My wife always covers her food with a wet paper towel when she microwaves it. Bread, pancakes, meals, she swears the wet paper towel makes a difference. I can see how it helps with any splatter issues, but I have my doubts about it affecting how the food is when reheated this way. So, does it really do anything scientific or is it just something people do that really makes no difference?
Answer by Anna E
Microwaving food can dry it out. Placing a damp paper towel over the food causes it to steam while heating, therefore preventing some of the moisture loss. I personally don’t bother when heating bread or pancakes because they are only in the microwave for less than a minute and don’t usually dry out if consumed right away.