9 Ways to Safely Heat Up Your Food

Use these tricks and tips to prevent yourself from unwanted chemicals and foodborne illness.

9 Ways to Safely Heat Up Your Food

By Toni Gasparis

Microwaves are super handy tools to heat up leftovers when you're in a rush. But microwaving foods in plastic containers can be super harmful to your health. Plastic containers that are labeled microwave safe-only guarantee that they will not melt in the microwave. However, the chemicals in the plastic can still leach onto your food when it's warming up. Use these tips to make sure you're heating up your food the healthy way.


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Make Sure Meat Is Heated Through

Leftover meat can spread bacteria. If food is not microwaved properly this could lead to foodborne illness like E. Coli. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends using a thermometer to make sure microwaved meat is safe to eat. Red meat should reach 145°F, ground meat 160°F, poultry 165°F, and fish 145°F.

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