From movie night popcorn to reheated coffee (I know, I know), the microwave is a pretty indispensable part of my life. Whether I don’t feel like dirtying a pot or pan, it’s too hot to turn on the oven, or I just don’t have time to cook a proper meal, the speedy waves of the microwave save the day every time. Well, almost every time. Because as almost everyone who’s used one before can tell you, there are some things you really can’t put in the microwave.
I learned this the hard way after trying to reheat a burrito wrapped in foil. Sparks flew, smoke started pouring out the door, and my mom was very, very upset. But this handy list will help spare you from the indignities I suffered. Keep using your handy microwave with the confidence and security that comes from knowing exactly what not to do. And for those other things? Well, that’s what the stove is for.