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How to use the microwave safely (plus tips on using the blender!)

How to use the microwave safely

Having a microwave at home can making whipping up meals so easy! They are great for reheating leftovers and for cooking foods too. Before you get started, here are some basic rules to follow.

Know your microwave
There are many different types of microwaves with all sorts of interesting buttons. Ask an adult to show you the features on your own microwave, including the cook time and heat settings.

Use microwave-safe cookware
Not all dishes, bowls or cookware can go in the microwave. It can be dangerous to microwave aluminum and certain plastics, which may cause a fire. Ask an adult to show you which microwave-safe dinnerware and cookware is safe to use.

Open containers carefully
Microwaves can get extremely hot! When microwaving foods in containers, make sure to be very careful when taking off the lid because the escaping steam could hurt you.

Do you know how to use a blender?
Blenders are also great tools to have in the kitchen. They’re used for making smoothies, soups and even ice cream! Blenders require electricity to work and can be very powerful when turned on — watch out for the sharp blades at the bottom so you don’t accidentally cut yourself. And NEVER put your hand in a blender when it’s plugged in. Ask an adult to show you how to use the blender settings and which foods are OK to blend before getting started.

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