Microwave Splash Screens - Guards To Cover Food To Prevent Splatter and Spillage
Microwave cooking is quick, simple and effective but it can also be incredibly messy too. Certain foods, like beans which are always the worst in my house, will always splatter and splash everywhere as their skins burst making a big mess to clean up when you are done.
We used to use a paper towel over the top of bowls to solve the problem of microwave food splatter, but that wasn't the best solution when it came to reheating plates of already made food because it is nigh on impossible to stop the paper sticking to the food which is more than a little gross.
We found the solution to all messy microwave clean ups however when we discovered microwave spash guards and splatter covers.
What Is A Microwave Splash Guard
Call it what you will, a splatter screen, splash guard, food cover, and so on, the principle remains the same and the style varies little from one manufacturer to the next (although some are easier to store than others).
What you basically get is a dome shaped cover which fits over plates and bowls to prevent exploding foods and splattering oils from coating the inside of your microwave with gunky bits of food. They have air holes to allow steam and gases to escape and are typically made from a dishwasher safe material so you can dump them in there to clean off afterwards.
Yup, there's still some clean up to be done, but at least now you are cleaning up a microwave food cover screen and not scrubbing the inside of your microwave oven.
A good cheap option, this is the style we started out by using and they work great! We ended up with three of them because in a busy household it suck to have to wash them up to use them and just adds work. We'd rather dump them in the dishwasher if one of the kids has made a dried on mess with it and get another. As I said, this was the first kind we bought, but we upgraded to the style below because these things are actually pretty bulky and the ones below are way, way easier to store when not in use.
These are collapsible microwave food covers, which means, when they are not in use, they are much easier to find places to store them in. We slide ours down the side of the microwave, slip them out when needed, pop open and away you go. They're vented on top to let the steam out and dishwasher safe.
...and there you have it!
Well, there's not a lot else to say about these things but they're easily one of the cheapest kitchen items we ever bought and they get an absolute heap of use throughout the week, so probably both the cheapest AND the most useful. If you don't have a microwave food cover, get one. In fact get two or three microwave splatter shields like we did because it just makes things easier.
If you don't like the look of the ones featured on this page then there are loads more here for you to browse through.