General Microwaving Tips:

  1. To prevent packaging/dish from sticking to oven be sure to put a paper plate or paper towel under a frozen meal when microwaving.

  2. Do NOT put metal in your microwave (tin foil, silverware, etc.)!

  3. When microwaving food in a dish or carryout container made of plastic or ceramic check to see that it is microwave safe otherwise it may melt or leech into the food.

  4. Use a fork to poke holes into foods with skins like potatoes and hot dogs to allow steam to escape to prevent them from exploding.

  5. For frozen ice cream, pop the container in the microwave for 5 seconds to make it softer.

  6. Microwaving a wet kitchen sponge for 2 minutes can significantly reduce the spread of germs (do not handle immediately after it will be HOT)

  7. Make sure you use a microwave safe cover or microwave safe plastic wrap to cover the food to prevent splotching.

  8. Food mixtures containing poultry, eggs, meat and fish should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celcius) to prevent pathogen risk.

  9. Always use a thermometer to assure your microwave food heats to the safe temperature indicated in the package directions. Hint: Digital thermometers work better than old fashioned oven thermometers.

  10. Do not microwave food in styrofoam containers the styrofoam can leech into the food.