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by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine

The 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 acceptable manner.

Cold 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.

One 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.

There 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 not use.

You 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.

When 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.

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September 23, 2017

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