microwave is nothing new by now, it was such a marvel when it was launched.
Homemakers have been looking for this “magic device!” Now, they thought,
they would be able to prepare instantaneous meals. We have since discovered that
it is wonderfully convenient, especially for warming and foods and defrosting,
however, there are limitations to its ability to cook many foods in an
spots are a problem with microwave cooking. This is due to the unequal paths the
micro “waves” enter the oven and are impregnated into the food. This uneven
absorption causes irregular cooking, or “cold spots”. These areas invite the
growth of surviving bacteria, which can in turn, cause illness. Nonetheless,
there are methods of cooking meats and other foods in the microwave, that will
safeguard against this potential problem.
of the conveniences of microwaves is the ability to defrost frozen foods, in a
short while. Food should be removed from the packaging and place on
microwave-safe containers. Trays and plastic covering are not secure with high
temperatures. The Styrofoam trays can emit chemicals into the food, which is not
healthy. Once thawed, food should be cooked with a period of two hours.
are many choices for microwave cooking utensils in the market. If you are
uncertain as to the microwave safety of items you have around the home, here is
a surefire method of testing. Place in the microwave a glass-measuring cup with
6 to 8 ounces of water inside; place the container for testing, empty, next to
the glass cup. Use the high setting for one minute, if the utensil in question
remains cool to touch it is considered microwave safe, however, if it is hot, do
most likely have in your kitchen utensils that are safe for use, including
glass, ceramic glass cookware, and any item that is identified for microwave
use. Although convenient, do not use plastic containers containing margarine, or
any other similar products. The plastic containers can melt, and cause chemicals
to seep into your food. It is imperative that you “not” use brown paper
bags. Any thin plastic should be kept from contacting food directly, if it melts
it would contaminate the food. Wax paper and oven cooking bags or parchment
paper and microwavable paper towels should be safe.
re-heating foods, make sure it is “hot” at least 165 degrees. To obtain an
even heat, cover the foods, this holds moisture in and tends to establish an
even heating. It is not advisable to heat baby formula or baby food in a
microwave, because of the irregular heating, if this is done, be sure to stir
and shake thoroughly. Check the temperature before serving.