But before you do it, here are a few things to know:
1. Check your owner's manual
Most microwave guides will let you know whether you can safely use materials like aluminum foil, metal trays, and food packaging like popcorn bags. Always follow the advice specific to your oven.
2. Use approved materials and containers
The USDA has a list of safe and unsafe containers for microwaving, as well as guidelines for cooking safely. You can use materials like aluminum foil safely in small quantities as long as your owner's manual gives the blessing. Make sure the foil is new and smooth, not crumpled. Don't try to heat any dinnerware with metal trim unless it is specifically designed for microwave use (Lenox, for example, has lines of microwave-safe china including some with gold trim). Also, avoid zapping takeout food containers with metal handles or twist ties. One big thing to avoid is arcing, which is when an electric