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Microwaving Food the Easy Way

use of microwave accessoriesThe thought of microwaving food raises all sorts of questions, mostly out of concern about contents blowing up and creating a mess. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered here. And how about using the proper BPA-free microwave accessories? Let’s just say our friends Down Under are a big help…

Sure, microwave ovens are super convenient to quickly reheat a cup of coffee or some leftovers, but they are also highly efficient at cooking breakfast, snacks and even dinner in no time at all. How about eggs and bacon on a rushed morning, or a big bowl of healthy popcorn to enjoy while watching TV?

Microwave Food Cover

A simple microwavable food cover, also called a splatter cover, has to be one of the handiest accessories to keep your oven clean and contain messes when they happen – because they will. Both of the following plate covers are BPA-free and incorporate steam vents.

ZFITEI magnetic microwave coverThis 11.5″ diameter ZFITEI magnetic microwave cover comes with the big advantage of having solved its own storage issue: four magnets were thoughtfully incorporated into the handle, allowing this ingenious splatter guard to be stored inside your oven. Just make sure to check with a magnet first to confirm that the top of your microwave cavity actually IS magnetic. Find the ZFITEI here.

Tovolo plate coverThe Tovolo plate cover measures 10.5″ in diameter, and it too comes with its own storage solution: it conveniently collapses when you are done with it! Buy it here.

Microwave Bacon Tray

Tovolo bacon rack microwaveCooking bacon in the microwave is so simple with the help of Prep Solutions’ microwave bacon tray. Designed for microwaves with a minimum 12.5″-diameter turntable, it can cook 4-6 strips of bacon to perfection. Its grooves keep the bacon elevated allowing fat to drip off, while its vented cover with recessed handle prevents grease splatter. It can be used not only to microwave bacon, but also for sausage links, patties, pizza rolls, taquitos, etc. Check out this bacon prepper here.

Microwave Popcorn Poppers

Ready to ditch your old Pampered Chef microwave popcorn maker for a healthy microwave popcorn popper that is proudly BPA free? Find out about the two best microwave popcorn poppers backed by popularity and customer satisfaction. No more butter substitutes, plus you save money and help the environment by eliminating microwave popping bags: win-win-win.

Salbree healthy microwave popcornNo need for oven mitts: this Salbree Popcorn Popper comes with its own handles making it easy to carry as well as toss while seasoning. Made of dishwasher-safe non-porous high-quality food grade silicone, its 5.7″ height collapses to 2.25″ for easy storage. And when you know that it is backed by a 30-day 100% money back guarantee, the only question that remains is which of the 23 colors to choose.

ecolution microwave popcorn popperThe temperature-safe borosilicate glass vessel of this Ecolution Popcorn Popper allows hot air to circulate, preventing burning. It is also easy to clean in the dishwasher. Its ergonomic handle stays cool while popping, and its silicone 3-in-1 lid can be used as a cover, to measure the kernel serving size as well as melt butter directly onto the popcorn while it’s popping in the microwave popcorn popper. This popcorn maker comes in 6 colors and is available in either a 3-quart Family or 1.5-quart Snack size. Buy it here.

Sistema microwave cookwareSistema microwave containers are incredibly versatile and will amaze you with the variety of dishes each can russell up. But is Sistema Microwave safe? And the response from Down Under is a resounding Yes!

Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, they are Phthalate & BPA free as well as fridge, freezer and dishwasher safe (top shelf only for Klip It products). A steam release vent located on the lids allows for splatter-free microwave heating. Do not use in convection ovens.

Sistema Microwave Egg Cooker

Sistema microwave egg bowlThe Sistema Egg Cooker makes it so easy to make a poached egg in the microwave – or a scrambled egg, an omelette, a perfect size egg for a muffin, and even tater tots. For a hearty breakfast, a second egg cooker will take care of pancakes or sausages … 😉 Buy it here.

Sistema Microwave Noodle Bowl

Sistema noodle bowlThese Sistema bowls are the true Jack-of-all-trades for microwaving food. Commonly used to microwave ramen and other noodle dishes, they can also (based on Sistema recipes) cook Banana Foster, Blueberry Lemon Sauce, all sorts of chicken dishes including Chicken Marsala, Chicken Taco Bowl, Chicken Teriyaki, Chili, Meatball Parmesan or Submarine, Frittata, and – are you ready for this – Salted Caramel Pretzels or Chocolate Fondue! Go check it out!

Sistema Steamers

easily steam vegetables in microwaveSteaming in the microwave is a piece of cake with Sistema Microwave Steamer containers.
Specifically designed to cook vegetables, fish and poultry, they feature KLIP IT easy locking clips and a steam release vent in the lid to prevent splatter. The middle stalk remains cool to the touch, enabling easy lifting out of the steamer when ready to serve. Eat straight from the containers or use to store leftovers.

Use the Large microwave vegetable steamer (10.9oz/13.6Cup/3.2L) to cook popular dishes like Pot Stickers, Philly Steak Sandwich, Buffalo Sloppy Joe, Beef and Vegetable Pie or a Lasagna. Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Enchiladas or Fajitas, Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables are other favorites.

Feel like lighter fare? Why not try Shrimp Scampi, Stuffed Filet of Sole, or side dishes such as Asparagus in White Wine and Lemon Sauce, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Cinnamon Butternut Squash or Spinach Pie. Click here for the Large size.

The Small and Medium Sistema steamers (50oz/1.4L and 83.5oz/2.4L respectively) are perfectly capable of cooking Tilapia with Spinach and Feta, Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce, Chicken Cacciatore, Hot Dogs & Sauerkraut, Green Beans Almondine or perfect Asparagus. Click here for the Small and Medium containers.

Sistema Soup Mug

Sistema large soup mugUse the Sistema microwaveable soup mug to make some quick Tomato Soup, Minestrone, Onion or Wonton Soup, but know that it is capable of doing much more than microwave soup. Whip up pasta dishes, Tacos, Orzo with Mushrooms, Shrimp Fried Rice, Hot Dog and Beans, Chicken Parmesan or in Lemon Butter Sauce, Shrimp Cocktail, French Toast, and even Cinnamon Hot Cocoa! Check out this Large Soup Mug.

Sistema Breakfast Bowl

microwave oatmeal bowlLast of the bunch, these containers may play the most important role in your daily routine: getting the day started on the right foot with a healthy meal!

This first 28.7oz./850ml Sistema microwave breakfast bowl has but one goal on its agenda: heat porridge and similar breakfasts such as Quick Oats or Rolled Oats – ouf! Buy it here.

small microwave breakfast bowlThe smaller 17.9 oz./0.5 L To Go Collection Breakfast Bowl Food Storage Container can also be used in the microwave but without the lid as it has no steam release vent. Perfect for breakfast-on-the-go: use the stow-away spoon to enjoy yogurt and granola or cereal and milk in your own time.

The inner bowl features an extended flexible seal that fits tightly over the bowl while the lid’s easy-locking clips seal the deal, ensuring the two compartments will keep ingredients separated until you’re ready to eat. Go here for this clever To Go breakfast carrier.

microwavable dishesNot all tableware is made to withstand this special kind of heating, which makes specially made microwave plates perfect for serving dinner at the table.

Getting interrupted during a meal no longer has to be an ordeal. Simply pop your dinner plate in the microwave, top with a plate cover to avoid splatter, and you’re ready to resume a nice, warm meal…

find microwave recipesWorried about cooking eggs in a microwave or how to microwave mac and cheese? Start by using the appropriate safe microwave plastic container, then take inspiration from the fantastic recipes both Panasonic and Sistema share on their websites. Of course, starting with inverter microwave technology always helps.

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