I hope everybody had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Ours was nice, minus the truth that we broke our microwave plate. Fortunately, I did some analysis so I may reply your entire questions on what to do if you break your microwave plate. Preserve studying for the solutions!
1. Can You Use a Microwave With out the Glass Plate?
Sure, you should utilize a microwave with no glass plate. Nonetheless, it’s not as efficient as having the glass plate in place.
The microwaves will warmth the meals extra evenly if there’s something rotating it whereas it’s being heated. The glass plate serves as a turntable and helps to make sure that the meals is uncovered to the microwaves evenly.
Whereas it’s doable to make use of a microwave with out the glass plate, doing so could not warmth your meals evenly. This could trigger some parts of the meals to stay raw and improve your threat for salmonella or meals poisoning.
With the intention to make certain the meals cooks evenly with no glass plate, you’ll must microwave in brief increments of time (30 seconds-1 minute). Then pause and rotate your dish manually after every increment repeating the method till the meals is absolutely cooked.
In essence, you are attempting to manually replicate the rotation that may occur for those who had a glass plate to do it for you.
Do you know that there are newer mannequin microwaves that don’t require a glass plate? A flatbed or turntable-free microwave doesn’t include a glass plate usually present in conventional microwaves.
As a substitute of utilizing a glass plate to direct the microwaves in direction of the meals, it makes use of rotating antennas from under to deflect the microwave vitality. This permits for extra even cooking.
The upside to those microwaves is that they’re simpler to scrub as a result of there is no such thing as a glass plate to fret about getting soiled or stained. The draw back is that they value greater than conventional microwaves.
2. What Causes a Microwave Plate To Break?
Within the 30 years, I’ve been working within the kitchen, I’ve solely seen a glass turntable break as soon as. It’s a fairly uncommon prevalence, however it might probably occur.
There are just a few the reason why it’d occur, reminiscent of if the plate is cracked or chipped or an excessive amount of inside stress attributable to the warmth.
3. What Plate Can Exchange a Damaged Microwave Plate?
When your microwave plate breaks, it’s best to solely exchange it with the very same plate from the producer. Attempting to make use of a unique make or mannequin of a plate may cause your microwave to not work appropriately.
A microwave oven’s glass turntable is crucial not simply to warmth meals however to eat up extra microwave vitality and shield the microwave tube from excessive reflective vitality. For this reason it’s harmful to attempt utilizing a plate that isn’t made to your microwave.
There are a number of locations the place you’ll find alternative microwave plates.
Amazon is a superb place to begin when searching for a alternative microwave plate. They’ve a wide array of plates from totally different producers or you can too go straight to the closest thrift retailer in your space.
I wish to go to thrift shops for all types of issues. You by no means know what chances are you’ll come throughout, and it’s an excellent place to search out hidden treasures, together with microwave plates.
Sure, that’s proper! Yow will discover many alternative plates right here, usually at way more inexpensive costs than different locations.
For those who’re not having any luck discovering a alternative microwave plate on Amazon or at thrift shops, you can too attempt Craigslist or FreeCycle. On Craigslist, you’ll be able to place a “needed” advert to your explicit microwave mannequin, and somebody could have a plate that they’re keen to promote.
FreeCycle is a web site the place individuals can put up objects they not want, and others can then take them free of charge. Since there are many damaged microwaves on the market, the place individuals have an excellent plate, chances are you’ll discover one on this website free of charge.
4. Can You Glue Again Collectively The Damaged Microwave Glass Tray (The Turntable)?
When your microwave’s glass tray breaks, it may be tempting to try to repair it your self with some glue. Nonetheless, this isn’t a beneficial answer, as it might probably create a lot of security hazards.
While you attempt to repair a damaged microwave glass tray with glue, you run the chance of making harmful sizzling spots on the tray. If there are any bubbles or voids within the seal, they will trigger the glass to interrupt underneath the warmth.
The seam will even be a possibility for uncleanliness. For those who’re not cautious, meals and different particles can get caught within the crack, which will be tough to scrub. Not solely is it unpleasant, nevertheless it may also be a breeding floor for micro organism.
Don’t try to repair a damaged microwave glass tray by yourself. As a substitute, exchange it as quickly as doable. It’s not definitely worth the threat to your security and well being.
5. The Substitute Plate Suits The Microwave, However It’s Smaller In Diameter Than The Authentic. Is It Nonetheless Protected To Use?
Sure, it’s secure to proceed utilizing a microwave plate that’s smaller in diameter than the unique. So long as it suits correctly on the turntable and rotates easily, it is going to work simply high quality.
The smaller dimension of the alternative microwave plate received’t maintain as a lot meals as the unique plate, however that normally isn’t an issue. Most individuals don’t must microwave massive quantities of meals directly, so the diminished capability shouldn’t be a difficulty.
6. How To Measure Microwave Plate Dimension?
There are just a few methods to measure the dimensions of your microwave plate.
The primary is to measure it with a tape measure or ruler. Examine the diameter of the microwave plate to the measurement offered by the specs of your microwave. Yow will discover these specs in your proprietor’s guide or on the producer’s web site.
One other method to measure the dimensions of your microwave plate is to check it to the dimensions of your china plates. For instance, if the microwave plate is ready to match 10-inch to 12-inch china plates, then it’s prone to be round that dimension.
7. Is It Cheaper To Purchase a Entire New Microwave Oven or Simply Exchange The Microwaves Plate Myself?
When you’ve got been utilizing the microwave oven for a while, chances are you’ll need to contemplate shopping for a brand new one than changing the brand new microwave plate. The brand new microwave ovens include improved options to make your cooking expertise higher.
The price of a brand new one shouldn’t be way more than a alternative plate. The value for a alternative plate normally begins at round $25 and may go as much as $50, relying on the model and mannequin. In the meantime, the worth of respectable microwave ovens can vary from $99 to $150.
These microwaves are already ok for on a regular basis use in most households. They’ve include all of the options that you’ll ever want to make use of at dwelling.
Options reminiscent of LED panels with a digital clock that may also be used as a handy kitchen timer, presets for various meals objects (popcorn, baked potato, pizza, and so forth.), possibility for velocity defrosting, and so forth.
With such a low worth distinction, it’s usually price it to put money into a brand new microwave oven as an alternative of simply changing the plate.