How to Keep Food From Drying Out in the Microwave

Microwaves can be a real lifesaver for lunches at work and reheating leftovers, but sometimes microwave cooking can alter the consistency of foods. Many people complain about baked goods like breads and entrees like pasta and rice becoming dry and less flavourful when reheated in the microwave. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help prevent food from drying out when you’re microwave cooking. Follow these tips for moister dishes.

  • Cover baked goods with a moistened paper bag. This will transfer some moisture into the food as it heats.
  • Place a small glass of water in the microwave beside your food. As the water boils, it will release steam that can help prevent foods from drying out.
  • Purchase a microwave safe lid to put over plates and bowls inside of the microwave. These lids help to lock in moisture and can also prevent the inside of your microwave from becoming splattered when you cook.
  • Use the appropriate setting. If your microwave oven has a reheat programme, only use it for warming leftovers and heating up baked goods. If not, try heating your food on the medium setting to reduce the likelihood of dehydration.



If none of the above tips improve the consistency of your food, give us a call at Matic Service, particularly if poor results are a new phenomenon. A malfunction with your microwave could be to blame for your cooking woes. We can troubleshoot your microwave and make any necessary repairs to get it in perfect working order again.