Microwave Magic: What You Should Know

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Microwave Basics

  • A microwave oven uses electric heating to cook food.
  • Basic microwaves heat food quickly and efficiently but do not brown or bake food in the same way conventional ovens do.
  • For microwave cooking, cut meats and vegetables in uniform sizes to make sure that they cook evenly.
  • Be sure to use non-metal utensils in the microwave.

Did You Know…

  • Microwave cooking pulls off more fat from meat than any other cooking technique.
  • Using the microwave during the summer months will help keep your house cooler than using a conventional oven.
  • To ensure full and even cooking in the microwave, stir food and turn dishes periodically throughout heating.
  • Eighty-five percent of recipes prepared using a conventional oven can be successfully prepared in the microwave.
  • When using plastic roasting or cooking bags in the microwave, discard the wire twist tie and use a plastic fastener or a piece of string instead.
  • When storing microwave cooked liquids in the refrigerator, be sure to keep them covered to cut cooling costs.

Microwave Tips


  1. To eliminate bacterial growth in your kitchen sponge, dampen sponge and heat in the microwave for two minutes.
  2. Freshen stale chips and crackers by microwaving 2 cups for 1 minute at 100% power, uncovered.
  3. Keep a notebook beside the microwave and experiment with different recipes. Record the time required to cook the recipe in the notebook and use for future reference.
  4. Remember when converting a recipe from preparation in a conventional oven to preparation in the microwave, use about 1/4 less liquid because there is less evaporation.



References Seniors and Food Safety at http://www.goodnuke.com. Nutrition Education for August 2009. Produced by Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County by Ta’Reell Tillman, a nutrition intern for Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D. For questions regarding nutritional information, please contact Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D., Director of Nutrition Services for Meals on Wheels, Inc. Tarrant Country at (817) 336-0912 or email: ssimon@mealsonwheels.org Website: www.mealsonweels.org 

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