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Is the Dish Microwave Safe?

Cooking tips for the caring cook.

Microwave Dish


Dishes can get very hot in the microwave and some materials aren't all the good to use in the microwave. When you want a quick bowl of oatmeal, why not cook it right in the bowl you're going to eat it out of? Why scrub pots and pans when you don't have to?

What if that old dish of grandma's isn't safe - did she even use a microwave when she bought it? Probably not!

So how can you tell if a dish is safe to use in your microwave oven?

  • To test whether a dish is microwave safe or not, place it in the microwave next to a glass measuring cup half full of water. Heat on high (100 percent) for 1 minute. If the dish is hot it should not be used in the microwave. If it is warm it should be used only for reheating. If the dish is at room temperature, it is safe to use for all microwave cooking.
  • Never use any type of metal dish in a microwave.
  • Corelle is glass and should not absorb any microwave energy. Homer Laughlin's Fiestaware, Lenox, Mikasa, Pfaltzgraff and Sango, are microwave safe.

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Did You Know?

In 1945, Earl Tupper invented plastic food containers and founded the Tupperware Company!

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