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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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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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Is it safe to boil water in a microwave?

Our electric kettle broke. So this morning I used the microwave to boil water for the first cup of coffee. Only thing is - the water in south Africa is not really the best of quality when you get it ...
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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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Does microwaving destroy nutrients in food?

After answering this article, I did some research on microwaving killing vitamins and nutrients in food. I very quickly learned that this is a touchy subject, even among nutritionists, and nobody (at ...
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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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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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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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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 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 it?...
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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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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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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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Microwave-safe cups becoming less safe

For a couple of years we have been using a microwave-safe cup to heat up milk. The milk is whipped until it's creamy, then we add coffee on top of it and we have a sort of cappuccino. Until recently ...
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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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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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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 it wise to use an aluminum foil in the microwave? Is there a substitute for the aluminum foil?

I was recently looking up a recipe for quick Chawanmushi and came across a recipe which used aluminum foil in the microwave. First of all, I thought that aluminum foil, with it's jagged edges would ...
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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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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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Water Exploded in Microwave

I heated water in the microwave and it exploded inside. Water was pouring out even though the door was shut. I now know that I'm not supposed to heat water in the microwave. But I did and now after ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Fastest way to cook a baked potato?

Baked potatoes are great as everyone knows but what is fastest way to cook them (obviously preserving the taste). Normally I do about 10 minutes in the microwave and then in the oven till the top ...
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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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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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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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Microwaved rice, it’s not fluffy

In the student dorms I'm limited to a microwave. So I microwave the rice, put in a colander and drain it. But the rice is not fluffy, tried different rices but it just doesn't texture right. What am ...
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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 Nestle'...
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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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How should I pre-cook a burger to be micrwaveable?

Start with a generic 1/3rd lb patty of ground beef, either frozen or fresh. Normally I follow the advice from How do you grill a perfect burger?, however, I want to make many. How can I cook and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Potato in the microwave

My brother in law was telling me the other day that he just sticks whole potatos into the microwave wrapped in wax paper for a quick snack. Is this ok/safe? If you do this, do you have other ...
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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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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 ...