I want to know specifically what other families who use microwaves cover their food with so it doesn't splatter all over the microwave. Most people use paper towels, but we don't use those at all. Would a plastic plate on TOP of a glass dish be ok or would you worry about the plastic?
We NEVER heat plastic nor do I put hot food in or on plastic. If I had the $ I would buy and use only glass storage (and we are slowly increasing our store of glass storage dishes but I don't have enough just yet). Generally, I would NEVER put plastic in the microwave but wonder if used as a lid it would be safe.
Anyway, I know about the dangers of microwaves -- so please don't post telling me that I shouldn't use one. I have reviewed the research and concluded that limited use for my family is safe. We have such horrible allergies. We cook virtually everything from scratch and have almost no safe short cut foods. Sometimes I need a shortcut. I didn't have a microwave for years but then decided that it was a compromise that I needed to make for the sake of sanity.
So anyway, how do you keep food from splattering all over the place making a big mess? Can you put a cloth napkin in the microwave? Would you use a plastic plate? Or glass dishes have an enamel paint on them that makes them get really hot so I would actually have to buy a special plate to use as a lid (which is an option).
Thanks in advance for your help!