Make your Microwave Oven Last Longer
From defrosting to grilling, today’s microwave ovens do everything. Microwave Ovens will reheat yesterday’s dinner or pop a bag of popcorn or any leftover food. Many of the latest models also automate heating functions for a wide range of food and offer convection and speed-cooking capabilities. You can cook an entire meal without turning on your stove’s knob. All you need to do is follow some simple precautions and basic subsistence that will keep your microwave from popping for years to come.
Microwave Oven is that one appliance in your kitchen that you probably will use as much as, if not more than, your kettle or toaster. So, taking care of it cannot be overlooked. Here’s how you can make your microwave oven last longer.
Clean It Regularly
- This is one of the easiest ways to prolong the productivity of your microwave oven.
- Unplug the microwave oven and leave it to cool completely after use.
- Wipe the inside with a damp cloth.
- After you have switched off the Microwave oven, remove the glass turntable and wash it the same way you’d wash any dish.
- Fill a microwave safe glass bowl halfway with water and one tablespoon of vinegar.Microwave it for 5 minutes. The acid in the vinegar and the steam will cause the dried food particles to come off along with any recently stuck chunks. Open the microwave oven, remove the glass container and then give one smooth wipe with a clean rag.
Now use your clean as new microwave oven to make delicacies.
Always Use The Right Containers
- Glass and Ceramic Bowls and Dishes – Use it for heating and cooking
- Microwave Browning Dish – Use it to cook the exteriors of small ingredients such as chops or pancakes.
- Microwavable Plastic Wrap – Use it to retain steam.
- Wax Paper – Use it as a cover to prevent spattering.
- Paper Towels and Napkins – Use it for short-term heating and covering.
- Paper Plates and Cups – Use it for short-term heating at low temperatures.
- Aluminium Foil – Using too much foil can damage your Microwave oven, so be careful.
- Plastic – Use only if labelled “Microwave Safe”. Plastic can melt inside of microwave oven.
- Straw, Wicker and Wood – Use only for short-term heating as they can be flammable.
- Glass Jars and Bottles – Regular glass is too thin to be used. It can shatter due to high heat.
- Paper Bags – These are flammable, except for popcorn bags that are designed for microwave oven use.
- Styrofoam Plates and Cups – These can melt and leave an unhealthy residue on food.
- Metal Utensils – These can damage your Microwave oven seriously. Remove all metal before cooking.
Prevent Door Damage
- Slamming your microwave oven’s door can result in a fuse short circuit.
- Most microwave ovens have up to three switches that must close in a particular order.
- This is only guaranteed when the doors are closed smoothly.
Use Preprogrammed Timers
- Microwaves have been designed to be energy-efficient and to give you the best cooking results.
- Using the pre-programmed time for cooking or heating prevents substantial burn and the splattering of food.
With these simple tasks implemented, it’s possible that your microwave oven will keep doing its job steadily. And if you want to learn more intricate microwave oven care tips, read our previous article at https://blog.elicaindia.com/appliance-care-give-extra-care-for-your-oven/
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