7 Foods and Drinks You Should Never Microwave

These are spicy because they have something in them called capsaicin. Capsaicin turns into gas when heated, and these fumes can be very annoying if you breathe them in or get them in your eyes.

Raw Hot Peppers

Brekke advises that microwaved shel-on eggs might burst owing to steam buildup from boiling liquid. Shell-on eggs should only be cooked in boiling water or other proven ways for hard- or soft-boiled eggs.

Eggs in Their Shell

We love them frozen, in smoothies, in salads, as snacks, and in wine. Grapes in the microwave aren't our favorite. “Grapes can spark when heated in the microwave,” so we never put them there.


Brekke says air-fried, oven-fried, and deep-fried leftovers don't microwave well. “The breading will lose all crispness.” If you have additional Ranch Fried Chicken, Spicy Oven-Baked Fish with Sweet Potato Fries, Air-Fried Green Tomatoes,

Breaded or Fried Leftovers

This is confirmed by Brekke: the microwave can be used on a defrost setting to quickly thaw meat. But trying to cook a whole piece of frozen beef in the microwave "will not work well,"

Frozen Meat

There are a lot of alcoholic drinks that are meant to be drunk while they are warm. Some examples are Hot Toddies, Mulled Wine, Hot Buttered Rum, and Spiked Hot Chocolate. Brekke says, "Be careful as you make your spirited selection."

Alcoholic Beverages

This is true no matter what kind of tool it is. The USDA says that most leftovers should be thrown away after three to four days in the fridge. This guide from FoodSafety.gov will help you with fresh food.

Anything That's Expired