8 March, 2011
Why use a plate cover in the microwave?Comments : 1 Posted in : Gadgets for Greatness on by : Lauri Tags: freezer staples, home cooking, kitchen supplies, make at home, microwave, plate cover, ten minutes or less
How do I love plate covers? Let me count the ways:
- They’re cheap. I have two: one cost me about eight bucks, and the other was less than two.
- They cause food to cook faster, saving time and energy.
- They keep your food from drying out. A cover concentrates the moisture already in your food, essentially steaming it in its own juices, keeping it moist and flavorful.
- They keeps food warm longer, so it’s hot when you’re ready to serve.
- You can cook two plates at a time: put a cover over one plate, stack the second plate on top of the cover, and put another cover on top of that.
- It may even help keep nutrients from escaping from your food, especially with fruits and vegetables, for the same reason we’re encouraged to steam veggies rather than boil them.
- …and, oh yeah, it helps keep your microwave clean. (Woo hoo!)
This one (see photo) from Nordic Ware (available on Amazon) is the best I’ve found, for its durability and the stable plastic used in its construction. Some people, likely spurred on by a bevy of hysterical “warning!” emails, have expressed concerns about chemicals leaching into food when cooked. But this model is made of tougher stuff, and never even seems to get dirty, beyond the usual wear and tear. In the end, there is actually little cause for concern, especially when using a quality product: due to the rules that govern food-grade plastics, these items are generally very safe and readily available.
If you use a microwave at all, get a cover. It changes everything about nuked food.