What foods should not be microwaved? 9 times conventional heat is best

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Some foods should not be microwaved.

However much we might wish to give them a quick blast, they will always be unsuitable for radiation treatment.

What foods should not be microwaved?

The microwave is not, as some would have you believe, some sort of cookery silver bullet.

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Here are a few of the worst things that you can ever try and put in the microwave.

what foods should not be microwaved Not everything can go in the microwave (Credit: Pexels)

1. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Despite hundreds of Pinterest posts to the contrary, hard-boiled eggs and microwaves do not mix. The rapid heat from the microwave creates steam inside the shell which, with nowhere to go, usually causes the egg to explode. Best avoided for all concerned.

Microwave eggs Hard-boiled eggs shouldn't go in the microwave (Credit: Pexels)

2. Frozen Meat

If you’re in a rush, it’s tempting to grab a frozen hunk of something meaty, press a few buttons and start cooking from there. Unfortunately, this is a mistake.

Thinner edges will always start to cook before the centre is thawed, leaving you with a half-roasted, half-raw helping of warm, soggy flesh. Your dinner won’t be able to recover after such a disastrous start.

Meat microwave Defrosting meat in the microwave can have mixed results (Credit: Pexels)

3. Chicken

It’s perfectly possible to have some delicious reheated chicken. However, using a microwave is not the way to go. Even the briefest of blasts will dry out the meat, leaving it stringy, lifeless and entirely unappetising.

Instead, use a pan or an oven to thoroughly warm your food.

food should not microwave chicken Reheating chicken in the microwave is a recipe for disaster Credit: Pexels)

4. Seafood

Similarly to chicken, cooked seafood, and shellfish in particular, do not pair well with most quick-fix kitchen appliances. If you want to guarantee a rubbery, sorry mess, a microwave is the way to go to.

If, like most of us, you’d like to enjoy your food, it’s best to stick to conventional heat.

seafood microwave Microwaved seafood rarely ends well (Credit: Pexels)

5. Breast Milk

It may seem like the easiest thing in the world to gently warm through a bottle of milk in seconds, rather than go through the rigmarole of unpacking and cleaning saucepans.

Unfortunately, microwaves are not so straightforward. Not only will the liquid only heat up in patches - dangerous for small, sensitive mouths - but microwaves have also been shown to destroy the milk’s immune system-boosting proteins.

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6. Chillies

Though you’re unlikely to be zapping chillies on their own, they can occasionally sneak in as part of the bigger picture. Unfortunately, microwaves cause a rather unappetising side effect.

The device vapourises the capsaicin in the peppers, causing the microwave to become filled with chilli gas, which becomes thoroughly unpleasant once you open the door.

you should not put chillies in the micorwave Putting chillies in the microwave can produce chilli gas (Credit: Pexels)

7. Leafy Greens

On the surface, leafy greens might seem like the most harmless thing in the world. However, research has shown that plants such as kale can spark and even catch fire during zapping. Suddenly, veggies seem a whole lot less safe.

Leafy green vegetables microwave Leafy greens can catch fire in the microwave (Credit: Pexels)

8. Bread

Few things are as tempting as a warm fluffy roll. Unfortunately, microwaves are the worst way of getting one. Blasting causes trapped water molecules to heat up and rise, resulting in a soggy loaf and an unhappy eater.

Bread in the microwave Putting bread in the microwave will make it soggy (Credit: Pexels)

9. Takeaway boxes

After indulging in a late night Chinese, it can be easy to nonchalantly slip the remains in for a quick heat through before browsing continues. This is a recipe for disaster.

If the box contains any metal, however small, it is liable to break the entire machine, leaving you with a large bill and, more importantly, no more dinner.

takeaway boxes made of metal Takeaway boxes containing metal can be dangerous in the microwave (Credit: Pixabay)

Clearly, the microwave has made many things in the kitchen a whole lot more straightforward.

If it’s popcorn or ready meals you’re after, there’s no better ally to have.

But as this list shows, some foods should not be microwaved.

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