Beware of defrosting foods too quickly in the microwave

USING a high setting to defrost food in the microwave could be a health risk, experts say.

Microwave power is usually between 800 and 1,100 watts, but a high power setting is not necessarily the best option – especially when it comes to defrosting foods.

This in turn can mean certain areas become overcooked, while others remain cold. Bacteria may survive in the latter, which poses a hygiene risk.

TUV experts recommend using a lower power setting when defrosting foods in the microwave, to allow the heat to spread more evenly through all parts of the food. (dpa)

A woman takes a meal out of a microwave oven. Heating meals too quickly can pose health risks. - DPA
A woman takes a meal out of a microwave oven. Heating meals too quickly can pose health risks. – DPA