The dish you want to put in the microwave should be safe and suitable for use in the microwave. Otherwise, it may melt, crack or be damaged. In addition, hazardous chemicals may leak into your food if you use the wrong container. So when buying kitchen utensils, you should consider this point. But not all dishes that are safe to use in the microwave are labeled; So it’s a good idea to use an easy test to determine if your microwave oven is healthy. In this article, we will introduce the methods for testing a suitable microwave dish and the points you need to know about it.
Test the right microwave dish
1. Fill the cup with water
You can test the microwave dish with 1 cup of water in the microwave to check it.
- Find a safe glass or cup to use in the microwave and fill three-quarters of it with water;
- It is important to use a cup that you know is safe for the microwave. Otherwise, the test may not work;
- To be sure, find a cup with a microwave safety label on the bottom.
2. Place the dish in the microwave with a glass of water
- Put the glass of water and the desired container together in the microwave;
- Set the microwave to high power for 1 minute;
- If the container is so large that the cup does not fit next to it, place the cup on (or inside) the container.
3. Do a touch test
- After 1 minute, remove the cup from the microwave using oven gloves;
- Put your hand on the dish and see how hot it is;
- If the dish is hot and the water is cold, the dish is not safe to use in the microwave, or in other words, the dish is not suitable for the microwave. The heat of the container means that it absorbs heat;
- If the dish is cold and the water is hot, the dish is safe for the microwave. Cooling of the container means that it does not absorb heat;
- Note that if you place the cup of water in or on the pan, it may only heat up in the middle of the pan.
4. Label the container after the result is specified
Use a permanent marker to label the bottom of the dish with your test results to find out which dishes are safe to use in the microwave and which are not.
- You can use any labeling method you like for your dishes, for example you can mark the appropriate microwave dishes with the letter M or two wavy lines;
- Don’t forget to label unsafe dishes for the microwave. You can use an M with a line on it, or another symbol.
Ways to recognize safe dishes for the microwave
1. Look for the microwave safe label
The easiest way to check the right container for your microwave is to look for the label on the bottom. Typically, there are three things that indicate that the dish is safe to use in the microwave:
- Label with the phrase “safe in the microwave”;
- The words “microwave friendly”;
- Wavy horizontal lines.
2. Most ceramic, glass and porcelain dishes can be placed in the microwave
Most ceramic, glass and porcelain dishes are safe to use in the microwave. Exceptions are:
- Containers with colored or metal ornaments, such as gold or silver ornaments;
- The manufacturer says the dishes are not usable in the microwave;
- They have lead glaze.
3. Know the safe names for the microwave
There are several manufacturers that make heat cookers and are safe for use in the microwave. Pyrex is one of the brands whose products are suitable for microwave.
4. You can put some paper products in the microwave
Some paper products, such as greaseproof paper, are safe for the microwave. Do not use paper products with prints, logos or writing on them to ensure that no ink or color penetrates your food.
5. Know when and how to put plastic containers in the microwave
Some plastic containers and covers are made specifically for microwave safe. They do not contain plasticizers that can penetrate food. If you want to put plastic containers in the microwave, make sure they are safe to use in the microwave.
You should not
1. Do not put metals in the microwave
Putting metal in the microwave may cause sparks and fire. Be careful of the following:
- Containers and cups with metallic colors;
- Containers with metal cover or handle;
- Aluminum foil;
- metal dishes.
2. Do not place lead-glazed dishes in the microwave
Lead glaze is common in many dishes and is still used in many countries. Do not use lead-glazed containers to store or serve food, as lead can be transferred to your food. Lead is very toxic and lead consumption is harmful to health. If you put lead-glazed dishes in the microwave, even more lead can seep into the food.
Containers that typically have lead glaze include:
- Glossy or clear glazed pottery;
- Handmade tableware;
- Decorative utensils;
- Antique dishes.
3. Do not put cold food containers in the microwave
Plastic food containers for refrigerators are not designed for use in the microwave. This includes utensils made for:
- Butter or margarine;
4. Do not use brown paper products
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service states that if the microwave is safe for white paper products, the brown paper products should not be placed in the microwave. The same site recommends that you do not put the newspaper in the microwave.
What is your experience of using the wrong dish in the microwave? What happened? What did you learn from it? Tell us about your tricks for finding the right microwave dish.