It is essential to make use of Microwave safe particulars while cooking in the microwave. This type of kitchenware is made of materials such as glass, china clay, hard plastic or ceramic. These materials resist heat, and their composition does not affect microwave performance. Microwave ovens can also be ideal for use in regular ovens, freezers, and refrigerators, in addition to being useful for cooking and serving meals.
Microwave Cookware Buying Tips
1. Never compromise on quality. Genuine microwave parts can withstand harsh temperatures as well as rough handling, serving you for years together. Although many products have a “microwave safe” label, they do not stand up to the test of frequent use. Always go for microwave ovens manufactured by Tupperware or Pampered Chef. Other reliable manufacturers are LaCuisine, Progressive Technologies, Micro-Mac, Rubbermaid, Camco and Nordic Ware.
2. Most kitchenware such as glass bowls used in traditional ovens can be used in microwaves, but metal cookware, aluminum foil and metal-trimmed plates can cause fires and also damage the microwave mechanism. Disposable microwave ovenware should only be used for reheating and never for extended use, as the material can melt and even leach chemicals into the food. Wraps and bags made of wax paper and parchment paper, paper cups and plates, and even microwaveable paper towels can be used according to the instructions.
3. Microwave accessories should be purchased keeping in mind the size and performance of your microwave. Since most microwaves have turntables, avoid buying oversized microwave ovens or cookware with large handles that can hit the sides while spinning on the turntable.
4. Low microwave cooking that is oval or round allows uniform and faster heat distribution while rectangular or square containers can cause hot spots resulting in drying or hardening of food.
5. Buying microwave cookware sets can be cheap and they can also come with recipe booklets that show how the cookware can be used to cook various dishes. There is a wide variety of microwave items on the market including popcorn makers, egg poachers, brownie bowls, batter bowls, omelet bowls, bacon cookers, soup makers and rice cookers, to name but a few.
Other Helpful Hints
1. As the microwave cooks the inside first, the container can be cooler while the food can be extremely hot. So let the particulars of the particulars sit there for a while and remove it only when the tickling disappears.
2. The use of oven mitts or pot holders can prevent burns while removing heated items immediately after cooking, as they can become extremely hot. In addition, the steam can catch you unawares, causing burns. Therefore, in order to avoid steam burns, you must remove the lid in such a way that your fingers or arm are not caught in the steam.
3. Lids retain steam and shorten the time taken to cook. In addition, they keep food from drying out and also prevent food from being splattered or splashed around the inside of the microwave. But be careful to avoid air tight containers or containers with screw lids. Also avoid vacuum insulated containers, as they can explode due to the increase in pressure inside them.
4. When making soups and other liquids, always use vented lids that allow steam to escape and prevent spillage.
5. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions on the labels of the particular items as well as the microwave instruction manual. This will give you a good idea of what kind of items you can use in your microwave.
6. While most microwave cutlery sets are dishwasher safe, do not put them in the dishwasher unless the manufacturer specifically says so on the label .
7. Put smaller quantities of food at a time as larger quantities take longer to cook.
8. Larger pieces take longer time to cook while smaller pieces cook in comparatively less time.
9. Arrange the food so that it is cooked evenly. So put thinner parts in the center and thicker parts around the rim. Since each microwave may be different in function, always follow the instruction manual.
10. Always pierce the outer skin of potatoes and whole vegetables with a knife or fork before cooking, as the build-up of pressure can make them explode.
11. When you stir the food, the heat spreads evenly and the food cooks faster. Food such as potatoes, meat or chicken must be turned and rearranged so that it can cook evenly, as stirring is not possible.