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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 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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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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Which materials used for plates absorb microwaves?

I was thinking about getting plate that can be safely heated by microwave. What material should I look for? My point is to (partialy) turn microwave into induction heater. Plate like this is already ...
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What temperature is 'High' in a 950 watt microwave?

A recipe asks for a teensy cake to be cooked on High for 70 secs in a 950 watt microwave. What temperature would 'High' be? like in Celsius or Farenhite
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Cooking pasta in the microwave

I have a microwave "pot" that I use for steaming vegetables. The instructions say it can also be used for cooking pasta, which seems sacrilege to me. Does anybody know if the result would be a good al ...
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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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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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How do I cook frozen Goya Empanadas in the microwave?

How do I cook frozen Goya Pizza Empanadas in the microwave?
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Can I bake in a convection microwave?

I have microwave oven, but I can't bake cakes and cookies in it. So I need an electric oven, but people are suggesting I buy a convection microwave to do both baking and normal microwaving. Will that ...
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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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Water in the microwave to reheat pizza better

I've seen this claim various times on the Internet; for example at http://imgur.com/vlh4M Put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza to keep the crust from getting chewy ...
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Why microwaves do not kill harmful bacteria as well as boiling?

Medical Biochemistry point of view My biochemistry teacher said today that the problem with micros is that they do not kill all harmful bacteria. He proposed boiling food instead. I think there are ...
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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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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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Boil an egg in the microwave

Is it possible to boil an egg in the microwave? Ideally without having to pierce the shell first
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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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Modernist / molecular cuisine with a microwave?

The microwave is usually frowned upon by ambitious chefs. It provides a convenient way to quickly heat ready made meals or the leftovers from the day before, but it is usually not regarded as a ...
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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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Are there any risks using a non-microwavable plastic plate in the microwave?

We have some plates we bought from Target a few years ago that we frequently use in the microwave. These plates are listed as not being microwave safe. Does that mean that they could cause health ...
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Should I cover food while reheating it in a microwave?

For reasons of time, I like to cook more than one portion of a meal and then reheat a portion in the microwave whenever it's needed. Aiming for maximum energy efficiency, I wonder if it's a good idea ...
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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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is electricity smell from microwave after metal was put in it mean the microwave is ruined?

A spoon was placed in the microwave. No sparks were noticed but now when you use the microwave for more than a minute, there is a smell of electicity. The microwave still heats food.
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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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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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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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Preheating Onida convection microwave oven

I am using Onida's microwave oven. There is no option to preheat on that. Please give me some advice how should I bake things without preheating the oven. It's a 20 litre grill microwave oven.
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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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Should I default to higher or lower power when the recommended power is not an option in a microwave?

I often cook takeaway dishes at home. Some of these dishes ask for 4 minutes at 850 Watt (for example, ravioli with mascarpone sauce). My microwave oven supports 750 Watt and 950 Wattt, but not 850 ...
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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 it ok to use plastic containers to bake in an electric oven?

Can I use a microwave safe plastic container to bake in an electric oven?
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Mug-cake mix at home

I would like to make my own mix for "mug cake" -- that is to say, prepackaged instant cake mix you dump into a mug, add liquid, and microwave. Is there anything special about mug cake that makes it ...
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Can you put polystyrene in the microwave oven

I want to know for sure if you can use polystyrene trays (such as those that meat comes in) in the microwave oven? I have read some fairly official looking reports and articles that say there's not ...
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Can I pasteurize milk using a microwave?

In our country, we get fresh milk from the milkman and it is usually boiled in a pan over a fire to pasteurize it before we consume the milk. In my office, we do not have gas connection, so I can't ...
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Cook a frozen cobbler in a microwave instead of oven

Here's my problem. We don't have access to a oven (we are out of town for a week and out hotel room only has a microwave and a 2 range stove top). I purchased a frozen Blackberry Cobbler and we want ...
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What are speed ovens (combo microwave / oven) good or not good at?

We're considering a speed oven as a 2nd oven, probably 27". Our main range is an all gas 30" range. What are those microwave / traditional ovens combo good at? What are the best uses? Conversely, what ...
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Is my microwave still safe to use after accidentally heating metal in it?

My small kid used a metal bowl in a microwave oven and there was a spark. I immediately switched off the oven. There was a burnt mark on the left side of the oven. Though the microwave oven switches ...
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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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Saved-for-later then reheated potato mixture sparks and catches fire in microwave

I have a bird who gets medicine twice a day. I hide it in a mashed potato fruit mixture. I make enough that the potato mixture lasts several days and add the medicine as I need it. I take a small ...
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Should I drain water after I cook noodles in microwave?

I have just cooked noodles in microwave. In some websites it says to drain water before eating it. Some doesn't say about draining water. Should I drain the water as I have cooked it in microwave?
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Why are there no PETE reusable cups? [closed]

I'd like a reusable lightweight cup for the microwave, so I compare the melting temperature of plastics (#1 through #6 in our recycling codes) and would think Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the ...
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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 prepare meat for the whole week? [closed]

I'm working at a company where the employees can either eat at the restaurant or they can bring their own lunch boxes and warm them using the microwave, I prefer the second one because eating at the ...
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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 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 ...
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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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Why does flatbread have to be microwaved / cooked / toasted?

I was eating at a Subway restaurant the other day and they asked if I would like my flatbread toasted... I responded with a "No thanks." The Chef said, "Well technically the flatbread still HAS to be ...
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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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Microwave friendly utensils, what qualifies as

Any easy ways to identify microwave friendly utensils? I know some basic guidelines like, "no metallic items", but am confused about certain kind of glass dishes, bowls. Are all kind of ceramic ...
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To boil frozen food with chicken without microwave

Assume you have microwave food dishes with chicken and you have no microwave. What is the recommended time to boil the food? The temperature is less than microwave can reach. I think the time should ...