Tips on safe microwave cooking
The speed and convenience of microwave cooking has ensured the popularity of these appliances, which can be used for thawing, reheating, and cooking.
- To minimize uneven cooking, stir the food once or twice during microwaving, arrange foods uniformly, and turn large items over halfway through cooking.
- Remove plastic wraps and foam trays from shop-bought frozen food before thawing as these might melt and allow chemicals to be absorbed by the food.
- Frozen meat and poultry may begin to cook during thawing in the microwave and should be cooked immediately after.
- Never use any metal or foil utensils or wraps in the microwave oven; this includes recycled or coloured kitchen towel and newspapers, which may contain metal.
- If microwaves are used to heat baby food, always stir well to ensure even cooking and no hot spots.
- Use a meat thermometer or probe (see Using a food thermometer) to check that food has reached a safe temperature. Check in several places when cooking large pieces of meat.
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