- Find the hot and cold spots by spreading a layer of trimmed white bread slices edge to edge over the microwave floor. Set on High and watch the browning process through the glass door.
- To test whether a dish is microwave safe, place it in the oven next to a glass measuring cup of water; turn on High for 1 minute. If the water is warm, you know the oven is working. If the dish is cool, it’s OK to use; if it’s hot, don’t use it in the microwave.
- To get full cooking power, wipe out the oven after each use — especially around the door seal — using a mild detergent or baking soda solution. Soften stubborn soil with steam by boiling a cup of water in the oven; then clean with a plastic (not steel wool) scrubbing pad.
- To give microwaved meat an appetizing browned look, brush it first with soy sauce mixed with a little water.
- To get rid of lingering flood odors or a stale smell, place a thick slice of lemon on a paper towel and microwave it on High for 1 to 1½ minutes; let stand overnight.
- If greasy residue or food inside the oven catches fire, keep the door closed, turn the oven off, and disconnect the cord at the plug or shut off the power.
- If you’re worried about high electricity or gas bills, economize by preheating food in a microwave on High before completing the cooking in a regular oven.
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