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What Shouldn't Be Used in a Microwave

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A magnetron in the microwave oven produces microwaves that reflect off the metal floor, walls, and ceiling and pass through the turntable and appropriate cookware to the food. Microwaves are attracted to and absorbed by fat, sugar, and water molecules in the food, causing them to move, producing friction and heat, which cooks the food.

How to Use Your Microwave?

  • Do not lean on or allow children to swing on the microwave oven door to avoid damage to the microwave oven.
  • To avoid damage to the microwave oven, do not operate the microwave oven when it is empty.
  • Baby bottles and baby food jars should not be heated in the microwave oven.
  • Clothes, flowers, fruit, herbs, wood, gourds, and paper, including brown paper bags and newspaper, should not be dried in the microwave oven.
  • Paraffin wax will not melt in the microwave oven because it does not absorb microwaves.
  • Use oven mitts or pot holders when removing containers from the microwave oven.
  • Do not overcook the potatoes. At the end of the recommended cook time, they should be slightly firm. Let the potatoes stand for 5 minutes. They will finish cooking while standing.
  • Do not cook or reheat whole eggs inside the shell. Steam buildup in whole eggs may cause them to burst, requiring significant cleanup of the microwave oven cavity. Cover poached eggs and allow a standing time.
  • Metal cookware and bakeware, gold, silver, pewter, non-approved meat thermometers, skewers, twist ties, foil liners such as sandwich wrappers, staples, and objects with gold or silver trim or a metallic glaze should not be used in the microwave oven.

CLICK HERE to watch a video on how to use your microwave.

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