What can not be placed in the microwave?
Microwave oven (also microwave; obsolete. Microwave; disagree. Microwave) is an electrical appliance that uses the phenomenon of heating water-containing substances by electromagnetic radiation of the decimeter range (usually with a frequency of 2.450 GHz) and is designed for quick cooking, heating or thawing food.
Curiosity and passion for all sorts of experiments can cost you dearly - in every sense of the word "expensive" - both for your health and for the technology that you use every day.
Microwave has long been an integral part of the life of every hostess. Despite its versatility, there are certain products and objects that should not be heated in a microwave oven in order to prolong its use and preserve its health.
Foil (this applies to any metal objects or metal elements in principle)
Who doesn't love when something sparkles beautifully? This is a fascinating sight.
But not at all when this spectacle takes place behind the window of your microwave.
It would seem - how so? After all, the inner surface of your furnace is also made of metal.
The metal of the inner surface acts as a mirror - reflects the microwaves.
The foil also reflects, but at the same time it is very hot and starts to sparkle cheerfully and fervently, which can be dangerous not only for the furnace itself, but also for yourself.
Paper bags / glasses, bags, newspapers
Who did not cook popcorn in the microwave - in vain bought a microwave. Semi-finished paper bags can be found in almost any supermarket.
So why can they be placed in a microwave oven, and other paper bags - it is impossible?
Everything is simple - it's a special paper coating, which absorbs the waves and does not allow the package to heat up.
If the package does not have such a cover, then in the microwave you can expect an exciting fire-show with poisonous fumes, smoothly turning into a 3D fire-show — that is, your entire home may well become one big fire-show.
“Where does the poisonous vapor come from?” You ask. We will answer - and you know from what paper the package was made? Or what is the paint that makes up the image or text on it? That's the same ...
“Note from the author: cardboard is also paper!”
Paper and cellophane bags and newspapers should not be placed in the microwave oven, as they can catch fire and release toxic substances.
With intensive heating, all our beloved "trays" and "containers" emit harmful substances.
These substances have a bad effect on the endocrine system, but it will still come in handy for you - whole and healthy.
So do not warm up food in plastic containers or bags.
Foam (polystyrene) containers
One word is melting. And it manifests itself in two forms: first, the container begins to “thaw”, releasing toxins directly into your food.
Do you want something with foam sauce? Unlikely. The second is that the container can melt from the temperature of your food and “melt” through and through.
In short, nothing good from warming up in such a pot with your food does not happen, rather - the opposite. It will, but certainly not good.
However, as in the case of travel glasses, there are containers that can be used in the microwave - look for notes.
Travel cups / glasses
They are made of metal and plastic. That is, heating something in such a cup, you simultaneously endanger the cup / glass itself, your microwave oven, and yourself.
Well, the coffee itself (we cannot see from here what exactly you were going to warm up there: suppose that it is, after all, coffee) will spoil it.
Just in case, reread paragraphs 1 and 3 again in order to understand the full degree of risk.
There are, of course, special cases: look for the “microwave safe” label on the cup / cup itself or on the packaging / documentation from it.
If there is such a mark, feel free to place your glass / cup in the microwave.
Here, probably, the author appears as “Captain Obviousness” for most readers, but it is simply impossible not to warn about this, as the only ones who are going to “just a little dry” their favorite T-shirt, oddly enough, are.
The logic, of course, is: the microwave heats everything. Heats - it means dry. T-shirt is wet. If it is heated, it will be dry. Guided by the same logic, you can dry things in the fire. Not "over the fire", namely "in the fire". Synthetics - fascinatingly melting (mourning march of the microwave + danger of fire), cotton - eagerly and cheerfully burning (the same, plus the perspective of a 3D fire-show).
Old as the world, but relevant. The explosions are also a fascinating sight, but not in your microwave. Plus, to clear the consequences of such an opportunity is not a pleasant occupation, we assure you.
“The author knows this not by hearsay, but on his own bitter experience of the first interaction with the strange“ for those times ”microwave oven.”
And you should not joke with friends and acquaintances either. After this, they will cease to be your friends and acquaintances.
"The author's note: the eggs mean not only chicken, but also ostrich, quail, crocodile, turtle - in general, all-all-all ..."
“Once the author of this article mistakenly froze jalapenos. About ten peppers. They all froze into one indestructible conglomerate. But they urgently needed to be used for one Mexican dish. What to do? Correct - defrost in a microwave oven. ”
When you put a hot pepper in the microwave, it begins to emit all its "sharpness" directly into the air. Guess what happens when you open the door?
We will not wait until you want to check and respond. It looks like pepper spray. From which you splash right in the face.
“Pepper was hopelessly spoiled, the mood was the same, and with it the author’s eyes for the next couple of hours.”
In general, do not cook, reheat, or thaw hot peppers in the microwave. Never.
Frozen cuts of meat are quite difficult to defrost in the microwave: thin edges begin to bake, and the middle part remains icy.
This uneven distribution of heat contributes to the growth of harmful bacteria inside the meat. And defrosting fruits and berries in the microwave can lead to the conversion of a useful glucoside into a carcinogenic substance.
Vegetables when defrosting also lose nutrients and vitamins.
For example, if broccoli is heated in a microwave, this healthy vegetable loses 97% of all its beneficial elements.
And garlic remains without its super healthy qualities after heating in a microwave oven. And the anti-cancer properties are gone!
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot peppers, evaporates from the heat from the microwaves, and the resulting steam is very harmful.
Therefore, to get a healthy dish, nutritionists recommend to defrost food on the shelves of the refrigerator, beforehand laying them out of the freezer.
First of all it concerns expressed breast milk - under the action of microwaves, it becomes toxic.
If you need to warm up the milk a little and not kill the immunoglobulins in it, it is better to use the traditional method - heat it with hot water or in a water bath.
Studies have shown that heating baby food in a microwave oven due to uneven heating can harm the baby.
In addition, high-temperature heating destroys nutrients, which significantly reduces the usefulness of the products.
Fresh Greens, Fruits
Drying fresh greens in the microwave is a bad idea.
These herbs contain very little fluid, and if they are slightly over-exposed, a fire may occur.
Some fruits, such as grapes, can explode in the microwave. Raisins may begin to smoke.
There is an opinion that if you put a sponge in a microwave and warm it for 30 seconds, all the microbes that have settled on it will be destroyed.
But it is better not to experiment.
Unpleasant smell and the possibility of fire - powerful arguments to abandon this idea.
Nothing but food and drinks!
The microwave oven is designed to warm up your food or drink. And that is all. No need to experiment.
Practice shows that such things do not end well. We assure you, if you listen to these tips, then your equipment, and health will be much more whole.
Let your equipment serve you long and safely!