What Food Items Cannot Be Microwaved?

by Manas Mahajan on May 04, 2022

What Food Items Cannot Be Microwaved

Microwaves are a gift to mankind. In today's 24/7 on-the-toes life, this appliance act as a boon to many households. Their job is to cook and reheat food quickly and help you consume the fresh and hot meal.

Undeniably this is the most useful kitchen appliance that everyone should include in their households. But do you know that these electric machines can also tend to harm your food or catch fire when the right ingredients are not placed inside it? Hence, you need to know what food items and containers you can put in the microwave to avoid a kitchen fiasco.

Interested to know about the list of items that should not be placed inside the IFB microwave for ensuring the safety of your appliance? Keep scrolling below for the comprehensive list about the same. Without any further ado, let's dig into the useful content.

6 Food items that should not be microwaved

Whole Eggs

Never put hard-boiled eggs in a microwave oven, as they may tend to get burst while creating a mess. When you microwave eggs, the pressure of steam built inside them, leading to an explosion.

You’ll be surprised to know that the explosion will not happen in the microwaves but either in your mouth or on the plate. Hence, you should avoid microwaving eggs and put some effort to boil them in a traditional way.

Hot Peppers

Using an IFB microwave oven for heating hot peppers is not a good idea at all as it may cause a spark or can even catch fire. Not only this but also hot peppers release certain toxic fumes which may choke or fume your eyes and nose when you'll open the microwave door.

Processed Meats

Processed meats have a high altitude of chemicals and preservatives contained in them. These when heated, may increase the cholesterol oxidation process which may be harmful to health and thus affects the heart.

Frozen Meat

Tossing the frozen meat directly into the IFB microwave oven may result in uneven heat distribution, as some of the areas will be cooked and some will remain frozen. Due to this, there are high chances of bacteria getting developed on the frozen part. Hence, to avoid this mess, you must defrost the meat first, either overnight or in your microwaves themselves, and then cook it traditionally.

Red Sauce Pasta

Never put the red pasta sauce in the microwave for heating, as this mixture is quite thick. The thick consistency and particles make it difficult for the sauce to move around and heat easily. It results in the building up of steam and pressure in sausage inside the microwave and ends up leaving a huge mess.

Breast Milk 

If you are a new mom, you should not heat the pumped breast milk in the microwave oven. This is because the milk will be heated unevenly which may create hot spots in the baby's mouth or throat.

What other items should not be placed inside the microwave?

Apart from food, there are many other items that you should not place in microwaves. Always check the label of microwave-safe, before using any container, and be cautious to not put any of the below-listed materials in your microwaves. Here’re mentioned few of them.

Aluminum Foil

Putting any sort of metal in the IFB microwave is a big NO. Since the interiors of the microwaves are made up of metal, putting aluminum foil inside it acts as a mirror. Owing to this, the radiations will bounce back, either reflect or absorb heat which can be harmful to the microwave.

Paper Bags

Only popcorn bags are made up of suspectors and can absorb the radio waves of microwaves. Apart from this, all other grocery store brown paper bags do not have suspectors and thus release harmful toxins when heated.

Plastic Containers

Plastic containers release BPA or Bisphenol A, an organic compound that acts as an endocrine disruptor. These compounds when mixed with food produce toxic effects for humans. So place your food on a glass plate and cover it with a lid to carry out the procedure.

Travel Mugs

Travel Mugs are made of plastics or steel and both of these materials are not microwave-friendly. While steel can damage the IFB microwave, plastic melts due to enormous heat and high-power radio-active waves emitted by the appliance.

Thus, if you want to make mug recipes, use microwave-safe options and enjoy delectable delicacies without harming the health and lifespan of your appliance.

Lidless Containers

Do not put food inside any lid-less container and never use them for heating. If you heat food without covering, it may splatter inside the microwave while leaving tough food stains on the interiors.

Styrofoam Containers

Styrofoam containers are made up of a material called polystyrene, which when kept in the microwave melts down and toxifies the food. This material is also not biodegradable and releases chemicals on being heated which spoils the food.

That’s it, folks!! Nobody can beat the usage of the microwave when it comes to heating food. Hence, you should only use microwave-safe utensils to avoid interrupting the functioning of this appliance.