First, the safety rules
- NO metal - Never put metal in a microwave. Although in rare instances it is not dangerous, metal typically sparks and causes fires that will ruin your microwave, and possibly cause other damage and physical harm. Some types of aluminum foil (if unwrinkled) may be OK in a microwave, but if you look at all the restrictions on their safe use, I think you’ll agree that type of foil isn't worth the effort or the risk.
- Heating liquids – Water can “erupt” if microwaved over its boiling point (212 degrees). Avoid being splattered with boiling water by using a measuring cup or other container with sloped sides and stopping the microwave periodically to gently stir the water. Also, if you're adding a teabag or other ingredient to the water, do it before the water has boiled. For heating liquids other than water, keep in mind that a microwave heats all food (liquids, solids and mixtures such as stews) from the inside out. Microwaved food tends to be much hotter in the center than toward the sides of the container. You can even out the temperature by stirring the food being heated periodically while it is heating.
- Covering food – Microwaving creates steam that needs to escape. Don't use a tightly closed cover – leave a corner or slit open in the cover, or between the dish and the cover, to allow steam to escape. Also, the bowl may be hot, so use a potholder or towel.
Next, the tips
- Containers & covers - With all the scientific information on plastics leaching into food, I think it’s best to use microwave-safe glassware. But if you do use plastic wrap or waxed paper, make sure it is microwave safe. Don't use foam or take-out plastic containers - they aren't microwave-safe.
- Power - The microwave's power (wattage) determines how quickly it heats your food. When following directions on a package or using a recipe that gives a particular microwave setting or time for microwaving food, be prepared to make adjustments if your microwave is particularly weak or powerful. You may find the wattage on a label in your microwave or if you have the make and model, you can look up the wattage online at the manufacturer's website. If you can't find the wattage yourself, here is a handy test.
- Same bowls - and 1 more minute at 50% power.
- Chips were solid-looking until I started stirring them. With 30 more seconds at 50% (2 1/2 minutes total time), the chips melted completely.
Easy microwave single serving cheesecakes - Try this cheesecake recipe, with step-by-step instructions and pictures. Each cheesecake costs less than $2 and they are simply delicious. Enjoy!
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more information
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
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