I zap a soup bowl, half full of water for a couple minutes and
let the vapor condense within the oven cavity for a couple
The crud on the walls and inside the door then wipes
away quickly and easily with a paper towel.
Repeat once and the oven looks like new!
Excerpts from a thread in S.E.R. ng wrt microwaving..
I've found certain techniques that produce results which are more to my
personal liking.. such as always wrap/cover a sandwich in paper towel to
heat (prevents the bread/bun from getting hard spots without becoming
soggy), cover cold pizza also with paper towel, or better yet, eat it cold.
There are various options.. placing flat foods between two paper plates, or
tall sandwiches between two paper bowls.
There are various commercial plastic products/accessories for MWO use, but
those require washing.. disposable paper (not plastic/styrofoam) plates and
bowls, and plastic utensils don't.
I never put uncovered liquids or other types of foods that are a combination
of food/liquid in the MWO, I always use a paper plate as a cover. I can't
stand seeing a dirty MWO, and it's far easier to prevent eruptions than to
clean them up.
But then, I generally always wipe the interior down with a paper towel
dampened with 60/40% water/alcohol mixture that has a few drops of liquid
soap added per pint, to wipe out the condensed moisture, every time I use
I've been wanting to modify my MWO's fan to run for a timed cycle after the
food is cooked and removed, which would exaust some of the condensed
interior moisture and odor/aroma from the interior, but to also to help cool
down stuff that's way too hot to eat after 12 minutes of cooking, such as
the big Marie Callendar(?) potpies.
I prefer using a ventilated, translucent plastic cover. It holds in
the heat and most of the moisture. I run water over the inside and wipe
it out with a paper towel when I'm done cooking.
Also, spray a little water on cold pizza before rehating it to keep
the crust soft. I keep a spray bottle of distilled water on the counter
next to my microwave so it's easy to find when I need it.
Yup. I've been using a plastic bag to heat sandwiches.
It works to prevent bread hardening, but I'm concerned
about the VOCs and plasticizer 'seasoning'.
I'm thinking about these to prevent splatter and to heat two plates
at the same time. I'd prefer Pyrex, but I'm concerned about the
mess that a top - heavy stack would create if it got unstable. :)
I've stacked three bowls to do the same thing. (Middle one inverted)
You *are* tidy.
Even more betterer: Toaster Oven. ;-)
Put a piece of aluminum foil just a little bigger than the slice into the
oven. Preheat to 375-400; heat leftover pizza 8-10 minutes, until it's
just like a new pizza! (you might want to start checking it at maybe
5 minutes, depending how well you like it re-cooked.)
FWIW, I like a thin and crispy crust, so it doesn't need much moisture
WARMING leftover pizza? You heathen sicko, you!
"I probably became a libertarian through exposure to tough-minded
professors" James Buchanan, Armen Alchian, Milton Friedman "who
encouraged me to think with my brain instead of my heart. I
learned that you have to evaluate the effects of public policy
as opposed to intentions."
-- Walter E. Williams
In that case, here is the pizza-warming answer: a skillet. A low to
medium heat will crispen the crust and heat the toppings JUST RIGHT.
You think that you like it the way that you do it now, but try using a
skillet and you won't go back.
Ever since seeing the disgusting crap splattered all through the interior of
a MWO in the lunchroom at an industrial facility I once worked at, I've been
kinda particular about keeping my own fairly clean when I started using one
Quite a few years ago, there were numerous reports of using plastics in
MWOs, the heated plastics were reportedly killing pet birds (the canary
carried into mines-type situation).
I realize that there are less toxic plastic MW dishes now, but I just avoid
using any plastics in the MWO.
I picked up a lot of sheets of ABS and PVC a while ago, thinking that I'd
make a hot wire table for making bends, but got wised up by someone here in
RCM posting a link to the dangers of heating these plastics without adequate
ventilation/fume extraction. The gasses released from heating these
particular plastics can be very toxic.
Elsewhere I heard that burning some plastics can release small amounts of
sarin.. yep, that's possibly accurate/serious.
Covering certain foods with a paper towel (sandwiches or other baked goods)
will let some of the moisture out of the product, where a plastic or other
hard shell will result in a soggy sandwich by keeping all the moisture