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Subject: Covers for microwaving food?
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:15 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I'm looking for a practical reusable way to cover the food I'm zapping for dinner.  We're currently using paperplates and they work well (and we do reuse them a few times), but I'd rather have something reusable.  Paperplates are about the perfect size--smaller wouldn't cover the plate and larger would have problems fitting.

I used to have some mesh w/weights on the sides, but those aren't washable any way but by hand, and it's just not going to happen. It was fine living alone w/no dishwasher. Living not alone and having a dishwasher--they got icky and stayed icky!  I thought about just using mesh, but w/o the weights it wouldn't stay down on the sides.

Any ideas?   Machine washable would be fine--I can toss them in with the laundry.   Dishwasher would be fine also.   They just need to be washable by something other than hand! 

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 9:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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How about a plastic splatter cover?  It's reusable and washable - dishwasher or by hand. Here's an example.

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=4790&f=32883

I have one at home and one at work.  I also use a silicone lid with a litle handle made especially for heating things that are in smaller bowls.  It works better than plastic wrap: you just have to remove it right away when your food finishes because the heat in the bowl sucks the lid into the bowl.  Just lift it and reposition.  The silicone can be thrown in the dishwasher.  This is what I have, I found it at a discount store for a couple bucks.  http://www.hsn.com/cnt/search/searchresults/default.aspx?Ntt=silicone+microwave+lid&N=0&Ntk=Std&st=1&criteria=&days=&minprice=&maxprice=&srchCatNm=&o=esearch

I think reusing anything is better than disposable.  I use cloth napkins for meals (not cleanup) and buy a few them whenever I find them on sale (have to be less than $1 each).  DH & I have over 30 and I just wait til they're all dirty except one or two and wash a small load separately as to not contaminate with other laundry.  You could use cloth napkins in the microwave as covers, but they would get damp and of course couldn't be reused without washing, especially for foods that spatter a lot.