cookware guide

To cook food in the microwave oven, the microwaves must be able to penetrate the food, without being reflected or absorbed by the dish used.

Care must therefore be taken when choosing the cookware. If the cookware is marked microwave-safe, you do not need to worry.

The following table lists various types of cookware and indicates whether and how they should be used in a microwave oven.






Aluminium foil


Can be used in small quantities to




protect areas against overcooking.




Arcing can occur if the foil is too close




to the oven wall or if too much foil is








Browning plate


Do not preheat for more than eight








China and earthenware


Porcelain, pottery, glazed earthenware




and bone china are usually suitable,




unless decorated with a metal trim.




Disposable polyester


Some frozen foods are packaged in

cardboard dishes


these dishes.




Fast-food packaging



Polystyrene cups


Can be used to warm food.




Overheating may cause the polystyrene




to melt.

Paper bags or


May catch fire.





Recycled paper or


May cause arcing.


metal trims









Oven-to-table ware


Can be used, unless decorated with a




metal trim.

Fine glassware


Can be used to warm foods or liquids.




Delicate glass may break or crack if




heated suddenly.

Glass jars


Must remove the lid. Suitable for




warming only.





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