You've Been Using Your Microwave Wrong All This While – Here's The Hack You Didn't Know About

You've Been Using Your Microwave Wrong All This While - Here's The Hack You Didn't Know About

There is one kitchen appliance that is by far the most basic. The simplest to use. When you just can’t be bothered, a holy grail. And, no, I’m not referring to air fryers. Because there is one piece of equipment that makes separating tea much easier. 

Obviously, microwaves. However, as trustworthy as they are, it turns out that many people have been using the device incorrectly apparently. 

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People have been using microwaves wrong all this while! 


Get ready to have your mind blown. TikTok users shared the ‘microwave hack’ for evenly heating up your meals, which received a lot of views. 

“You know when you reheat food in the microwave and some parts of it are hot enough to burn your mouth and the other part is frozen?” said content creator ‘onlyjayus’ in a prior video. 

Okay, so that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s usual for us to pull out our shop korma after the ping only to discover that it’s not all the same temperature throughout. 

How to use the microwave properly

The TikToker goes on to say: “Well that happens because you shouldn’t actually have your food in the middle of the plate here.” 

As they proceed, they slide the bowl to the side of the microwave plate: “It should be on the edge so it can actually rotate around and cook evenly.” 

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Makenzie Bryson Jackson, a food scientist, concurs. She explained to Well + Good that ‘runaway heating’ causes uneven cooking since warm patches ‘will heat up significantly more quickly once they begin to heat up’. 

What has changed in microwave design over time?

According to Jackson, most new microwaves are designed with the plate rotating so that the waves bounce more uniformly off it, and then placing your food on the edge ensures that it is heated as evenly as possible. 

I mean, she does say it won’t make a huge difference, but it will ‘slightly’ help to balance out the heat. She then demonstrated how to find distinct hot spots in your microwave by piling marshmallows on a plate and cooking for 50 seconds. 

“The ones that puff show where your microwave’s hot spots are so you can place food in those areas for faster heating,” she went on to say. 

People naturally wish they had learned about this stuff sooner. “I feel like you should have told us this about 20 years ago!” commented one TikTok user. 

Another person said: “Spent so much of my life carefully aligning it exactly in the centre.” 

Unfortunately for you, you now know.

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