Can I put wax paper in the microwave

How do I avoid spatter when using the microwave?

Microwave foods often leave splashes that are difficult to clean. When I've microwaved food from containers I can usually just put the lid on and twist it to leave a crack to let air out. However, sometimes I'll be in the microwave long enough for the lid to warp. Additionally, this won't work for microwaves in plates and bowls. It seems strange and unnecessary to have to grab a lid to use it.

How can I avoid splashes as much as possible or reduce the amount of splashes to make cleaning easier?


Cover the food with paper! A few safety precautions first (or you can skip this and just use wax paper, which is safe):

Be warned that there may be a security risk. I have used this with no issues my entire life, but that doesn't mean I won't have issues.

  • Make sure there is no metal in the microwave. You don't want sparks to set your paper on fire.
  • Paper burns at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. Food in the microwave rarely gets above 212 degrees. So the paper shouldn't catch fire
  • "Most paper plates, towels, napkins, and bags [are microwaveable]. Use white, unprinted materials for best security." ref So, unprinted printer paper would probably be fine. Note, however, that "brown paper bags and newspapers" same ref are Not microwaveable.
  • Other things that are microwave safe:
  • More security to consider:
    • This states that the chemicals from paper can be carried over to your food.

I haven't found much that talked about printer paper specifically, but you might want to play it safe. Printer ink isn't too good to pick up, but if you don't take care of it, old printed paper can be used. If you're interested, you can use single-sided paper. Or you could just use paper.

If you want more security, wax paper is completely safe, as can be seen from various references.

Now that security is no longer in the way:

For something like a bowl, just put the paper right on top of it if it isn't touching your food anyway. If your microwave has a rotating tray, you may need to flip the ends down to prevent the paper from peeling off.

For something like a plate, fold the ends down to give the paper some height and fold the center of the paper so it doesn't touch your food much. If you mind the paper touching your food, you may need to add some support creases in the other direction. Something like that:

Cover the container of food with a piece of parchment paper, also known as parchment paper. This is fire safe and prevents the boiling droplets from flying out of the container. Parchment paper can withstand temperatures above 500 ° C for long enough to allow you to bake one or more turkeys in a gas oven. Microwaves shouldn't be a problem.

But do not confuse it with wax paper, otherwise it will burn!

When I microwave some food in the platter, I cover that platter with another similar platter of slightly smaller size (both platters are ceramic) or the "bell" like this one (this picture is only an example to show you what I meant With the "bell" it is important that the one you used Not made of metal.


This is good resistance to splash and does not affect heating performance (I often heat cheesecakes this way, I like them :)).

Use cling film (plastic wrap) and drill small holes near the center of the bowl. I find that this is enough to allow steam to escape and that any splatter effect is reduced (compared to covering the bowl with something and leaving a small gap on the edge) since the holes are central and small.

I usually use paper towels to cover the food, and if the food doesn't splash too much, I use the same paper towel as a napkin while I eat.

Very similar to the other answers, but indicating that the paper towel serves a dual purpose and does not need to be thrown away like parchment paper or washed like a plate.

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