Microwave ovens heat the surfaces of food quickly, but leave food with “cold spots” that could support the growth of harmful bacteria. It is recommended that large cuts of meat not be prepared in the microwave.
It is important to become familiar with the manufacturer’s information so that food cooks thoroughly and evenly in the microwave. In addition, follow these microwave safety tips:
- Cover food to hold in moisture, cook evenly, and keep microwave clean.
- If microwave does not have a turntable, stir food several times during heating.
- Allow food cooked in the microwave to stand covered for 2 minutes after heating.
- Check the internal temperature of food in several places to verify that food has reached a safe internal temperature of 165 °F in all parts of food.