You’ve been microwaving your food wrong, according to a viral video on TikTok.
OnlyJayus – an account that has over 15.5 million followers and 690.1 million likes – shared the microwave hack video, and it has since garnered more than 6.6 million views.
Isabella Avila, who runs the account, said food doesn’t heat up properly in the microwave if you position food in the centre of it.
Instead, they said you should place the food at the edge of the microwave plate so that it heats evenly.
“You know when you reheat food in the microwave and some parts of it are hot enough to burn your mouth and the other parts are frozen?” they said while demonstrating with a bowl.
“Well, that happens because you shouldn’t actually have your food in the middle of the plate here. It should be on the edge so that it can actually rotate around and cook evenly.”
They also said if you wanted to save some time and cook two things at once, you should add a mug in and put the other dish on top of that for some height distribution.
“If you’re going to reheat something like pasta or pizza or something, add a small cup of water in there to keep it moisturised, but to stop it from getting too chewy.”
As with many other life hack videos, this one caused a lot of reactions on TikTok.
“So basically I have been using my microwave incorrectly,” one follower stated. “Wish I had known that 10 years ago,” said another.
However, not everyone was convinced.
“False, microwaves vibrate moisture molecules at a rapid rate, which generates heat, doesn’t matter if it moves or not,” according to one follower.
After trying the technique on leftover macaroni and cheese, a Stuff reporter can confirm it creates an even temperature increase, leaving no cold pockets in your food.