The key ingredients, to fine microwaving dishes, entail acquiring the right utensils. Primarily, microwaving requires good cookware. Great cookware is developed from heat-resistant glass; China pottery; glass-ceramic oven-ware; and glass-ceramic dinnerware, as well.
MICROWAVABLE COOKWARE AND UTENSILS
Those particular types of utensils come in a variety of shapes, too (e.g. baking dishes, pie plates, bowls, saucers, and cups). However, there are certain materials that remain unacceptable for microwave use (e.g. stainless steel; aluminum; copper; plastic with invisible metallic content; crystal or cut glass; and bottles and jars with restricted openings). Importantly, be aware of what you choose to use for microwave recipes.
Now that the cookware has been established, other materials will be introduced. The materials: paper, Styrofoam, and straw-wood tend to be very useful, during microwaving endeavors.
Paper. For your information, paper towels; napkins; and wax paper are useful for microwave use that is extremely short-term. However, prolonged cooking can cause paper to scorch or burn. Additionally, paper can get soggy if the food becomes moist or greasy.
Plastic Film. Chiefly, there are wraps that can be cut to fit, in order to be used as a cover over a dish. Once again, plastic is not meant to be used for prolonged use. Adversely, the plastic film will tend to become sticky and difficult to remove from the food surface, as a result; some plastic films may shrink, as well.
Plastic Dishes. Favorably, plastic dishes are short-term microwave friendly utensils. They are primarily used for reheating foods. On the contrary, plastic dishes are not recommended for reheating or cooking dense foods (i.e. gravies, meat sauces, foods); can become so hot that the plastic will melt and distort in shape, as a result.
Styrofoam. Only use Styrofoam to heat bread or bring water to quick boil; short-term usage only.
THE SIMPLEST WAY TO TEST A DISH
- Fill a glass measuring cup (8 oz.) with water.
- Place the container in the dish to be tested.
- Microwave on HIGH for 1 ¼ minutes.
- Check the dish and the water accordingly.
Condition After Testing
Cool dish; very warm water.
Dish is ok for microwave use.
Warm water; dish edges are warm.
Considered a short-term utensil.
Hot dish; water is lukewarm.
DON’T USE THE DISH IN MICROWAVE!
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