Aluminum foil — Use narrow strips of foil to
prevent overcooking of exposed areas. Using
too much foil can damage your oven, so be
careful. You should keep distance of 1 inch
(2.54cm) between aluminum foil and cavity.
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". Other plastics can melt.
Glass jars and bottles — Regular glass is too
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
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 turntable.
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.
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.
Turn foods over midway through cooking to
expose all parts to microwave energy. This is
especially important with large foods such as
Foods cooked in the microwave build up
internal heat and continue to cook for a few
minutes after heating stops. Let foods stand to
complete cooking, especially foods such as
cakes and whole vegetables. Roasts need this