FOOD SAFETY FOR MICROWAVE USERS
• Cook food taken straight from the fridge for a little longer than food at room temperature.
• Read and follow the instructions on the pack when microwaving frozen or chilled products. Check that the instructions apply to your oven’s power rating. If they do not, adjust the cooking time – see Cooking in a Microwave.
• Stir runny foods such as casseroles and sauces occasionally to ensure even heating. Bubbling doesn’t necessarily mean the food is heated all the way through.
• Don’t be tempted to try to cook a lot of dishes at one time in a microwave oven. They will cook faster and more evenly one at a time.
• Allow for standing times where they are given in recipes. This will ensure that the food is evenly heated right through.
• Follow closely all recipe instructions for turning food by hand, stirring, or using an oven’s automatic turntable. Food may not cook properly if you ignore these directions.
• Test food with your finger or a microwave thermometer to make sure it is hot all the way through before serving. If parts are only cool or warm, return the food to the oven for a little longer.
• When recipes give a range of cooking times, cook the food for the shorter time, then check to see if it is done. If not, return it to the oven for the remainder of the time, checking frequently.