Thursday December 6, 2018 is National Microwave Oven Day. Nearly 92% of American households have a microwave oven. Countertop, above range, under counter, under cabinet are all possible locations for this cooking and reheating phenomenon.

American engineer Percy Spencer, who worked for Raytheon, invented the microwave oven back in 1945. He discovered a candy bar in his pocket had melted after working with active radar.

A few years ago, my wife and I tossed our old microwave after getting spooked about some rumored health risks associated with using a microwave. According to, microwaves can kill food nutrition, create carcinogens in food (wrapped in plastic), mess with your blood make up and heart rate.

We did, however, recently purchase a new, countertop microwave oven on Black Friday. With two young children in the house now, we desperately need the convenience! So, I guess we'll chance the health risks.

Not all food goes well in a microwave though. Here's some do's and don'ts when it comes to microwaveable food.


  • Potatoes
  • Nachos
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Popcorn


  • French Fries
  • Broccoli
  • Fish
  • Pizza
  • Steak


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