How Do I Know If My Mug Is Microwave Safe
Sometimes, when we are too busy, we And by the time you took a sip, it's already cold. You might be tempted to shove it inside the microwave and reheat it without minding the importance of knowing if the mug you are using is microwave-safe. So how do I know if my mug is microwave safe? Let's do some testing.
Testing Mugs And Other Dishes
Some mugs come with a printed sign indicating if it is microwave safe. However, some don't have that. You will have to figure out if the one you have can be used in a microwave or not. How do I know if my mug is microwave safe? Follow the steps below to do the microwave-safe test on your mug and other kitchen dishes.
- Step 1. Look for a cup or any dish that has a label saying its microwave safe and put water in it. Just put the right amount of water and not overflowing so it will not spill.
- Step 2. Put the mug or dish that you need to test right beside the water-filled microwave-safe cup inside the microwave. Note that in case you are testing a bigger dish and it won't fit inside the microwave along with the microwave-safe cup, you can put the cup in the dish. The test will still work if you position it that way.
- Step 3. Once the cup of water and the mug that needs to be tested are inside the microwave, set the microwave in its maximum power setting for one minute.
- Step 4. Wear a potholder or your oven gloves. Remove both the cup with water, and the mug then put them in your kitchen counter.
- Step 5. Slightly touch the mug that's being tested. If it is hot, then it is not safe to use in a microwave. However, if it is cold and the cup of water is the hot one, the mug is safe to use in a microwave.
- Step 6. Make sure to mark the mug so you'll have an indicator next time that you can use it in a microwave.
Materials - To Microwave Or Not
It is best to know the common materials that are safe to use in a microwave and those that are not.
- Glasses, Ceramics, Porcelain, China - They are always almost safe to use in a microwave. But it wouldn't hurt to check for the microwave label just to be sure. If there's no mark, do the test mentioned above. Also, do not use the ones that have metal edges.
- Plastic - Use only the ones with the microwave-safe label. Plastic containers that are meant to be placed in a freeze to store food such as ice cream containers are not microwavable.
- Paper - Some papers are actually microwavable such as parchment, wax paper, white paper plates, napkins, and towels. However, brown paper products should not be microwaved.
- Metal - Not safe to use. Therefore, do not microwave aluminum foils, utensils made in metal, and cups and dishes containing metal handles or metallic paints.
Make sure to check if the dish or container you are using is microwave safe before you put them inside the microwave for safety purposes.