On many containers and fast food boxes it says “microwave safe” but what does that really mean and what containers are safe for us to put in the microwave? The term microwave safe means that the cookware can be safely placed in a microwave as food is being heated or cooked; in order for an item to get the label as “microwave safe” it must be able to be placed in a microwave without food and not warm above room temperature despite being heated in the microwave.
Though many containers do have the label of “microwave safe” a lot of other items we warm in the microwave such as plastic wrap and paper towel are in the grey area to this label because they are not truly a container so they do not get tested. Since most of the time what we put inside of the microwave is something we are going to be digesting it is pretty important for us to know what is and is not safe for us to put in the microwave. So here are 5 quick tips to some microwave dos and don’ts to keep you microwave safe.