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Metal: To Microwave or Not To Microwave…

…that is the question!

Please take a look at a fantastic piece on microwaving metal, written by Paul Hope at www.goodhousekeeping.com.

 

Paul Hope evaluates and writes about kitchen appliances and gadgets ranging in size from paper plates to refrigerators and stoves. In addition to editorial reviews, Paul also tests products seeking the Good Housekeeping Seal. A background in food helps him appreciate equipment, and as a trained chef, he knows exactly what to look for. You can contact Paul by email at GHRIblog@hearst.com

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Melamine & Microwaves

It has long been known that Melamine dishes are not suitable for microwave oven use. A recent comment found on a Tip-of-the-Week at on www.about.com aptly articulates the reasons why:

MicrowaveGuru says:

There can be a very small amount of migration of the melamine-formaldehyde resin, but as you stated elsewhere, the FDA concluded that it was well below the safe use limit. However, the real reason for not microwaving melamine dishes or cookware is that it can become very hot when microwaved. Most plastics are microwave transparent and do not get hot. Melamine absorbs microwave energy and, as a result, heats.