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Old 06-21-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, so I apologize if it needs to be moved.

Steve and I got a beautiful dish set (including mugs and all of that good stuff) for our wedding.

I finally took some out of the package last night to use and they say "Not recommended for use in microwave ovens". Does anyone know if this is actually a health risk or will just shorten the life of the plates/mugs?? They do have a glaze of some sort. I tried to google information, but couldn't find anything that made sense.

I'm irritated that I didn't read the description better when I put them on my registry, we use the microwave all the time, and Steve uses it about 12 times a day for his tea water. If I can't use the plates in the microwave it's gonna be a total waste.
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Old 06-21-2008, 03:28 AM   #2
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Goof, I'm not sure if this is the only reason, but some ceramic & clay products that are turned into dinnerware have different elements that are metallic in them, things like iron, and aluminum. Most of the time there are just trace amounts in both the clay & the glazing.

They add stability to the bisque, and as a result, your dinnerware has a lower chance of breakage.

With that stability comes caution, as the metals can cause funny little lightning storms inside your microwave.

Also, some better dinnerware has gold or platinum banding around the plates, which, while decorative, can also do the same thing.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks, Phil. It does help. So it sounds like it might be harmful to the microwave itself??
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There's also the possibility that the plates might have a high level of residual moisture in them. Microwave ovens work by exciting water molecules, so the plate may come out very hot, or the expansion of the water inside might break the plate. Difficult to know without trying!
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Well, I did put one plate in the microwave last night before I saw the warning thing, and nothing bad happened. But it was just one plate for a minute and a half.....
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Goof, can you contact the manufacturer and ask them?
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Goof, I'm not sure if this is the only reason, but some ceramic & clay products that are turned into dinnerware have different elements that are metallic in them, things like iron, and aluminum. Most of the time there are just trace amounts in both the clay & the glazing.

They add stability to the bisque, and as a result, your dinnerware has a lower chance of breakage.

With that stability comes caution, as the metals can cause funny little lightning storms inside your microwave.

Also, some better dinnerware has gold or platinum banding around the plates, which, while decorative, can also do the same thing.

Hope this helps.
Yep. Once tried microwaving a coffee mug with gold-looking trim -- threw some nifty sparks for a few seconds, then I shut it down. (I'd suspected it would, but wasn't sure that the trim was actually metallic.) Those plastic packets of condiments will often do the same (mylar).
I understand that grapes are similarly entertaining.
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Oh, what a fabulous idea! I'm going to do that!!
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Grrr I hate non microwaveable dishes.

However, why doesn't Steve just use a kettle to boil the water for his cuppas??? Specially if he has several a day. I honestly thought electric kettles were a worldwide phenomenon, and was amazed to find out that lots of Americans don't have one! I hate heating water in the micro as it takes too long and it makes the mug too hot too.

I would be lost without a kettle. I use it for all hot water things, drinks, boiling water for pasta, rice, etc. Nowadays most have a concealed element in the base of the kettle and if you only boil the amount of water you need each time, it takes around one minute to boil a mugful of water. Most now are cordless, they sit on a base, and the base is 360 degree. So yes, buy a kettle and your cups will be fine!

Yay I found a list of kettles in Target for you - http://tinyurl.com/3p52tc

Kettles boil water twice as fast as a pot on the stove and three times faster than in the microwave, according to the blurb on the one there that looks like a Cona Coffee pot. I want that kettle now LOL.

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Yep. Once tried microwaving a coffee mug with gold-looking trim -- threw some nifty sparks for a few seconds, then I shut it down. (I'd suspected it would, but wasn't sure that the trim was actually metallic.) Those plastic packets of condiments will often do the same (mylar).
I understand that grapes are similarly entertaining.
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Grrr I hate non microwaveable dishes.

However, why doesn't Steve just use a kettle to boil the water for his cuppas??? Specially if he has several a day. I honestly thought electric kettles were a worldwide phenomenon, and was amazed to find out that lots of Americans don't have one! I hate heating water in the micro as it takes too long and it makes the mug too hot too.

I would be lost without a kettle. I use it for all hot water things, drinks, boiling water for pasta, rice, etc. Nowadays most have a concealed element in the base of the kettle and if you only boil the amount of water you need each time, it takes around one minute to boil a mugful of water. Most now are cordless, they sit on a base, and the base is 360 degree. So yes, buy a kettle and your cups will be fine!

Yay I found a list of kettles in Target for you - http://tinyurl.com/3p52tc

Kettles boil water twice as fast as a pot on the stove and three times faster than in the microwave, according to the blurb on the one there that looks like a Cona Coffee pot. I want that kettle now LOL.
Not to derail, but I have to echo this. Electric kettles are awesome! I drink so much green tea daily, and I love mine. I feel like it boils the water in a minute! It was only 15 bucks, too!
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