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Recommended Cooking Utensils for the Microwave (ME16K3000)

If you are not sure whether an item is microwave-safe or not, you can perform the simple test listed below.

Microwave-safe utensils

Cookware Microwave-safe Comments
Aluminum foil ✓✗ Can be used in small quantities to protect areas against overcooking. Arcing can occur if the foil is too close to the oven wall or you use too much foil.
Browning plate Do not preheat for more than eight minutes.
Ceramic, porcelain, and stoneware Porcelain, pottery, glazed earthenware and bone china are usually suitable, unless decorated with a metal trim.
Disposable polyester cardboard Some frozen foods are packaged in these materials.
Fast-food packaging    
  •  Polystyrene cups/containers
Can be used to warm food. Overheating may cause the polystyrene to melt. 
  •  Paper bags or newspaper
May catch fire.
  • Recycled paper or metal trims
✗  May cause arcing.
  • Oven-to-table ware 

Can be used, unless decorated with a metal trim.

  • Fine glassware  
Can be used to warm foods or liquids. Delicate glass may break or crack if heated suddenly.
  • Glass jars
Regular glass is too thin to be used in a microwave, and can shatter.
  • Dishes, Utensils

May cause arcing or fire.
  • Freezer bag twist ties

  • Plates, cups, napkins and kitchen paper  

For short cooking times and warming. Also to absorb excess moisture.

  • Recycled paper

Do not use recycled paper towels, which may contain metal and may catch fire or cause arcing.

  • Containers
Can be used if heat-resistant thermoplastic. Some plastics may warp or discolor at high temperatures. Do not use Melamine plastic. 
  • Cling film
Can be used to retain moisture. Avoid wrapping the food too tightly. Take care when removing the film as hot steam will escape. 
  • Freezer bags


Only if boilable or oven-proof. Should not be airtight. Prick with a fork, if necessary.

Wax or greaseproof paper

✓  Can be used to retain moisture and prevent spattering.


✓  Use only those marked “Microwave-safe” and follow the directions. Check the temperature in several places. You can use conventional thermometers once the food has been removed from the oven.

Straw, wicker, and wood

✓✗ Use only for short-term heating, as these materials can be flammable. 

✓ : Recommended                          ✓✗ : Use caution                          ✗ : Unsafe to use / Do not

Microwave-safe Utensil Test

  1. Place 1 cup of water (in a glass-measuring cup) inside your oven next to the item to be tested.


  2. Press the +30 sec button twice to heat them both for one minute at high power.

    After one minute, the water should be warm and the item you are testing should be cool. If the dish is warm, then it is absorbing microwave energy and is not microwave-safe.

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