish
which becomes very hot should not be used.
chicken pieces or chops, with the thicker,
meatier parts toward the outside of the turntable
where they receive more microwave energy. To
prevent overcooking, place delicate areas, such
as asparagus tips, toward the center of the
Shield food with narrow strips of aluminum foil
to prevent overcooking. Areas that need
shielding include poultry wing tips, the ends of
poultry legs, and corners of square baking
dishes. Use only small amounts of aluminum
foil. Larger amounts can damage your oven.