Safe microwave cooking
Do you know that nutrition in food breaks down because of heat?
The longer it cooks, less vitamines are left for you to enjoy.
Cooking your greens in a microwave will leave more nutrition in your food
because it is exposed to heat for a much shorter time compare to the stovetop.
Some of the nutrition will escape into the cooking-water, and a good idea is to save the water
and use it in sauces or maybe a nice soup.
If you want to read more about this and learn how your microwave-oven handle your food,
you can read this article from Harvard medical school : Family health guide
If you read your microwave instruction book you will find that different foods should be cooked
on different power- levels. Every oven are different, so reading the instructions is a must.
If done correctly, there is no way to tell if your dish came out of a microwave or a conventional
oven. Janelle Bloom, the author of Family Food & Weekend Feasts made a very interesting
experiment. She invited 5 food experts to taste 5 dishes, 2 servings of each, one from the
microwave and one from the oven.
If you would like to see the results, and also get the recipes she cooked, click here
Many of us have heard or read all the false rumouers going around since the 80’s about how dangerous
your microwave is. It’s not true. If you take care of it, and don’t drop it from the top of the fridge down on the
floor, you are safe. Like all electric appliances, it can be damaged by misuse and abuse, so take good care of it.
If you want to see what FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) says about it, read this article
There are things you should never put in your microwave. One of them we all know, and that is metal.
Another thing is water. If you warm water in a new mug with no scratches on the inside,
the boiling bubbles have no where to go, and after removing your mug from the
microwave oven it might erupt, like a cola bottle that have been shaken before opening.
This have happened in a few rare incidents, and if you are still holding the mug you might burn
your hands/arms. There are a few more things that you should avoid to heat in your microwave,
you can read about it in this article from InfoBarrel
So don’t be afraid to use your microwave oven. It will save you a lot of time that you can spend with your friends and family.
Use a cooking thermometer to make sure your meat is cooked.
Always leave it for 5 to 10 minutes after you finish cooking to let the heat spread out.
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