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Pappybillh is asking: (4 answers)
Is cooking with microwave really safe.? Has anyone else found that food tastes different coming from microwave? Have been reading and have come up with questions about using. Just want to see what other Chefs think

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Last updated: Feb. 15, 2013 1:59 pm
Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 5:15 am
Answered by: Don
Feb. 15, 2013 5:22 am
Hi, sorry except for baked potatoes which taste same whatever, don't know about other food. Uses for a microwave Part 1. ----- heat coffee/tea---- as above re potatoes ---- defrost stuff --- heat poppadums/chappatis --- warm plates for serving. cheers.
Feb. 15, 2013 5:28 am
Interesting. Starbucks is so series about there coffee that they do not have a microwave for customers to use on their coffee. I have never used microwave to warm my coffee
Lucky Noodles
Feb. 15, 2013 5:35 am
I warm up coffee every morning! I use for defrosting when I have to but only half way, then put in the fridge to completely defrost. Melt butter and sometimes chocolate too. Grandma would not touch the microwave she got for Christmas. She was afraid of the waves.
Feb. 15, 2013 5:44 am
I think microwaves are safe as far as the food is concerned; whether they are safe for the people who are using the microwave would depend on the shielding of the microwave. There are probably some out there that aren't as safe as we presume them to be. Microwaves are useful, great for candy-making once you know how your particular microwave cooks. I prefer my baked potatoes from the oven, but do use the microwave for boiling water, reheating food, etc. I prefer to reheat soup on the stove-don't know why. I would miss my microwave-I do like microwave popcorn and heating in the serving dish is handy-but could live without one pretty easily.
Feb. 15, 2013 5:46 am
Almost forgot-I think my microwave is used the most to heat tortillas. So easy and it just takes seconds to be able to fold them well!
Feb. 15, 2013 7:35 am
i honestly don't know anyone that actually cooks food in a micro. i use it to boil water, reheat leftovers for a quick meal. i don't re-heat coffee in it though, just doesn't taste the same as freshly made.
Feb. 15, 2013 8:19 am
i truly do not think I could go a day without my microwave. I even make my tea in the microwave. Plus all the things mentioned above. That and my dishwasher, two things I don't want to do without in my kitchen.
Answered by: foodiemonster
Feb. 15, 2013 6:22 am
I personally don't trust the safety of a microwave, we have one -used to be my husband's when he was single- But we don't use it. I showed my husband how the texture of the food changes significantly when you heat in the MV vs a stove and he never went back. I also noticed that water heated in the microwave heats quickly because the molecules don't heat up evenly and it cools just as fast as it boils. Now if you heat water on stove or in electric heat it will stay scalding hot for a very long time. I know there may not be many researches out there that would say it's unhealthy. But I am perfectly fine with using the stove, oven, slow cooker grill etc rather than the microwave. It may be convenient but I don't care for it.
Feb. 15, 2013 6:42 am
I know a man who can not eat microwaved food. It doesn't stay down for him. He put me on to reading about microwave safety. I have not used a microwave since, and that was several years ago!
irayd8 no more!
Feb. 15, 2013 6:56 am
As a radiation worker I can say that the only way you would be exposed to microwaves is if you have an old or damaged unit. The seals must be intact for safety. Your food is NOT radioactive-microwaves are like xrays-the exposure is produced by electricy and immediatly disappears as soon as the electricity stops. Of course it may change the consistency of food and affect taste and appearance but consumption would be a matter of personal preference. I agree with Elle and Lucky Noodles and really only use it for the same items they do.
Feb. 15, 2013 7:18 am
Okay, go ahead and stone me - but I love, Love LOVE my microwave. Sure beats standing over an open fire cooking in an iron pot but then some people enjoy that method as well! ROFL
Answered by: Jacolyn
Feb. 15, 2013 7:14 am
I think the microwave does affect food texture. A month or two ago, my microwave broke. We didn't have time to shop for a new one, so we haven't replaced it. I do all my cooking on the stove or in the oven and we honestly haven't missed it. The only downside is that you need to have enough oven-safe dishes for reheating food, and it takes 15 minutes to heat leftovers, rather than 2 minutes. Neither of those things bother us. The only thing that is difficult to do in the oven is to melt cheese on crackers for a snack. Other than that, it hasn't been a bother, so we have decided not to replace it for now.
Feb. 15, 2013 7:23 am
There seems to be more evidence to support the last 5 posts.
Feb. 15, 2013 9:00 am
I use mine to mostly make things that involving boiling water such as soup or veggies. The food tends to dry out since it mostly cooks by evaporating the water and the food doesn't get browned like in a stove. I find it more of an appearance thing then a safety concern.
Answered by: BigShotsMom
Feb. 15, 2013 10:23 am
I agree the taste and texture changes when some foods are microwaved, chicken and pizza are the most obvious. I will start baked potatoes in it if I am in a rush but I do finish them in the oven. My most frequent use of it lately is as a proofing box for my breads to rise before baking in the regular oven. I used to work in an office that had one for our staff and it was a great way to bring leftovers for lunch and have them warmed. Personally, I believe they are safe enough. Look at how many are in use with no ill effects.
Feb. 15, 2013 1:59 pm
I love using the microwave to raise dough. It does a great job there. I get it warm by boiling water for a few minutes (ten is the recommended time) and leave the water container in while the dough is raising. A warm, humid, draft-free environment no animal (including kids) touches.
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