Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Myth: I can cook any food in a microwave oven.

Answer: BUSTED!

Sometimes proper cooking requires the use of a conventional oven, not a microwave. Cooking instructions on packages are intended for a specific type of appliance and may not be applicable to all ovens.

pre-packaged chicken in microwave oven
Follow cooking instructions on the label
Some prepared convenience foods are oddly-shaped or have varying thicknesses, which can cause uneven cooking in a microwave oven. Cold spots can be left and bacteria can survive and grow.

Always use the appliance(s) recommended on the label, follow cooking instructions and use a food thermometer to make sure a safe internal temperature is reached to destroy bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.

Visit MissouriFamilies.org to find more information on food safety.

Contributor: Karen Sherbondy, MEd, RD, LD, Extension Associate, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri Extension, 816-655-6227

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