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Are You Making These Microwave Mistakes?

By Sara Butler

The microwave is one of the most oft-used appliances in the kitchen. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 97 percent of Americans have a microwave in their homes. Chances are, you have a lot of experience using microwaves, but the real question is if you're using it right. There are many mistakes people make with microwaves that they may not even realize. Here are a few mistakes you should be on the lookout for when using this kitchen appliance.

You Don't Stir

The microwave isn't a set-and-it-forget-it type of appliance. It heats the outside of your food quickly but takes its time to get to the center. That's why it's essential that you take the time to stop and stir the food to help it cook more evenly. Otherwise, you can end up with food that is scorching hot on the surface but ice-cold inside. Stir, mix or flip when you need to as you cook your food in the microwave.

You Don't Cover

Covering the food you put in the microwave helps to reduce the mess inside of it and also helps to cook the food more evenly. Make sure to use a lid that is microwave safe or buy a splatter guard to toss on top of the foods you keep. This helps to steam the food as it warms it up and keeps the splatters to a minimum.

You Don't Use Microwave-Safe Containers

You may think that any old plastic container is fine for the microwave, but the truth is that it's not. Remember that a microwave will heat everything you place in it, including the container. Some containers will leach chemicals into the food when heated and that's not good for your health. That's why it's important to transfer foods from plastic to microwave-safe ceramic or glass containers.

Not Cleaning Your Microwave Regularly

Just like other surfaces in your kitchen, the microwave needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it free from germs that could get into your food. Plus, who wants to throw food in a dirty microwave?

Once a week place a bowl filled with water into the microwave for two minutes. Let it sit for five minutes and allow the steam to help loosen up any food particles that may be cooked onto the insides. Then wipe them out with a cloth -- easy!

If you use your microwave a lot, then know how to use it healthily.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, Colo.

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