WEB DESK: On a lazy day, when you feel like not spending hours in the kitchen, microwavable food is clearly a winner. But before you think just about cooking anything in that, think again.
There are few things and food items that you should totally avoid when it comes to microwave cooking. Reason can be that the food may lose a lot of nutrients or simply lack the flavor.
Yes, we agree it is relatively easy to boil a cup ofwater in microwave. But if you are planning to out an egg in that cup and boil, because it is easier than the hassle of doing it on a stove, then you will be greatly disappointed when you egg explodes in the microwave.
Eggs does not do well with all the direct heating. The steam builds too fast for the egg to breathe through its pores, resulting in a messy explosion. Make sure to crack your eggs and prick the yolks to ensure even cooking if using the microwave.
It may seem like a brilliant idea to speed up the herb drying process by putting them in the microwave, but you’re sure to ruin your fresh herbs this way.
Putting herbs in the microwave totally ruins them, and it won’t dry them out the way you might be expecting. Herbs don’t hold a ton of moisture anyway, so nuking them in the microwave for too long can actually lead to a fire! Avoid this mistake at all costs.
3. Frozen Meats
Reader’s Digest explains you need a microwave that rotates the food during cooking to have any chance of evenly thawing your meats this way. If the microwave unevenly thaws the meat, bacteria can grow from having frozen meat mixed with partially cooked meat.
Defrosting meat overnight in the refrigerator is the safest way to thaw . Set an alarm for yourself so you won’t forget.
4. Frozen fruit
According to Lifehack, Russian studies have suggested defrosting frozen fruit can cause carcinogenic substances to form. Also, fruits have trouble standing up to the heat, so they’ll lose their flavor and texture as soon as the intense heat of the microwave hits them. It’s best to allow your frozen fruits to naturally thaw in the fridge or on the counter.
5. Water for tea
If you’re the only one drinking tea in your household, then it probably seems like too much of a hassle to heat up your water in a teakettle. While it’s much faster to place your mug of water into the microwave for a minute or two, you actually can ruin your tea-drinking experience this way, as the temperature of the water differs depending on what type of tea you plan to drink.