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Is This Dish Safe to Use in the Microwave?
Not sure whether your dish is safe for the microwave? Don't try to guess: there are real dangers of using non-microwave-safe dishes. This article is about the dangers of using non-microwave-safe dishes and how to undertake a microwave safety test at home.
Here's how you can test the microwave safety of your dishes.
First, Check Manufacturer's Label
A most common mistake we make is not fully reading the manufacturer’s label or instruction when we purchase something. Always read the instructions for microwave safety rules.
The first way to tell if a dish is safe for microwave is to check the manufacturer’s label. Oftentimes, the manufacturer will indicate whether the dish is “microwave safe” or “not to use in microwave.”
Not all manufacturers will have this label. If you can not find this on the manufacturer's label or instructions for use, you will have to test the microwave safety of the dishes yourself.
How to Test If a Bowl or Dish Is Microwave-Safe
This test is to establish whether a dish is made of materials that absorb and hold heat or allow heat to pass through. To do this, you'll need the dish in question and a microwave-safe cup or glass.
Step 1: Fill the microwave-safe cup or glass with tap water and place it in the microwave oven.
Step 2: Place the dish to be tested next to the cup in the microwave. (If the dish is big and there is no space to put the cup next to it, place the cup inside the dish.)
Step 3: Microwave the dish and the cup of water on the highest power setting (100 percent) for one minute.
Step 4: Remove the dish and cup of water with a potholder and place it on the counter. Carefully touch the dish with your fingers. If it is warm or hot, it is not safe for the microwave. If it is cold and the cup of water is hot, then the dish is safe for the microwave.
This is the simple test you can do to test the microwave safety of dishes. Once you know which dishes in your kitchen are microwave-safe, label them at the back bottom with a permanent marker for ease of identification.
Once you know which dishes in your kitchen are microwave-safe, label them at the back bottom with a permanent marker for ease of identification.
Safe and Not-Safe Dishes for Microwave
|Dishes Safe for Microwave||Dishes Not Safe for Microwave|
Dishes labelled microwave-safe
All dishes that say they're not safe for microwave
Dishes tested microwave-safe
Metal dishes and plates with gilt or metal trim and wire twists
Ceramic dishes (except with glazes containing metals)
Microwave-safe glass dishes
Ceramic dishes treated with glazes that contain lead and other metals
Unsafe plastic dishes
The Risks and Dangers of Microwaving Non-Microwave-Safe Dishes
Using non-microwave-safe dishes in microwave ovens can cause fire, damage to the dishes, damage to the microwave oven itself, can cause toxic chemicals to seep into the food, and can render the food improperly heated.
Do not compromise your health and safety by just guessing if the dish is safe for microwaves. Always undertake a microwave safety test to be on the safe side.
I do not use plastic dishes in my microwave even if the label says it is microwave safe. I suggest you do more research on the risk and dangers of using plastic dishes in microwaves.
An important piece of advice is to use dishes that are microwave-safe. That does not mean you have to replace all your dishes with microwave-safe dishes.
You can test if the dishes you already have are microwave-safe by following the following two-step process. There are two ways to determine if a dish is safe for use in the microwave oven.
To conclude, there are two ways to determine the microwave safety of dishes.
First, check the manufacturer’s label at the back bottom of the dish which should indicate whether the dish is microwave-safe or not microwave-safe.
If there is no label, you can test the microwave safety of the dish by placing the dish and a microwave-safe cup of water in the microwave and turn it on for 1 minute. If the dish is hot, it is not safe for the microwave. If the dish is cold but the cup of water is hot then the dish is safe for the microwave.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2012 Kejanny