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Does microwaving eggs kill salmonella?

If eggs are thoroughly washed and of course beaten before microwaving, and after the process I can find no liquid, is there a possibility that salmonella is still there, or does it die from high ...
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Should I use my microwave's 'popcorn' button?

My microwave oven has a "POPCORN" button. Its manual reads: Touch this pad when popping popcorn in your microwave oven. The oven's sensor will tell the oven how long to cook depending on the ...
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How can food cooked 1-2 hours ago be effectively reheated in a microwave?

I cater and cook foods for clients. Recently I have a new client and I deliver the food all precooked and ready to eat. They may not eat for another hour or more after I deliver the food. Example of ...
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What is the white foam that builds up when I make tea?

I microwave water in order to make tea. After it is microwaved and I drop the tea bag(green tea) into the water, thick white foam builds up on the top. What is it and should I worry about drinking ...
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Can you make oven proof and microwave safe pie dishes using cardboard and who supplies them?

Does anyone know where I can source cardboard oven proof and microwave safe pie dishes and if these are even possible?
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Can I prepare instant noodles in the microwave?

I want to prepare instant noodles in microwave. The instructions on the pack clearly mention a gas stove to be used, but I don't have access to one. The instant noodles I am talking about are ...
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Will microwaving lemons make them easier or more efficient to juice?

I've heard many people say that microwaving lemons before juicing them causes them to release more juice. I'm skeptical, although not enough so to ask this on Skeptics. I cannot think of any physical ...
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Why did my eggless cup cake prepared with condensed milk get charred in a convection microwave?

We have prepared the eggless cupcake with condensed milk. We have used convection mode in microwave. Preheated to 200C and then baked the cake for 10 mins. It started off nicely, but at 10th min, we ...
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how long can i microwave microwaveable plastic containers for?

I've got a microwave container and no oven and looking to cook some stuff - is it possible to microwave a container that's marked as microwave safe for 40 minutes or so?
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Is there a way to cook hot dogs in a microwave without them bursting?

Whenever I cook hot dogs in the microwave they invariably split and/or burst open. I've tried shortening the cooking time, but haven't found a happy medium where they are thoroughly cooked, but remain ...
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Why is my pastry blistering in the microwave?

I am trying to make my own shortcrust pastry, but don't have a blender or food mixer. I also don't have a gas or electric oven and am using the convection bake function of a microwave. I mix 1 1/4 ...
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Why not microwave veggies?

Whenever I see a recipe which requires me to blanch vegetables for a few minutes, I microwave them instead. It's sometimes faster, I don't have to get a pot dirty, and I don't usually have to dry the ...
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Why does coffee taste awful after reheating it in a microwave oven?

I brew my coffee with a percolator using finely ground beans and it comes out great when it is still hot. However, I have to brew at least two cups in the machine. So if I make coffee in the morning, ...
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Can a convection microwave be used to dry fruit

My wife has been wanting a dehydrator and our conventional microwave just went up. I did some research and found a new breed of microwave that I was previously unaware of, namely, the convection ...
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Cooking frozen Pizza in the microwave

I am totally new to cooking, I just boil eggs :). I am staying alone for sometime, and I want to cook some stuff at home instead of eating outside every day. I thought that Pizza might be a good ...
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how to cook orange lentils in the microwave?

How to cook orange lentils in the microwave? I once tried and it ended up as a watery mash. What time, power, amount of water (any other things to take into account), should I use to avoid them being ...
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Baking cakes in the Microwave ovens as compared to Electric ovens

Is there a difference in the output or in the procedure when baking cakes in the Microwave ovens as compared to Electric ovens? What are the basic and crucial differences found among cakes baked in ...
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How do I adjust cooking time for an under-powered microwave?

Example: I have an 800-Watt microwave. Cooking instructions for a certain product say to cook on HIGH for 4 minutes in a 1,100-Watt microwave. How do I properly adjust the cooking time so that my ...
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Unbreakable microwave safe plates?

I'd like to have plates with the following characteristics: Don't break when you drop them on the floor Do not get hot in the microwave (like normal china) Durable and washable (not paper plates) ...
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Sugar forming tiny bubbles in microwaved coffee?

When I heat up coffee in the microwave and then pour in sugar, a layer of tiny dense bubbles forms at the top of the glass and stays there for the duration of the drinking, diminishing slightly over ...
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Why do marshmallows poof up so huge when put in the microwave?

As anyone who's put marshmallows in the microwave knows, they expand a ton! Sometimes they puff up to literally more than twice their original size (YouTube video for those who haven't seen it). So, ...
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Why do frozen greens get fibrous and tough in the microwave?

When I microwave frozen spinach or amaranth greens to cook them, they sometimes get tough and fibrous. There doesn't seem to be a consistent pattern in when this happens, so I can't figure out how to ...
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Is food immediately taken out of the microwave safe to eat?

Do we have to wait a few seconds to let the microwaves go away, or can we eat it immediately? Of course, I assume that the food is not too hot to be eaten.
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Can I roast peanuts in convection microwave?

I found a small bag of raw un-roasted peanuts, around 200 grams, in my cupboard. Any idea how can I roast these peanuts in my convection microwave oven? Would appreciate if some one can add ...
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What is the fastest way to cook a Meat Salad?

Meat salad is made with large sized sausages, chopped into thin pieces like carrots or cucumber; then steamed and fried a bit, then served together with regular salad stuffs. Looking to specific ...
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Can I cook hamburgers in the microwave oven?

What would be the main differences between frying hamburgers and cooking them in the microwave oven? I'm stuck in a hostel with only a microwave oven and a water cooker.
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Why does a microwave rotate the food being cooked? And is there ever a time when it shouldn't rotate?

Most microwaves I've used have a plate at the bottom that rotates when the microwave is running. I presume that rotating helps more evenly heat the food. Interestingly, my microwave rotates by ...
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microwaving scrambled eggs

Has anyone come up with a way to cook beaten eggs via microwave? My attempts to do so have resulted in a off-coloured mess with the consistency of rubber.
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How come heating milk in the microwave is safe?

I was reading this question and began to ask myself... Since milk contains calcium, and calcium is a metal (just like potassium), how come putting a cup of milk in the microwave is safe and there are ...
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Tips for reheating food in the microwave

I often want to buy more than a meals-worth of fast-food (or other food you buy hot) to save multiple trips, but the reduction in taste that comes from reheating it makes me not want to. What can I ...
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how to cook pelmeni in microwave

Is it possible to cook pelmeni aka meat dumplings (Russian food) in microwave? What are steps? Without any precooking in pot or at pan.
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Toast bread slices in a convection microwave?

Does a convection microwave make decent toast, as a toaster oven would or a bone fide oven set to broil? I have read far and wide on the internet and in operating manuals for Sharp, Bosch, etc. ...
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Why do microwave ovens make bread rubbery?

Why does heating bread (cinnamon buns) in a microwave give it a rubbery texture, when a regular oven doesn't? What are the chemical or structural changes?
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Resources for reheatable meals, specifically fish?

I start work today at a new restaurant. One of my responsibilities will be to come up with daily fish dishes for the takeout counter servicing the lower echelons of office staff in our building. Easy, ...
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How can I reheat a roux-based (alfredo) sauce in the microwave without separation?

I made an alfredo sauce last night using a roux made with ghee instead of regular butter, since that's what I had on hand. The ingredients were: ghee, flour, heavy cream, garlic, pecorino romano, and ...
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How do I cook a frozen hamburger in the microwave?

I bought some hamburgers (I mean the meat, not the full sandwich) in vacuum packing and I froze them in the freezer. Can now I cook them in the microwave? If so, how and how long?
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Making black bread in a microwave oven

I have received a few packs of dough mixture for German black bread from a friend (Vollkornbrot, black rye bread). All I have available to make it is a bread maker and a microwave oven (probably known ...
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Why is some metal safe to use in a microwave, but others not?

This might be a more scientific question, but it relates to cooking and I thought it was interesting. I just made my lunch which was a microwavable bowl of chunky soup. The directions said: ...
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Why did my banana catch fire in the microwave?

Wow, that sounds like a silly question, but really! My wife froze bananas in the freezer with the peel still on. You can't peel them frozen. I put it in the microwave for one minute at 50% power. ...
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How does the power setting on a microwave work?

In general, how does the microwave power setting work? Is it a straight percentage of the maximum wattage or is it something less precise? For example, would the time to cook something in a 700 watt ...
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salmon + microwave = BLAM, any suggestions?

Salmon fillets tend to go 'pop' and spatter bits of themselves around the container in the microwave. Anyone got a procedure that discourages this?
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What are the pros and cons of Convection Microwave Ovens?

Are convection microwave ovens a useful item to have? Or are they not good as a microwave and not good as a convection oven either? I understand that a regular convection oven helps to cook things ...
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For what foods is a microwave a preferred method of cooking? [closed]

Or, "What is a microwave actually GOOD at cooking?" Edit: This is not about saving labour. It's about a microwave being a unique and interesting cooking method, that has to be good for something. ...
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Why does my omelet with Velveeta froth up in the microwave?

I like to make a quick cheese omelet in the microwave, in a bowl (no pans to clean up). I had the technique working well, but one day switched from shredded cheese to some Velveeta. The amount of ...
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Ideas for cooking with just 2 hobs and a microwave?

My finacee has just moved in to some university accommodation in France. She has a small kitchenette in her room, with two hobs and a microwave (plus a fridge). Can anyone recommend any ...
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Why does my Velveeta queso dip get clumpier the longer it stays in the microwave?

I had a bizarre experience with Velveeta this past weekend and was hoping you all could help me out. I bought a block of Velveeta and some Rotel canned tomatoes to make a queso dip. I microwaved the ...
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Is there a technique to making Caramel in a Microwave oven?

I've made it on the stove top: sugar, corn syrup ect..but wanted to try it in the microwave - any tips on cooking times, techniques?
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Microwave Crust

I've done a lot of microwave baking (and have created some delicious treats!), however I've never found a way to get a crust with the microwave. Now I understand the science behind a microwave and ...
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Why did my coppa get spicier after being microwaved?

I wanted to put some spicy, crispy, crumbled coppa over a pasta dish. I put it in the microwave and it crisped up very well. It was however much spicier after cooking than before. Why did it get ...
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Browning reheated food with only a microwave

I recently was given a Corningware Microwave Browner as a gift, which looks very cool and promising, but I have not tried it yet. It seems to me a special apparatus such as this would be necessary ...