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Microwaves: Great for leftovers, dangerous when used incorrectly

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A nice glass of milk before bed or your leftovers from last night’s dinner: Microwaves make it easy to zap your food warm fast. But like all technology, as useful as the microwave is, it isn’t a miracle way to heat up or cook just any old food. Perishable foods, like raw poultry, for example, are entirely unsuited for microwaves. This is because microwaves cause an uneven temperature distribution. “If the food is not heated sufficiently in some places, it can become a hygiene risk,” warns Andrea Danitschek from a consumer advice centre in Germany. To ensure that pathogens are killed off, tempe…

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