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Microwave Rack

I just moved into a new apartment full of lovely new appliances. I opened the microwave and was perplexed to find a small metal rack similar to an oven rack across the middle. I'd always been under the impression that metal was never to go into the microwave because Something Horrible would happen. What is this rack doing there, and what can I use it for?

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  1. Are you sure that you don't have a microwave/convection oven? I have one, and when you use it as a convection oven you use the metal rack.

    1. My microwave/convection oven has a metal rack which the instructions say to use when oven is operating in the mixed convection and microwave cooking mode. So obviously it must be okay to use. I think metal causes a problem when it comes in contact with the oven walls and shorts the output and if it totally encloses the food will prevent the microwaves from reaching inside the package.

      1. My new microwave oven (non convection) also had a metal rack. I took it out (since I don't use it) and was too lazy to read the instructions.

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        1. re: OCAnn

          That is too funny, mine also came with one and I did exactly the same thing....took it out and put in the basement. I had started to read the instructions but seemed way too complicated at the time. I must dig book out and investigate. I have a whirlpool, non convection

        2. I could swear that some 20 years ago our first microwave in the house, a GE, came with a removable metal rack to use in the middle, and it wasn't convection. Very weird to think about, though, isn't it? It's really sketchy but I think I remember using it with no ill effects. Obviously it wouldn't have been made that way if it were a problem.

          Heck, for that matter, remember those Amanas with the all stainless inside? How does that work? I dunno. Something weird there.

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          1. re: CrazyOne

            I had one of those GEs, too. It was a Spacemaker II, and although it was really low-powered, compared to newer ones, it ran and ran. It just blew its dear little megatron, and I decided not to get a new one and have it put in. Therefore, my search for a rack for the Panasonic I'd like to buy. Nobody seems to know where to find one!

          2. I believe as long as the metal is grounded it's ok. I would think that a shelf that comes with a microwave will be grounded

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            1. re: Eric in NJ

              Hi, Eric:

              As long as it is grounded? I don't know about that... I have one of these combi ovens with a wire rack, too. My rack stands on four short legs, each of which has a silly little white rubber foot on the bottom. My working assumption has always been that these feet *prevented* the rack from grounding to the metal turntable tray.

              Maybe someone smarter than I am can clarify this for us.

              Aloha,
              Kaleo