A friend has asked me to ask Spirit about the microwave. Here are her questions and Spirit’s answers. The list of questions isn’t exhaustive, so if you have questions please add them in the Comments.
Is it ok to use a microwave?
The answer is neither yes or no. A microwave is a tool in the kitchen and it depends how people use it.
If so, what are the recommended guidelines?
- In general, any food that is cooked in the microwave for over 10 minutes (without stopping the microwave in the middle) will not be cooked evenly and can cause burns if eaten immediately after the microwaving.
- If the door is damaged in any way, the microwave should no longer be used.
- The microwave should be placed where children under the age of seven can’t open it, but not so high that food containers are difficult to insert and remove.
Will the food be less nutritious?
Is it OK to use one for heating (as opposed to cooking)?
What about flash cooking vegetables?
Vegetables cook better on the stove top when the heat is high and the cooking time is short.
Is it OK to use plastic containers in the microwave, as long as the food contains no oil? Is it OK to cover food with a plastic cover? a beeswax-infused cover?
The best containers for microwaving are glass. The best covers are microwave approved (from a reputable company), paper, and not old (old means in terms of usage: no scratches or tears). No to beeswax coverings and plastics that can melt in a dishwasher.
Is it important to stand some distance away while it is working?
Several factors affect the distance to stand. Older people who are not ill can stand next to it, while ill people or children should stand farther away. The issue is not radiation, but of vibrations that affect blood flow and digestion.
Is it OK to cook porridge in the microwave?
How often should one have the MW checked for excessive radiation?
If the microwave is damaged so that the door doesn’t close completely, get a new microwave.