TipJack's top tips
Never ever, ever put anything metal in the microwave, or any crockery with metal trim. Metal reflects the microwaves and catches fire – with my firefighter hat on, it’s a common cause of kitchen fires, and kitchen fires quickly turn into house fires. If in doubt, leave it out.Jack's top tips
When cooking dishes with a high liquid content, such as pasta, rice or soups, cover with cling film and pierce to contain the liquid and allow the heat to escape – this prevents messy explosions! I stand anything like this in a bowl to catch any escaping liquid and keep the bottom of my microwave clean.Perfect poached eggs
For a perfect microwave-poached egg, crack it into a fat-bottomed mug, then pierce the yolk with a knife or fork – this is really important. The yolk cooks faster than the white, so leaving the membrane intact will cause your yolk to make a bid for freedom under the pressure. When pierced, cook it on Medium for 3 x 30-second bursts. If you’re cooking it with other food, you can use High, as the more things there are in a microwave, the less microwaves each one absorbs and the more gently everything cooks.