We love to microwave our food, especially when there’s no time left and you’re in a rush. However, there are a few exceptions that can’t be put inside a microwave. So what are they? Continue reading down below to find out.
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- If you think that hard boiling
eggs using a microwave is a good thing, then think again. Doing so is a recipe
for disaster. The heat inside the microwave will create a lot of steam in the
egg, thus, resulting in it to explode. Save yourself from the mess and boil it
- Want to defrost frozen meat
using a microwave? Stop! It’s not possible. What will happen is that the
thinner edges start cooking while the middle will remain in its frozen state.
This leads to an uneven heat distribution that can lead to bacteria growth. Why
not defrost it normally by taking it out from the freezer at night? You will
have ready to cook meat when the morning comes.
- Microwaving breastmilk will
warm it unevenly and can also create scalding hot spots, making your little one
having a hard time to drink it. As a bonus, it will also destroy your
breastmilk’s nutrients, especially when being microwaved at high power.
- Chinese Takeout Boxes
- Most Chinese restaurants have
these metal holders for these takeout boxes, which is not microwavable. Try
putting it inside a microwave, and you have yourself a cozy fire started by
your microwave. Why not put the contents inside a bowl and microwave that
instead? It’ll save you time and trouble.
- Plastic Containers
- This is the most common thing
that shouldn’t ever be put inside a microwave, yet people still do. Here’s why
it’s bad: Plastic contains estrogen-like chemicals that can leach into your
food once the plastic is heated. Do yourself a favor and empty the contents on
a plate and microwave that instead.
- Anything that’s made from
Styrofoam; be it cups or containers is also a no go for microwaves. Just like
plastic, it releases harmful chemicals once heated.
- Metallic Wares
- Have some metallic-trimmed
bowls or fancy looking china plates? Then better keep them away from the
microwave then. The metallic rimming will react to the microwave’s heat, which
can cause trouble. Don’t be lazy and use a microwavable plate instead.
- Travel Mug
- Travel mugs are great. They are
portable, versatile, can keep the heat inside your cup. However, don’t ever put
them inside the microwave. Why? Because these stainless steel mugs will heat up
and may damage your microwave. Do yourself a favor and use a standard
microwavable mg instead when heating something up.
- Leaving it On
- Stop playing around with your
microwave. If you’re having nostalgia because it looks like old generation TV’s
with buttons on the side, then stop that. Heating nothing will damage your
microwave and may even start a fire. Always keep it unplugged whenever you have
- Plain Water
- Heating plain water inside a
ceramic or glass container using a microwave is a recipe for disaster. When you
do, water becomes superheated. Whenever you try to move the cup, it will erupt
into boiling water. To avoid this kind of situation, only heat it for longer
- Your “Favorite” Mug
- If your grandma has a favorite
mug that was still dated back in the 80s, then tell her that those things
shouldn’t be microwaved. This is because most of these “ancient” mugs are made
from materials that could cause radiation such as lead and other harmful
- Some “Microwave Safe” Wares
- Some of these “microwave safe” ceramics are not actually microwavable. Don’t believe anything you see until you try it for yourself. Two things will happen: It’s either you can microwave that container without damaging it, OR you will damage the microwave because of that specific “microwave safe” container. Consider using a bowl or plate when microwaving your food to keep yourself away from trouble.