35 BEST Tips Can You Put a Pizza Box in the Microwave (Facts)

Olivia M Williams Jan 01, 2023
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broken microwave because of improper usage by putting a pizza metal box inside

'Tis the season for overindulgence!

'Tis the season for overindulgence! As I rejoiced in taking a break from Christmas cooking, my pizza order arrived - smelling oh-so delicious.

delicious pizza

But then again, with guests around what is there to do?

Put it aside and entertain them of course!

After they left though, all was fair game so straight into the microwave went that happy cheese goodness only to have an unexpected explosion occur instead.

Light went out, also.

Soon leaving me writing up this post by candlelight... Merry Christmas indeed.

What is the microwave, no joke - read.

(1/35) The microwave is a kitchen appliance that can be used for reheating food and cooking certain dishes. It can heat food quickly, making it one of the most convenient pieces of equipment found in many modern kitchens.

It works by emitting microwaves which can penetrate certain materials and cause the water molecules inside them to vibrate, resulting in heat.

This can lead to food becoming cooked or reheated fairly quickly compared to a conventional oven.

woman waiting by microwave

(2/35) Microwave ovens can come with all sorts of features that allow you to customize your cooking experience, such as pre-programmed settings and timers, or different power levels that can be adjusted based on the type of dish being cooked.

They can also come in various sizes depending on what kind of space you have available – from countertop models to built-in units that can be installed into existing cabinets.

Additionally, some more advanced models can also include convection technology which allows them to brown or crisp up certain dishes more like an oven would do (oh, yeah!)...

(3/35) Safety wise, it is generally not recommended to put any kind of cardboard box (including pizza boxes) into a microwave as this can result in sparks or fires due to the high intensity of these waves inside the unit.

Therefore it’s best just to leave any kind of cardboard packaging outside the oven and only use appropriate cookware inside it – such as glass or ceramic plates and bowls – when using a microwave oven.

How does the microwave work?

(4/35) The microwave works by using high frequency electromagnetic waves to excite the molecules in food.

These microwaves can penetrate the food, quickly raising its temperature and cooking it from the inside out.

a man producing microwave

(5/35) The microwaves are created by a magnetron, which is a type of vacuum tube with an electromagnet inside.

The electromagnet creates the microwaves and can be tuned to different frequencies and power levels depending on what type of food is being cooked.

(6/35) Microwave radiation can also cause heating of certain materials that can — when exposed for too long — lead to potential hazards such as radiation burns or scorching food containers.

To prevent this, microwaves come equipped with safety features like:

  • cooling fans,

  • metal shields,

  • and filters

to protect users from any unwanted exposure.

pizza box being handed over by pizza seller to a hungry customer

(7/35) When operating correctly, microwaves can cook a variety of foods more efficiently than traditional methods such as ovens or stove tops since they can heat up food quicker than these other methods can.

Additionally, they can save energy by using less electricity compared to some other cooking appliances since they don’t need preheating time.

Can You Put A Pizza Box In The Microwave?

(8/35) The answer to can you put a pizza box in the microwave is a definite 'No'.

A metal pizza delivery box can cause sparks or fire if microwaved, damaging both your appliance and the food.

different pizza boxes

The same can happen with any other kind of metal container, such as cardboard lined with aluminum foil.

In addition, plastic containers can also be damaged or melt when exposed to the microwaves' heat.

Even if it doesn't catch fire, the cardboard can absorb moisture from the pizza, causing it to become soggy over time.

(9/35) If you want to reheat your pizza in the microwave without ruining either it or your appliance, there are few simple steps to follow:

Firstly, make sure that you remove any metal bits—like staples—from the box;

Secondly, separate the slices and place each one onto a plate before placing it into the microwave.

Finally, don’t leave it in there too long (30 seconds should be enough); otherwise you can end up drying out all of those cheesy goodness!

(10/35) Other than that, never use a pizza box as an oven food container either; they aren’t made of materials that can withstand temperatures higher than 160 degrees Celsius (320 Fahrenheit).

Also keep in mind that if you have an air fryer or convection oven at home, these can work great for reheating pizzas too!

Is it safe to put a pizza box in the microwave?

(11/35) No, it is not safe to put a pizza box in the microwave.

(12/35) Pizza boxes can contain metal staples and foil which can cause sparks or fire when exposed to the microwave's heat.

pizza eaten from the box

(13/35) Plastic containers can melt and cardboard can absorb moisture from the food, making it soggy even if it doesn't catch fire.

The materials used to make pizza boxes can't withstand temperatures higher than 160 degrees Celsius (320 Fahrenheit) either, so they can easily become damaged or warped while reheating in the microwave.

(14/35) In addition to potentially damaging your appliance and the food itself, putting a pizza box in the microwave could also be dangerous as exposure to microwaves can cause radiation burns or other hazardous health effects.

(15/35) To prevent these risks, microwaves come equipped with safety features such as cooling fans, metal shields, and filters that are designed to protect users from any unwanted exposure.

(16/35) To heat up your pizza safely in a microwave without risking damage to either the appliance or food, there are few simple steps you can take: firstly, remove any metal bits—such as staples—from the box; secondly, separate the slices and place each one onto a plate before placing it into the microwave.

pizza with melted cheese and delicious smell

(17/35) Finally, don’t leave it in too long (30 seconds should be enough); otherwise you can end up drying out all of those cheesy goodness! If you have an air fryer or convection oven at home instead of a microwave you can use these too - they can work great for reheating pizzas!

How to properly heat up a pizza in the microwave?

(18/35) When heating up a pizza in the microwave, there are few simple steps to take to ensure that it is done safely and without any potential risks.

(19/35) Firstly, remove any metal bits—such as staples—from the pizza box before putting it in the microwave, as these can cause sparks or fire when exposed to the microwaves' heat.

microwave

(20/35) Secondly, separate the slices and place each one onto a plate before placing it into the microwave. This can help keep them from sticking together and makes sure that heat is evenly distributed among them.

(21/35) Finally, don’t leave it in there too long (30 seconds should be enough); otherwise you can end up drying out all of those cheesy goodness!

(22/35) In addition to making sure these steps are followed, it can also be helpful to use a covered plate when reheating your pizza in the microwave.

This can help maintain moisture levels within the food which can help keep it nice and crispy when heated.

Furthermore, using a lower power setting can also be beneficial since pizzas can dry out quickly on higher settings.

Additionally, if you have an air fryer or convection oven at home instead of a microwave you can use these too - they can work great for reheating pizzas without risking any damage to either the appliance or food!

Alternatives to microwaving a pizza

(23/35) The alternatives to microwaving a pizza can be as easy as heating it up in a skillet or oven.

(24/35) Skillet-heated pizzas can retain the crispiness of the crust, but can take some time and attention to get it just right.

pizza 3 pieces going into the oven

(25/35) To make sure that your pizza is reheated evenly and quickly, it can be helpful to add a little bit of oil or butter to the skillet before adding the pizza slices.

This can help create an even temperature while cooking, and can help keep any cheese from sticking to the pan.

(26/35) When using an oven, you can preheat it at 350°F (175°C),

then lay out aluminum foil on a baking sheet before adding your slices.

This can help prevent burning and can also make for easy cleanup afterwards.

pizza alternatively being preheated in the oven

(27/35) You can also choose to use a convection oven if you have one available - these work great for reheating pizzas as they circulate heat evenly throughout the entire space while still keeping them crispy!

(28/35) Air fryers are another great option if you want to quickly reheat your pizza without dealing with greasy pans or messy cleanup.

All you have to do is preheat your air fryer at 375°F (190°C) for about 3 minutes, then place your slices inside for 5-8 minutes and voila - you’re done!

The air circulates through the unit so that all sides of the pizza are cooked evenly and there’s no need for flipping either.

(29/35) Finally, if you don't have access to an oven or air fryer, you can also try using a microwaveable plate instead;

these were designed specifically for reheating foods such as pizzas with minimal mess or fuss involved.

All you need to do is place your slice on the plate and heat it up in the microwave (for no more than 30 seconds) - this should give you perfectly crispy and heated slices in no time!

Additional tips and tricks for reheating food in the microwave

(30/35) When reheating food in the microwave, there are a few additional tips and tricks to keep in mind.

For starters, it can be helpful to partially cover the dish with a paper towel or lid to help trap some of the moisture and prevent it from drying out.

(31/35) It can also be beneficial to rotate the dish periodically while reheating; this can help ensure that heat is evenly distributed throughout the food.

(32/35) Additionally, certain foods can splatter when they’re heated - if you’re worried about making a mess try covering them with a damp paper towel instead.

(33/35) Another important tip is to always use microwavable dishes when reheating foods - these are designed specifically for use in microwaves so that strong materials such as metal can't end up reflecting and concentrating microwaves’ energy into smaller areas, leading to potential sparks or fire hazards.

in the microwave also use grill

(34/35) Additionally, it can also be beneficial to limit cooking times whenever possible; shorter cook times can help prevent over-cooking or burning food.

(35/35) Finally, keep an eye on your food as it heats up since microwaves can cook unevenly at times - if you notice any hot spots on your food try stirring or flipping items before resuming the heating process.

Pizza? Your are welcome!

You're welcome!

I have one of these little original Italian places just around the corner.

window seal full of pizza boxes

That is also why I do not necessarily believe in losing weight :)