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Microwave Ovens: Cooking Container Safety

Posted by | March 29, 2011

Do you use your microwave oven every day? Almost every home in America has one routinely used to cook, re-heat, and thaw foods. But did you know that it’s important to use the appropriate containers when are heating food? Your choice could be a food safety risk for your family.

  • Avoid recycled products like paper towels, napkins, and brown grocery bags unless they are approved for microwave use.
  • Avoid using margarine tubs, cottage cheese containers, and whipped topping containers. They may warp or melt while cooking and chemicals may move from the container to your food and pose health risks.
  • Always check the label before using any container in your microwave. Glass and ceramic containers, oven bags, waxed paper, and many plastic wraps and molded containers are designed for safe use in your microwave. Be safe, check the label first.