Can You Microwave Nutella? – Is it Safe?

Can you microwave Nutella? This is a question many of us have pondered time and time again. Nutella is one of the few things in life that make us genuinely happy.

A delicious addition to our sandwiches and doubles up as a snack by itself. Nutella is filled with healthy oil, chocolate and plenty of nuts which make it an assorted dessert. It is important to be aware of whether a product is microwavable.

The answer is YES! Nutella is microwavable, a few spoonfuls of melted Nutella can make great additions to ice cream or even desserts. There are a few things, however, that are important to note when making melted Nutella.

Caution!

A new jar of unopened Nutella is covered using a layer of metallic foil. Heating any kind of metal in the microwave is a risky venture. If you microwave a jar of Nutella unopened the foil can potentially catch fire.

Many of the jars we have in our pantries are made of a type of plastic that has been built to withstand extreme heat through melting. What this means is that even if you have completely removed the metal foil, there is a high chance that you will melt the entire container causing a soggy mess.

So now you know that although you can microwave Nutella, you can’t use an unopened jar and definitely not inside the jar itself.

Microwaving Nutella: The Process

1. Select a container that is microwavable, it is also important to pick one that has a lid. The more the moisture preserved, the better the melted Nutella,

2. Scoop out as much Nutella as you need to be microwaved and place it in the container above. You can fill it to the top but create an allowance that will allow for expansion.

3. Place the Nutella mixture in the microwave and set the amount of time you need as per your personal preference. Start with a short amount of time and work your way up. Microwave times vary so no standard time is recommended.

4. IMPORTANT! Every few minutes, remove the Nutella and mix it up to ensure even heat distribution in the container.

5. Do not burn the Nutella! Most people believe the longer you heat it, the more liquid it becomes which isn’t true because the more it gets heated, the more water is lost and eventually, you get a caked up hard lump. Medium heat will do the trick.

6. Ensure you check how close you are to getting your desired viscosity levels and remove it in time.

I am done what next?

Depending on what you wanted it for, melted Nutella is basically a savory syrup which can be used while still warm on desserts.

Storage?

You can always store it in the same container it was heated in. there are higher chances that in the end, it will probably revert back to its initial viscosity level.

It is, however, not recommended to store it in the original container as the mixture will be inconsistent.

Enjoy!

Sources:

https://www.quora.com/Food-Chemistry-What-happens-when-you-microwave-Nutella
http://chewtheworld.com/how-to-melt-nutella/

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