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why the magnetron of Microwave is over heating?

I bought GE Spacemaker XL 1800 microwave almost 12 years ago. It was working fine until last week since then it has stopped heating. I searched at the Internet and thought it was the magnetron. 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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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." They said, "Well technically the flatbread still HAS to be ...
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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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How can I cook 1/2 a cup of rice?

Almost every time I make rice, I make it for just me and my partner. We've found that the right amount for us is 1/2 a cup (125mL, a regular cup not a rice cooker cup) of uncooked basmati rice. I make ...
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Microwave and metal

My 3 year old grandson placed a metal can opener and a glass salt shaker in the microwave and turned it on. There was an explosion and white smoke. Is the microwave still safe to use?
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Rule of thumb for cooking multiple things in a microwave at the same time?

Is it possible to cook multiple things at the same time in a microwave and how do I adjust the cooking time? What if the two items are identical, do I double the time or multiply it by some other ...
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Is it ok to microwave veggies without water instead of blanching them in a pot of water?

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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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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Replacing toaster oven with convection oven or convection microwave?

I am getting new counter tops and want to move the toaster oven off the counter. Would an oven with a convection function be an equivalent replacement for the toaster convection oven? Alternately, ...
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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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What is the best chemical cleaning agent clean tough stains out of a microwave other than vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice?

I have seen this question posted on here before but the answers are always always water, vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice. I have tried all these methods and including boiling and steaming each ...
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Why does food cooked in the microwave heat inside-out?

The other day I was heating a left over casserole that was placed in the freezer for 24 hours before I decided to reheat it. I heated it in the microwave for 4 min. What I noticed was the outside ...
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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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Veg Burger Advice, Am i missing something?

I used to eat burger at home rather than buying from MCDonalds. But i feels the taste can be improved. I am mentioning my method now. Please help me improve it as the Burgers are not crunchy. I ...
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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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Baking powder/leavener in the microwave

When cooking muffins/cup cakes in the microwave, how can I know that the baking powder/leavener is cooked thoroughly? Most recipes are kind of short. Could cooking dough in the microwave result in ...
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Can I use microwave turntable glass plate in convection mode?

I bought a Singer SMW25GCQ6 model microwave oven. It has convection and grill features. For baking cakes and for grilling we don't use the glass turntable plate since we thought it could cause the ...
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How can I reheat leftovers without a microwave?

We are swearing off our microwave for our own personal reasons. Aside from running the oven to warm up leftovers are there other appliances or cookware that use less energy to warm food up? We use a ...
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How well do those microwave + crisp plates work?

When it comes down to cooking things where being crispy is essential (think pizza, french fries), how well does the combination microwave + crisp plate work? Does it matter if the microwave has lots ...
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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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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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Microwaving chicken before frying

How long do I microwave chicken before breading it then frying it? I seen this being done on a cooking show, but missed how long the microwave part was. Thank you
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Microwave Surface Temperatures too hot

I have a stainless cavity Microwave. Most all microwaves I have ever used are cool to the touch after use. This was gets extremely hot. I have measured over 80C, 179F on the front center of ...
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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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How do I know if a food or recipe can be made in a microwave oven?

We've got a lot of questions about specific microwave cooking here - for example, "can I cook hamburgers in the microwave oven?" But rather than asking about specific foods, I would like to see some ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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When to season popcorn?

I enjoy snacking on popcorn, and i recently found out you can pop it without losing flavour in the microwave. I have always seasoned my popcorn after popping, but i am not really sure what is best ...
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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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How long can microwavable dinners containing meat and cheese be left out of the freezer for? [duplicate]

I purchased some microwavable Stouffers with Salisbury steak and macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately I left them on my kitchen counter over night without remembering to place them in the freezer. They ...
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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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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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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 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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Why is putting an egg in the microwave not recommended?

I would like to know why it is not recommended to put an egg in the microwave. Where does this "legend" comes from ?
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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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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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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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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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Microwave Food started smoking

I heated food in my microwave on a paper plate and it started to smoke. I had a ton of smoke in my house but now it is cleared. Should I be worried about the microwave? Is it still safe to use?
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Difference between baking a cake in cooking range and microwave oven

I don't know much about the difference between cooking range and oven. But I just want to know what difference must be made to bake a cake using a cooking range. I used to bake cakes in a microwave ...
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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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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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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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Microwave oven equipment

I just purchased a new Berkley and Jensen microwave. I would like to know what the metal rack used for? There is no explanation in the owners Manuel.