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Are microwave safe egg poachers doing damage to microwave?

I had an Amana Radarange for 25 years that I absolutely adored. Never gave me a problem. Then about a year ago I disvovered the plastic egg shaped poacher with metal insert and began poaching eggs in my Radarange. In June, while poaching, the microwave fan stopped. I could hear the machine buzzing and the timer was still counting down, but had to shut it off when it began to smell hot. A local appliance store said it was probably too old to repair.

Bought a new Panasonic microwave with inverter technology and all the latest gadgetry (which I didn't care for). Used the poacher in it several times. While popping microwave corn, this unit stopped functioning. We returned it for a refund after only 2 months of use. (Purchased at Sam's)

Then I bought an Oster brand at Best Buy. Much smaller but it had features I liked. I used the poacher in it too. The problem with it was the timer control never worked properly. Sometimes it was impossible to get the machine to turn on. It stopped functioning altogether after 2 weeks and we returned it for a refund.

Now I have a Magic Chef purchased at Home Depot. Looks great, works fine, but I am afraid to use the egg poacher because I suspect that at least with the first 2 microwaves there might have been some type of damage done because of the metal.

Are the poachers safe? OR was it just a coincidence that the microwave ovens broke?

Is there danger in using the egg shaped poacher with metal insert?

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  • blackwalnut3 Nov 10, 2008

    I don't think the answer to my original question was helpful or accurate. It is not true that metal cannot be used in a microwave. Small strips of aluminum foil can be used to prevent overcooking of thin parts of meat or poultry. Every microwave I've ever had or looked at lists that option.

    Also the poacher I used is made for the microwave. No metal is exposed. Water sits in bottom half of the egg shaped device with an aluminum tray designed for 4 eggs (which do not have to be punctured) above the water line. A metal lined plastic dome fits over top and has a steam hole at top. At no time was there any sparking or arcing in my microwave. No eggs exploded, nor did the plastic device break.

    I'd just like to know from an experienced technician whether long term use of these egg shaped poachers is damaging to the microwave. They are made by Nordic.

  • blackwalnut3 Nov 11, 2008

    I still do not have an answer to my original question--which is a mechanical one. Will someone besides electech1 please try to answer.


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You are not supposed to have any metal in the microwaves for cooking something , as why the other two quit , that is probably why they quit so soon
there is some more exspensive microwaves that can work even when metal is used inside( but these are special types of microwves)

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  • jason Nov 10, 2008

    yes! there is because the frequency of radio waves is then bounced all over and all in the microwave!

    not to mention how dangerous it is to even cook food in a microwave

    no company or any one else that profits from microwaves and the stuff they make for it are going to tell you its not good. just read this artical on the microwaves and the dangers of cooking in them

    sorry but I know what I am talking about , I fix these and I worry about that all the time ( the dangers of the microwave )


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