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Safe microwave cooking

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Nutrition

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 Cooking vegetables in a microwave oven

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

 




 

Taste

If you read your microwave instruction book you will find that different foods should be cooked

microwave-oven leaves more nutrition in your food

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 

 

 

 

 

Safety

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

 

 

 

Dont’s

There are things you should never put in your microwave. One of them we all know, and that is metal.microwave safety

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.

Some last tips :

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  2. billy says:

    Hi Marith,
    Great information especially for me who heats soup in a microwave, that’s about to change.
    Very well laid out and informative.

    Billy

    • Marith says:

      Thank you Billy, glad I could help. A lot of people think microwaving their food kills the nutrition, but it is the other way around. Microwaves leave more healthy nutrition in your food.

  3. Rabbit says:

    I’ve had to learn the hard way not to put metal in the microwave…poor thing gave a shriek! (And a lot of sparks!) This is a very informative article – it’s taught me a few things. It’s great to know there are ways of perserving the nutrition in microwaved foods since that has been one of my main concerns about over using the microwave to cook. Thank you for the information! : )

    ~ℜ

    • Marith says:

      Hi Rabbit, I am very happy if this article made you safer. If it helps to make you feel better I too ruined my first two microwaveovens because I didn’t know about these problems. And as you say, if you want to preserve your nutrion in your food, microwave is the way to go 😀

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