SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - We use them at home and we use them at work and they save us a lot of time when we're in a hurry and we want to cook or heat something up.
But there are some do's and don'ts when you're using a microwave and it's important to know what kind of containers should and shouldn't be placed in the microwave.
"When you're reheating food make sure you're reheating in microwave safe reheatable vessels. You should use glass or a microwaveable safe container. Do not reheat in left over margarine tubs or Styrofoam containers or stuff you get from the grocery store. It's not really an acceptable way of reheating," said Richard Callahan the Executive Chef at Baystate Medical Center.
If you use a plastic container that is not microwave safe some of the chemicals may leach into your food.
It's important to remember that there are some things that should never be placed in a microwave.
Never put a metal object like a pot or pan into a microwave.
Never put aluminum containers in a microwave to warm up food.
"Not recently maybe a coffee or something like that but I haven't really used Styrofoam that much," said Dan Lynes of Enfield, Connecticut.
It is not safe to reheat coffee or tea that's in a Styrofoam cup in a microwave.
It's also important to make sure your food is hot enough. A food thermometer is a good way to check the temperature.
Most food should be heated up to around 165 degrees.
Microwave ovens can cook unevenly so it's important to stir your food while its cooking and when it's done to kill any harmful bacteria.
You can get more information on microwave safety from the USDA .