The easiest way to know is to read the manufacturer’s label. However, if your dish or cookware is made from crystal, metal-rimmed crockery, melamine, metal, straw, Styrofoam, wood, or wicker, you should never place it in a microwave oven. Some glass plates or cookware are microwave safe, others are not. The same applies to ceramics, clay, china, and pottery. Microwave safe plastics should be advertised or labelled as such.
If you are uncertain about the microwave safety of any cookware, contact its manufacturer.
Are there any cooking processes I can’t do in a microwave oven?
Microwave ovens are not suitable for deep frying foods because of their lack of temperature control. Grilling, browning, or crisping is possible only in microwaves with a grill insert. Baking can be done in a combination oven, or microwave/convection oven.
Are there special procedures for cleaning microwaves?
Not really, but there are a few guidelines and tips that will make cleaning your microwave oven easier. Always unplug the microwave before cleaning it to reduce the chance of an electrical shock. Make it a habit to cover food items as they’re being cooked to reduce food splatter. If food has dried on the microwave’s inner walls, heat a full cup of water for 3 minutes before cleaning the microwave. The heat and humidity will make scrubbing much easier.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or commercial oven cleaners on your microwave. If you must use a cleaning product on your microwave oven, we recommend a microwave specific cleaner such as Microwave Oven Magic.
Why is my microwave’s control panel not working?
A non-responsive control panel does not necessarily mean your microwave is broken. The microwave may have come unplugged from the wall. Another possibility is that a programming sequence was entered unintentionally. A delayed start cooking program would cause the microwave oven to be unresponsive. You should also check the circuit breaker or fuse box to confirm if it’s a larger problem. If all these fail, contact the microwave’s service department.