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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Save $30

Kenmore Glass Turntable Plate / Tray 9 3/4 Inches G005 - Click Image to Close
microwave plate/tray

Have you ever broken the glass plate/tray on the microwave turntable?  I didn't, but something boiled over and the food cooked on the glass.  I took it out to wash it in the dishwasher. When I needed to heat chocolate milk, it was not clean because I put it in the sink and not into the dishwasher!

With this frigid weather, I was going to have hot chocolate. Instead of the glass plate, I used a regular plate, an old white Corelle (glass plate) from years ago.

Out of curiosity, I googled  Kenmore replacements, I found that replacements cost from $25 to $38, way above my budget if I did break the plate! To replace my 10-inch plate costs too much for me. I bought a $39 microwave twice so buying another cheap one would seem better than buying an expensive plate. My current microwave has lasted much longer and cost $120 about 20 years ago.

Instead of buying a cheap microwave or buying a $30 plate, just use an old plate or any old plate from the thrift store. Did you know that there are glass plates that are from non-working microwaves. Often there are stacks in the thrift store.

Your turn
Have you been faced with needing another glass plate for the floor of your microwave? How did you solve the problem of a missing plate? What did you use? Did you buy a new microwave? Did you order a new plate? Did you find a glass microwave plate in the thrift store?

9 comments:

  1. I haven't faced the problem, and probably won't. When our last microwave died (and this is only our second) I made sure that I kept the glass plate because I had seen how expensive they were/are to replace.
    And, because I have a spare, I suspect whatever goes wrong with the microwave, it won't be the plate...

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    1. EC,
      I suspect you are correct--it will not be the plate. I had two dirt cheap microwaves and then this one. I am beginning to suspect that this one may last much longer.

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  2. my microwave and plate are going strong after 14 years. i did have a slow cooker that died so i kept the ceramic insert and lid and i'm so glad i did, it wasnt long before i broke the insert in the new cooker

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    1. kylie,
      I see those inserts in thrift stores, also. That certainly was smart to save the insert. I buy the lids from crock pots/slow cookers and use them for my cast iron skillets. Thanks for mentioning the slow cooker inserts.

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  3. Yes, have broken the microwave plate - dropped it on the floor when removing to wash. Bought another at a thrift store for $1. Now have several, keep one as a replacement and the others I use as outdoor plant saucers. All cost $1 or less. I don't think many people replace the plate, they replace the microwave.

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    1. Bellen,
      I think you are correct about people just purchasing a new microwave when they break the plate. You have a great use for them until you need the extra plates. Thanks for that idea.

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  4. I haven't needed to replace the plate in the microwave, but I did need a replacement for my vintage sunbeam mixer (1957 and it still works for our needs). I found the exact replacement bowl that I was looking for, brand name and size, in a thrift store amongst a stack of random mixing bowls. Score!

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    1. Sue,
      WOW! that was a lucky find. Imagine that--a 70-yr-old bowl, exactly what you needed. Thanks for that story!

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    2. I suppose it is a 60-year-old bowl...lol...not 70.

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