Ever popped something in the microwave only to find it’s turned into a rubbery mess or exploded all over the interior? In our search for quick and convenient meals, the microwave can sometimes feel like our best friend, but not all foods appreciate this kind of heat. Before you hit ‘start’ on your next microwave adventure, check out this list of foods that are better off reheated by any method other than the microwave, unless you’re aiming for a kitchen disaster.

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Eggs

Eggs. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Reheating whole eggs could turn your microwave into a scene from an action movie—think unexpected explosions. Even scrambled eggs can become rubbery and lose their charm. Whether it’s hardboiled or scrambled, it’s best to avoid reheating eggs this way.

French Fries

French Fries. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Expecting crispy fries out of the microwave? Think again. You’re more likely to end up with a soggy, limp snack that’s lost its soul somewhere between the plate and your mouth.

Nachos

Nachos. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

What’s worse than soggy nachos? Not much. Microwaving them tends to steam the chips, turning a once-crunchy delight into a sad, soft mess. Plus, the cheese just isn’t the same.

Shrimp

Shrimp. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Reheating shrimp can easily turn these succulent sea treasures into rubbery disappointments. Plus, uneven heating could leave you with a not-so-pleasant texture.

Pizza

Pizza. Photo credit: Canva Pro.

The dream of gooey, delicious leftover pizza dies in a microwave. Instead of crisp crust, you get a chewy, tough base with unevenly melted cheese.

Pasta

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Microwaving pasta can cause it to dry out and become unevenly heated. The texture is a fail no matter how you look at it – tough, dry pieces in one spot while other pieces become overly soft and mushy.

Fried Food

Fried Food. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Crispy and crunchy turns into soggy and sad in the microwave. The lack of direct heat means fried foods lose their signature texture.

Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Heating these can lead to an unexpected release of capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers hot, filling your kitchen with eye-watering vapors.

Coffee

Coffee. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Reheating coffee changes its flavor profile, often making it bitter and less enjoyable. It’s a quick way to ruin a good cup.

Previously Reheated Foods

Previously Reheated Foods. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Reheating leftovers more than once increases bacteria growth and food poisoning risk, along with potential off-flavors. Reheat only what you’ll eat to minimize these risks.

Don’t Fear The Fuzz: Moldy Foods You Can Actually Eat

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Ever stumbled upon a furry surprise on your bread or cheese and immediately thought it belonged in the bin? Well, hold up before you toss it. Not every mold encounter means your food is a goner. We’ll sift through the myths and truths about moldy foods, pointing out which ones are safe to consume and which ones you should definitely throw away.

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We Stuffed Our Faces to Rank The 10 Best Fast Food Sandwich Chains

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Who doesn’t love a good fast food sandwich? From crispy chicken to loaded subs, the options are endless. But with so many places to choose from, where do you even start? We’ve munched our way through the menu madness to bring you the ultimate ranking of the top 10 best fast food sandwich chains.

Read it Here: We Stuffed Our Faces to Rank The 10 Best Fast Food Sandwich Chains

13 Must-Have Foods to Outlast The Zombie Apocalypse

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If zombies ever decide to crash our party, you’re going to need more than just a good hiding spot. We’re talking about stocking up on the right kind of grub to keep you energized, healthy, and ready to outrun the closest zombie. Here’s the lowdown on the 13 foods you absolutely need to have stashed away when the apocalypse hits.

Read it Here: 13 Must-Have Foods to Outlast The Zombie Apocalypse

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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