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    I find a microwave oven brilliant for cooking rice. It comes out as evenly fluffed as you could ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Indeed, but there are measurable levels of acceptable safety, and levels which may exceed that, due to key parts of microwave ovens degrading with age.
    Yes, dangerous microwaves could leak out of the machine, but how would they make the food unsafe to eat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I find a microwave oven brilliant for cooking rice. It comes out as evenly fluffed as you could ask for.
    A bag of spinach cooks brilliantly in a microwave. Just make sure that you get the pre-washed type. Also, sweet potates in the bag. They steam cook in minutes and taste great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    Yes, dangerous microwaves could leak out of the machine, but how would they make the food unsafe to eat?
    By rendering the user unable to chew properly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    Yes, dangerous microwaves could leak out of the machine, but how would they make the food unsafe to eat?
    I don't know, but I'm simply unwilling to take the risk. Replacing a microwave oven after 10 years of use simply seems like a sensible precaution to take.

    It always amazes me how folks will not think twice in spending inordinate sums of money on hi-fi systems and TVs, but balk at spending, say, 50 on a microwave... Talk about mangled priorities!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    "Fine" is of course open to debate... I personally wouldn't keep the same microwave oven after 10 years of use, especially when basic ones now [which is all I'd imagine you'd need] can be bought brand new for buttons.

    As matter of interest, how often do you clean yours? I can imagine after 25 years of use, without proper maintenance, some nice 'wee crusty bits' will have built up inside...

    Marco.
    I only use it to make popcorn, and that's quite rare nowadays since they moved where it was in the supermarket and now I can't find it.

    Why would I buy a new one when the old one still works fine? That's the sort of thing a woman would do. My kettle is 18 this year and the toaster is even older than that.

    Plus my microwave is a proper catering job, made of metal, not plastic and made in Japan, not China. You can keep your flimsy modern crap. No wonder they go dodgy after a few years.

    No surprise everyone is skint these days if they're replacing perfectly good appliances all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    Yes, dangerous microwaves could leak out of the machine, but how would they make the food unsafe to eat?
    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    By rendering the user unable to chew properly?
    Yes, I can accept that a leaky microwave oven could render the owner incapable of eating, but Marco's question said ".... Is it still safe, in terms of not exposing your food to harmful radiation?"
    The radiation is harmful is to humans, but that doesn't mean it renders the food harmful. How could it, since a microwave oven is designed to fire microwaves at the food?

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    Lol - I'd hardly call replacing a microwave after 10 years (or in your case 25 years) of use, "replacing good appliances all the time"! You'd have a point if it were every couple of years.

    It's not only women who like to take pride in their homes, and be 110% safe, when it comes to domestic appliances

    We just have very different priorities, in that respect, as I couldn't look at some manky old kettle, toaster or microwave sitting in my kitchen, far less use it. If I were that hard up, I'd sell my hi-fi system or TV to pay for it [btw, I'm not saying that situation applies to you]

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    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    Yes, I can accept that a leaky microwave oven could render the owner incapable of eating, but Marco's question said ".... Is it still safe, in terms of not exposing your food to harmful radiation?"
    The radiation is harmful is to humans, but that doesn't mean it renders the food harmful. How could it, since a microwave oven is designed to fire microwaves at the food?
    The answer is it can't. The microwave simply excites the water molecules in the food. Ths means the food cooks from within, thereby reducing the cooking time. Yes, some foods don't taste great when cooked in the microwave, but they are perfectly safe. However, leaking microwaves are extremely dangerous and to be avoided.

    I would go far as to say that leaking microwaves make my blood boil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RothwellAudio View Post
    The radiation is harmful is to humans, but that doesn't mean it renders the food harmful. How could it, since a microwave oven is designed to fire microwaves at the food?
    That still doesn't mean, though, that it's *guaranteed* to be 100% safe, after a microwave oven has been regularly used for many years. Have there been any tests carried out in that respect to prove it?

    Call me fickle, but I always like to be as safe as I possibly can, especially when it comes to food hygiene, and if that means replacing ANY domestic appliance after a certain amount of usage, so be it.

    My 'fussiness', in that respect, may be one of the reasons why I've hardly [almost never] experienced any significant accidents, major illnesses or damage to my health in the 52 years I've been born

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