Microwaves are mysterious. When they entered the culinary scene some 60 years ago, they altered the way home cooks did things. Microwaves can defrost meats in a tenth of the time, cook a potato in a quarter and quickly heat up leftovers without having to make a mess of pans in the kitchen.
But such great power requires a good education; there are important dos and don'ts to keep in mind when using this appliance. And you'll want to be sure to pay careful attention because these tips can affect your health (helping you avoid chemicals leaching into your foods) and your safety (yes, you can easily start a fire in your microwave).