Does covering food with a wet paper towel when microwaving it make any difference?

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nickels asks:

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?

Best answer:

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.

2 thoughts on “Does covering food with a wet paper towel when microwaving it make any difference?

  1. Should help with splatter and keep moisture in and is better than having plastic touching the food. I use a dome shapped plastic microwave cover for this. One danger of paper towels is that some are made from recycled paper and have contaminants that will arc in microwave and potentially heat to combustion.

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