Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tips on using a Microwave Oven

Position of food
Food must be placed off-center as the microwave energy disperses more to the corners and sidewalls. Items like idlis should be arranged in a circle with space among them. Chops should be arranged with the thinner areas pointing to the middle of the utensils.

Cooking utensils
Ovenware treated for high- intensity heat such as bowls, cake dishes and also bags, film, paper towels, practically any material can be used except metal. But metal can be used for the convection mode. Metallic dishes should not be also used in the combination mode. Pottery and plastic ware declared microwave-safe could be used in the common microwave oven.
Ceramic wares can also be used but make sure that they don't have any metallic rim as they may cause arcing. Food items containing high proportion of fat and sugar should not be used in glass utensils, otherwise they can be used commonly.
Melmoware and melamine wares are to be avoided; paper towels, greaseproof paper and cardboard can also be used provided they don't have any staple pins in them. Wood items can be used in the micro-oven but not for a long time.
Container shapes
This is an important factor to be noted. Dishes must be ½ or ¾ filled depending on the liquid content of the food. If the dish is too small, the food will boil over and if the dish is too large the thick curry will spread out and overcook. Shallow vessels make cooking faster. Cakes, chicken, meat and rice dishes cook well in large bottomed vessels while round dishes are ideal for cooking vegetables and curry dishes.
Safety features
·    The microwave oven door should not be subject to any strain.
·    It should not be used often and also a bang is to be avoided. Any misalignment may cause leakage of the microwave.
·    Small quantities of food with low moisture content can burn, spark, or catch fire if re-heated for long.
·    Do not operate an empty oven as it can cause damage to the oven.
·    Keep at least five cms space between the back of the oven and the wall immediately near it as it allows the exhaust air to escape.
·    Do not install the oven near gas burners or near radios or TVs.
·    Do not deep fry in the oven as it is not possible to control the temperature of the oil and it may result in catching fire easily.
·    If food catches fire turn off the oven, remove the plug out, but do not open the door of the oven.
·    Keep the interior of the oven clean as small specks of food particles inside can reduce its efficiency.
·    Do not cook eggs with the shells as they explode.
·    Do not heat food or liquids in bottles with lids closed.
·         Do not warm bottles with lids on for babies.
·         Milk or any food for kids must be heated on simmer mode only.
·         Pierce vegetables and fruits with tight skin to prevent them from bursting before cooking them.


  1. This post is lovely, useful and interesting. I've Morphy RIchards Microwave Oven. This tips will really help me in using it. In cleaning section, I use a moist cloth and try to clean wherever possible. Sometimes I use scrubber and detergent. Any thoughts on this ?

  2. Awesome post i had a great experience of this Micro Oven its very easy to operate it and very helpful for my daily life

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