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Should I warm wine in the microwave?

Although warming wine in the microwave might seem like a "horrible" thing to do it clearly has some practical benefits. So will the microwave change the aroma of the wine compared to the conventional ...
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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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Is there something wrong with the corn kernels that don't pop?

Usually, at the end of a bag of popcorn, or when you pop your own on the stove, there is a certain number of kernels left unpopped. Why is that? Is there something that changes in the kernels that ...
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Why can heating things in a microwave make them soggy?

Why does heating something (like pizza) in an oven make it crisp but heating it in the microwave makes it all soggy?
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Ready to eat food not suitable for microwave

I bought a pre-made cornish pasty fromt the supermarket. The packaging says it can be eaten hot or cold, which presumably means it is already cooked. But the packaging also says it "is not suitable ...
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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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Cooking chicken in microwave?

I hear that chicken breasts can be cooked in microwave and that it's the best way to get it juicy and tender. I have also seen some articles about it on the internet. I wonder if this is just a myth ...
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Cooking Sweet Potatos in the Microwave

What are the recommended times for cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave? Microwave wattage associated with those times would be appreciated as well.
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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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What's a good technique for cooking fresh corn in the microwave?

What techniques for cooking fresh corn in the microwave give good results? Should I peel it, should I add water, salt, butter, etc.
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How to clean a microwave?

I usually clean my microwave with a surface kitchen spray and was wondering what other tips and tricks do people use to clean their microwaves. Is there anything that should be avoided to not ...
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How do I get the smell of burnt food off of the inside of my microwave oven?

Someone reheated a stick of barbecued pork on too high a setting and/or for far too long. Now the inside of my microwave oven smells like burnt something. It gets worse when I actually try to cook ...
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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 do my meat burritos not heat well?

I've been making freezer burritos and eating them for lunches this week. The first batch I made microwave beautifully: just 45 seconds and they're hot all the way through. They were layered with rice, ...
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Stainless steel vs ceramic Enamel microwave ovens

I want to buy a convection microwave oven. I plan to buy either from LG or from samsung .Almost all LG products have stainless steel cavity and Samsung comes with ceramic enamel cavity. What is the ...
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Baking a cake in a microwave [duplicate]

I generally bake cakes in a microwave (because I don't have an oven) and all of them have a spongy texture. Is there any non-oven method where my cake has a little bakery style cake like structure?
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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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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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Why would heating left-overs in a ring heat them more evenly?

I just saw this tip on Reddit to heat leftovers in a ring. Why would this only work with left overs? How does this ring cause the heating to be more even?
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Can you warm biga in a microwave?

This might seem like barbaric question, but is it possible to bring refrigerated biga up to "frisky" temperature in a microwave, without damaging it? I'm too impatient to just let the warm room take ...
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Microwave more than one container at a time

If package says to microwave 7 minutes for one container, how long for three? I want to cook all three packages at one time but it doesn't give me multiple microwaving times. Microwave shouldn't be ...
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What is the difference between Microwave, Microwave Oven, and Oven?

Some sites say that a "microwave" is only for heating or re-heating cooked food. Whereas, in "microwave ovens", you can microwave and bake. Is that true? If it is, then why I can cook main course ...
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Is cooking a raw steak in the microwave safe?

I only have a microwave in my room and I'm moving away in a month, so I don't want to buy an oven or any kitchen appliances, but I still want a steak, is it safe to cook it in the microwave?
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How to properly prepare a weeks worth of pasta and microwave it at work

I've been making a pound of pasta on Sunday and eating for lunch at work throughout the week, where we just have a microwave. The first time I did this, I cooked a jar of pasta sauce and combined ...
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Can I scald milk in the microwave?

I've scalded milk on the stove before, but it takes a bit of time and is a little touchy. Is it possible to scald milk in the microwave instead (and, if so... how)?
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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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How Is Microwave Popcorn Flavoured?

I want to make brown paper bags of popcorn kernels and flavouring to give as gifts, but i can't seen to get the popcorn flavouring to stick to the unpopped kernels. How do companies that sell ...
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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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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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Is it safe to use a new microwave if I dropped it on the back corner?

I dropped my brand new microwave transferring right out of the box and before use. It landed on the back right corner. The frame is bent, but it doesn't look like anything else is wrong. I don't know ...
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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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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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What kind of cookware can melt in a microwave? Is it safe to eat food cooked in a melted cookware?

We were trying to prepare a chocolate cake using a Panasonic Microwave. We set the oven to auto mode for cake preparation. There was a time for preheating (180°C) and then asked us to place the cake ...
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why does my microwave beep half way through a defrost?

When I defrost meat in my microwave, it will beep about half way through the cycle. I'm assuming this is to indicate to me that I need to do something, I'm just not sure what. Am I supposed to check ...
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Why does asparagus microwave so fast?

I've also been surprised by how fast asparagus heats up in the microwave. Is there a particular reason for this? My understanding is that microwaves heat by transferring energy into the "polar" ...
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Can I cook gnocchi with sauce in the microwave?

Today for lunch at the office I have a package of gnocchi and a jar of tomato sauce. We have a microwave and a water cooler/heater. Is it possible for me to actually cook this up?
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Is it possible to cook semolina or rice with milk in the microwave?

Is it possible to boil semolina or rice in milk in the microwave? The problem is that milk will boil over, but I wonder if there are some adapted pots for this purpose or if there is some other ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible for a potato to catch fire after 10 minutes in the microwave?

Yesterday on reddit a user posted this picture of a potato: He said that he followed an online recipe. He put it in the microwave for 5 minutes, turned the potato, and put it back in for 5 more ...
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Technology improvements of microwave ovens for thawing and reheating

We own an 800W microwave oven that was bought in 1999. It still works fine but I am thinking about replacing it, specifically since I hope to benefit from technology improvements that may have ...
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Raw milk curdling in microwave

Why is it that every time I try to heat raw milk in a microwave it curdles and becomes like ricotta after a few seconds?
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How to make a brewed tea at work?

The way I make tea at home is per the following: 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk (or sometimes 3/8 cup) 2 teaspoons of tea 3-4 spoons of sugar Few inches of ginger Mint (occasionally) I put all of them ...
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Microwave Butternut Squash

The other day, I was going to roast a butternut squash in the oven to then cube and use in a stew. I noticed on the squash, there was a sticker suggesting to cook it in the microwave, with the ...
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What's the fluid that comes out from cheese after heating it up?

I just put some cheese sandwiches into my microwave oven, and I can see a small layer of fluid on the surface of the cheese (trappista). What's this and why I can't see it before heating cheese up? I ...
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How do you make popcorn with “indian corn”

I bought a couple ears of this corn at the farmers market and the woman at the stand said to throw it in the microwave. Does anybody know how long it should be in the microwave for?
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How can I avoid cakes to turn into jelly?

I am making cakes, and mostly chocolate cakes. But under certain conditions, instead of taking a nice bread texture (soft and with air bubbles), it turns into a kind of jelly (compact, a little bit ...
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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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How to reduce microwave power to prevent burned popcorn?

I got a Nordic Ware "microwave popcorn bowl" for Christmas, that my dad and sister had been raving about. I usually make stovetop popcorn in my Whirley Pop popper, which does a great job, but wanted ...
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How to bake a cake in a microwave oven

I wanted to bake a cake and I have a microwave oven. Can someone please let me know if I can bake a cake in it and how?
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How to bake chips in microwave using grill?

Is it possible to prepare tortilla chips using the grill in a microwave? Can I bake anything for example, Indian version of samosa in a microwave using a grill rack? Here is a picture of a microwave ...