Monday, July 7, 2014

Microwave Oven Tips and safety measures

Cooking in a microwave oven is unlike any kind of conventional cooking.


Microwaving has some ground rules:

# Don’t use traditional metal cookware in your microwave. Microwaves can’t pass through metal, so you can’t cook with traditional metal cookware.

# Never use metal containers, foil, or dishes with metal trim in the microwave.

# Don’t try recipes that require a lot of water, such as pasta, in a microwave. They don’t cook well in a microwave and will probably cook in less time on your stovetop.

# Arrange foods so that they cook evenly. Face the thickest parts, like broccoli stalks, outward toward the oven walls. Arrange foods of the same size and shape, such as potatoes, in a circle or square with space between them and no item in the center.

# Cover dishes. A cover eliminates splattering, and it also cuts down on cooking time.

# Frequently stir, turn, and rotate foods. This ensures an even distribution of heat.

# Cut foods into small pieces, if possible. Small pieces cook more quickly than large ones.

# Before cooking, use a fork to pierce foods that have skins, such as potatoes, hot dogs, and sausages. Piercing allows steam to escape that could otherwise lead to sudden popping and splattering.
  
# Be sure to use the defrost power setting (30 to 40 percent of full power) when thawing food. Doing so will ensure that the foods defrosts in a slow and even manner. Turn and rotate the food every so often also helps as you defrost.

# Always preheat oven to the required temperature before placing the cake in the oven.

Dont's :-
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Never try to repair your own microwave. It is a complex appliance that includes a magnetron, high voltage transformer, thermal protectors, and complicated circuits.

Safety measures :-
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# The foods will be very hot when removed from the oven, so use oven pads and be careful.
#  If the food is covered during cooking, make sure to leave a small portion vented, or uncovered, so steam doesn't build up and burn you when the covering is removed. 

# The foods should sit as directed in the recipe after being removed from the oven so the heat can continue to spread and dissipate. This is called 'standing time', but it is actually more cooking time. 

# Most ovens have hot spots, and if you eat the food directly from the oven, a few areas could be superheated and will burn. 

# On the flip side, there can also be cold spots where the food doesn't get hot enough to kill bacteria. Follow stirring and rotating instructions carefully. 

# Don't use metal containers unless the recipe specifically directs you to: as stated above, microwaves bounce off metal, which can cause arcing and a fire inside the oven. Some recipes may call for shielding parts of the food, especially meats, with small amounts of foil. This is perfect acceptable as long as the directions are carefully followed. 

# Make sure any glass, plastic containers, and plastic wrap you use are labeled 'microwave oven safe'. 

# Don't heat water or other liquids beyond the time recommended by the manufacturer or any recipe. Superheating can occur when plain water is heated in a clean cup for an excessive amount of time. The water will look innocuous, but when moved it can literally erupt out of the cup. Don't heat the water twice - that adds to the superheating risk. Adding sugar or coffee granules to the water will reduce the risk of superheating. 

# Never operate a microwave oven if the door is damaged or doesn't close securely. 

# Don't operate the oven while it is empty. This can also cause arcing and start a fire.

# It's also a good idea to stand 3-4 feet away from the microwave when it is operating - just to be on the safe side!
Cleaning the microwave:-
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# To easily clean the microwave, place 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice in 1 cup of water in a 2 cup liquid measuring cup. 

# Microwave on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, until the liquid is boiling. Let the liquid remain in the microwave, without opening the door, for 5 minutes. 

# Remove the measuring cup. The microwave will easily wipe clean with a paper towel.

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