15+ Meals You Should not Reheat in a Microwave – nation.lk – The Nation Newspaper
The microwave is a wonderful device that saves us invaluable time. Food heats up faster in it than on the stove or in the oven, and you don’t have to control the process. Just choose the mode, set the timer and you can look forward to your future meal. But not all dishes are microwave friendly. Some of them can deteriorate during the cooking process, while others can form harmful substances.
We at Bright side made a list of products that the microwave is a real enemy for. And as a bonus, we’re sharing a list of little kitchen tricks that this home appliance is perfect for.
Meat, fish and poultry
Processed meat contains preservatives and when exposed to electromagnetic radiation, converts to dangerous chemical compounds such as oxidized cholesterol.
The crispy crust of fried chicken turns into a damp, unpleasant coating in the microwave, and the meat itself is heated unevenly.
Anyone who has ever tried microwaving a fish dish knows this is a memorable displeasure. On the one hand, the entire living space is filled with a “not so fantastic” smell. Second, the fish turns into something inedible. For example, if you reheat salmon in the microwave, the food will lose all moisture and become dry and firm.
Some vegetables, fruits and mushrooms
Broccoli loses most of its beneficial properties in the microwave. It’s best to steam. This will preserve the taste of the product and most of the vitamins and minerals.
Greens (such as beet leaves) have certain properties and can ignite when processed in the microwave. As a result, burned food ends up on your table instead of a delicious meal, and household appliances are spoiled too.
Electromagnetic radiation triggers the formation of harmful nitrosamines in spinach and beets. These substances can be carcinogenic.
Capsaicin, which is found in chilli peppers and which gives them their spiciness, begins to evaporate when the peppers are cooked in the microwave. As soon as the microwave door is opened, the room will be filled with sharp clouds of smoke.
Fresh grapes and gooseberries are converted to plasma pieces in the microwave – a picturesque but risky experiment.
Pizza, chinese food and rice
It is hard to imagine that a dish is more unsavory than a pizza with a microwave. The sharp edges turn into something damp and sticky, and the cheese takes on the strength of concrete and the texture of rubber. There is nothing harmful in this food, but you will not get any pleasure from eating it. It is better to reheat the dish in a hot pan or in the oven at a high temperature.
Do not put food in the microwave in the same containers that it came in. Cardboard boxes often contain hazardous materials such as glue, ink, wax, plastic, or metal, and can start a real fire in your home.
Chinese food retains its taste and charm even when it’s cold. Such dishes can be heated if you wish, but not in the microwave. The problem lies in the ingredients themselves. The microwave turns this delicious meal into something slimy, wet and unsavory.
Microwave rice always leads to an unpredictable result. If the rice has been stored at room temperature for a long time or has been in the cold for more than a day, it is better to just throw it away. Grains of rice contain the bacterium Bacillus cereus, which can be left in the diet after it is first prepared. The microwave oven does not raise the temperature high enough to kill these pathogens, and serious poisoning can result. The same goes for many foods that contain starch.
Liquids, oils and thick soups
Watery soup can easily be cooked in the microwave. A thick pureed soup, however, is a whole different story. After a while, the dish begins to explode with fireworks of soup droplets that hopelessly splash into the device. This is because the liquid in the bowl is heated unevenly. To avoid this effect, stir the soup once a minute. You can also add a wooden spoon or stick to the bowl with the soup.
The microwave completely destroys the taste of the coffee. The drink does not form harmful substances, but only those who love bitter and sour flavors can enjoy it. If you really want to finish off a cup of your favorite cold beverage, simply add ice to it.
Baby food, baby food and breast milk do not heat up evenly in the microwave. This can create hot spots in the liquid and possibly burn the baby’s tongue, mouth, or throat.
Plain water in a cup may surprise you too. In a microwave, the temperature of the liquid rises, but the bubbles that accompany the boiling process don’t always appear on the surface. If you put a bag of tea or a spoon in such water, the liquid will boil instantly and the cup may explode.
Different oils such as olives, grapes, rapeseed or sesame are not liquids, but fats. So the oil in the microwave just doesn’t heat up to the required temperature.
Bonus: magic microwave
While you have carefully studied the entire list of products that should not be microwaved, it is not essential to remove this home appliance. A microwave is a useful device and it can be used for completely unexpected purposes.
Peel the garlic quickly: In order not to suffer while removing the peel from garlic cloves, all you need to do is put the garlic in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Prepare freshly squeezed juice: Microwave oranges or lemons for 10 to 20 seconds will make them a lot easier to juice. Radiation destroys the inner membranes in citrus fruits. Fry seeds and nuts: Pour these products into a microwave-safe ceramic container, add a drop of oil, and place in the microwave. It takes 3 minutes to cook seeds and nuts.
Peel vegetables: Sometimes zucchini or root vegetables are difficult to peel. To speed up the peeling process, it is enough to leave the vegetables in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and set them to the lowest power mode. After that, it’s much easier to remove the skin.
Cut onions: To avoid unnecessary cracking, leave the onion in the microwave for just 45 seconds. This destroys the enzymes that are responsible for producing corrosive gas that is irritating to the eyes.
Whip milk into foam: You can make a cappuccino without an expensive coffee maker. To do this, pour the milk into a glass or ceramic jar with a lid that can be closed (it should be half full) and shake it vigorously. It takes 30 or 60 seconds for the milk to turn to foam. Then place the jar in the microwave for another 30 seconds and watch the foam rise. Just add it to the coffee and the cappuccino is ready.
Experts recommend reheating each dish only once. The longer the food is stored, the higher the risk that harmful microorganisms and bacteria will develop in it. When properly prepared, eating will not harm your health. However, you should buy a kitchen thermometer to measure the temperatures of dishes after heat treatment. Also, stir the food thoroughly so that there are no parts with cold ingredients – they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. The more often you reheat food, the less tasty it becomes – vegetables turn into pulp and meat turn rubbery.
Based on your personal experience, would you add something to our first or second list?