10 things you should never put in the microwave

The microwave has become a necessity for many of us and as if a kitchen is not complete if it does not have this device. We are used to immediately heat up any food, make tea or quickly defrost any food. We will not debate today if this appliance device is good for our health, but we will present some things you should never put in the microwave.  So, read on to find out which are the 10 things you should never put in the microwave.


f you don’t know by now, the rapid heat will produce a lot of steam underneath the shell.Since it won’t have any release, it will explode. It won’t necessarily destroy your microwave, but the clean-up will be a hassle. If you are determined to hard-boil eggs in a microwave, poke a little hole on top so the steam can escape from the egg.


95% of heated plastics will release chemical fumes. While some of them are marked “microwave safe,” try to avoid any plastic containers or styrofoam containers as they will release harmful chemicals.


Certain fruits, like apples or bananas, will just lose a bit of their taste and texture if you put them in the microwave. Grapes, however, will explode, and dried fruits like raisins and prunes will smoke up your kitchen.

Aluminum foil

Any metal, foil, or metallic edging on a plate will nuke your microwave. No metals allowed! Thin metals, like foil, generate even more danger than thick ones: in the latter case, like when you put a frying pan with thick walls into your microwave, your food just won’t ever heat — the metal reflects microwaves, and they simply don’t get to what’s inside. However, thin metal gets overwhelmed by electric currents generated inside the microwave, and heats up very quickly, making the danger of fire a very real thing.

Travel mugs

True, several mugs can work in a microwave, but only those marked “microwave safe.”At best, they will protect the contents from heating up since they are constructed to prevent temperature change. At worst, they can really nuke your microwave because most of these mugs have a stainless steel component.

Frozen meat

Frozen meat, even at a temperature suggested for defrosting, will cook unevenly. The insides will be frozen while the edge is already cooked.

Take-out boxes

Convenient as they are, take-out containers can catch fire in a microwave. Or, if you are using the white ones with metal handles, they will spark and may damage your microwave permanently.

Old mugs and plates

That old but beloved china does not belong in a microwave. Ccertain mugs and plates produced before the 1960s can give off radiation and might be glazed with lead and other heavy metals.

Infant milk bottle will not heat evenly in the microwave and will lose some of its beneficial properties due to high temperature. It is much better to warm the bottle in a cup with hot water.
Tomato sauce
Well, it’s not going to destroy your microwave and it’s definitely not going to catch fire, but it every corner of your microwave will be dirty.
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