It’s well know best microwave ovens are quick and easy to use, even the inexpensive models. The following are 10 tips and hints to help you get the most from your microwave oven when cooking.

  • Food should be arranged evenly sized pieces. They should be arranged in a circle. If the pieces are different sizes it is best to place the thicker pieces on the outside with the smaller pieces on the inside.
  • If you are cooking foods that have a skin e.g. baked potatoes. Make sure you pierce the skin this will prevent potatoes from exploding, due to a buildup of steam underneath the skin. Eggs should never be cooked in their shells, as the resulting explosion could cause serious injuries.
  • The container you use to cook in the microwave oven should be a bit larger than the dish you would choose for a conventional oven. The container should be labeled as suitable for microwave use.


  • Try to find cooking container that are round or oval as this shape helps the food to heat up evenly.
  • When recipes or package instructions give a broad recommended cooking range, start to check if the food is cooked at the lower end. For example if the range is 2-3 minutes then start checking at 2 minutes.
  • When using microwaves that don’t have turntables, at regular intervals stop the microwave and rotate the food. This prevents “hotspots” forming, and will ensure even cooking.
  • If you have defrosted or partially cooked foods in the microwave it is essential for safety to continue to cook the food either in an oven stove or grill. Keeping partially cooked foods in storage can lead to food poisoning bacteria developing.


  • Covering the food with lids or plastic wrap whilst being cooked in the microwave, can help to retain moisture and cook more evenly. Always leave a small gap between the food and lid for the steam to escape.
  • Once the food has finished cooking, make sure that you remove the container lid or plastic wrap away from you as the steam is very hot and there is a risk you could burn yourself.
  • Salt food after cooking, this is because salt can cause the food to dry out during the microwave process.


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