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Recommended Cooking Utensils for the Microwave (MS11K3000)

To cook food in the microwave oven, the microwave must be able to penetrate the food, without being reflected or absorbed by the dish used. Care must be taken when choosing the cookware. If the cookware is marked microwave-safe, you do not need to worry.


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.
Crust plate Do not preheat for more than eight minutes.
China and earthenware 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 dishes.
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
Must remove the lid. Suitable for warming only.
  • 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
  May 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.
Thermometer ✓  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

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