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What can be done to best preserve the quality of protein when reheating with sides in a microwave? [duplicate]

For a single male the most economical way of preparing food is to cook for multiple days at once and reheating the food in the microwave the next day. This is fine for the most part, but there is one ...
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Can you finish a quality steak in the microwave

If you look at recommendations on how to prepare a quality steak there are usually three steps to it. Sear on both sides with very high heat until the outside is done to your liking Put into the oven ...
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Microwave sparks

My children always leave silverware in the microwave and all of my microwaves stopped working. Is there a microwave if you accidentally leave silverware in that will not cause sparks?
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Is combination Microwave oven capable of doing all food types?

I am making a small 2 bedroom rental unit with kitchen but on tight space, and I'd like to understand, whether equipping a wall mounted Microwave Oven, instead of the usual Oven+Microwave, would ...
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Improving my microwave chai tea - Suggestions?

Making chai tea in a microwave (youtube) This is a scrappy version of chai tea I made in an office microwave with things available in the pantry - a (black) tea bag and hot water and milk from the ...
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is it safe to use a microwave that you burnt metal in? [duplicate]

i wasnt thinking and heated up tinfoil in the microwave, it full on caught on fire and burnt the top and sides of the microwave. is it still safe to use? it works but theres a burnt smell i'm working ...
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has microwave safe plastic plate gone bad

I used my microwave oven to reheat Vermicelli. The plate was hot and the plate's centre side got bulged up a bit ( i mean noticeable level ), I never saw this before. I used microwave safe plastic I'...
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general principles of piercing the protective cover of unfrozen microwave ready meals

The microwave ready meals I tend to eat all say the same thing: pierce the protective plastic cover before heating at %POWER%, usually around 800W for %TIME%, usually 4-5 minutes. Most of them say to ...
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What causes tea to foam?

Sometimes my tea has some foam on top. Is the "white" foam caused by denatured proteins in the tea leaves when heated? And is there a method that I can always get this white foam, because ...
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What ingredients smell good when microwaved? [closed]

My workplace's breakroom has a microwave next to the coffee machine. The room ventilation isn't great and the smell of microwaved food is often still noticeable even a couple hours after lunch, when ...
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Limited prep space, left food scale in microwave

I currently have limited room and I was making a recipe I had no other room but in my microwave to prep. I forgot the scale was in there and turned my microwave on. Will it be harmful health wise like ...
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Which side up (with skin or not) to put a salmon slice when microwaving?

It is a quick meal only of course but still interesting how better. There are raw salmon slices available for sale here. They are flat and have a skin on one side, that can be either upper or lower ...
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How many times (and ways) can you reheat honey safely?

We have an old house that is quite cold especially in winter. As a result, the bottled honey we buy solidifies in the squeeze bottle. The manufacturer recommendation for this is to gently reheat the ...
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Can I eat food with a bit of mold if I treat it for X minutes in the microwave?

This question may sound as stupid as it is, but I just want to feed my curiosity (I am not going to eat mouldy food). I am trying to find a common point for these two assumptions (provided that both ...
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Bell Pepper cooking in the microwave

When I microwave sliced bell peppers, they spark like they have metal in them. Does the bell peppers have any metal pieces?
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What is the purpose of this microwave platter with outer ring for water?

I recently inherited a platter for use in the microwave. It is made of plastic and has a channel around the perimeter for water. Its markings read: FOR MICROWAVE OVEN ONLY. DO NOT USE WITHOUT FOOD ...
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Can Le Creuset Dutch Oven be used in the microwave in convection mode?

I am reading that cast iron may pop or crackle in a convection oven, and aluminum is best for it. Since Le Creuset Dutch Oven is just enameled cast iron, I couldn't help but have a safety concern over ...
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Does chicken need to be covered while cooking in the microwave?

The steam under a cover is a burn waiting to happen. Chicken cooked other ways isn't usually covered, so holding steam around chicken isn't a necessary part of cooking it, and I'm not trying to steam ...
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Small Black Screw left inside microwave oven [closed]

The Service Representative left a small black screw inside the combination Microwave/ Convection oven after replacing a wire spring in the hinge to a drop down door. The screw may have been left under ...
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Frozen dinners extremely dry after reheating

Frozen dinners become extremely dry after reheating them, so much so that I choke on them while eating. Why could this possibly happen, and how can I avoid it? I store them in the freezer (newish ...
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Why do we need to reheat food?

Among family, I have found radically different approaches to reheating food that has already been fully cooked. Some will not eat last night's leftovers unless they have been microwaved to the point ...
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Do you know of a spinning plate for microwave?

I have a microwave oven that does not have a turntable. I have not had success finding something that will rotate my food to make food heat more evenly. Does anyone have or know of such a product?
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Exploding shelled egg in microwave

My partner, dissatisfied with raggedy poached eggs, found an alternative method. Most likely on Facebook :P Break an egg into a glass, add a little water, microwave until cooked. The first attempt ...
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Would some dry herbs sprinkled on the surface prevent water from superheating in the microwave?

I know about the risks of superheating water in a microwave (and some countermeasures), but suppose that someone didn’t have any sort of wooden skewer, tooth pick, or something like that to act as a ...
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Products that can be microwaved and "pop" just like popcorn

What makes corn pop and is it possible to microwave any other type of food into the form of pop-something just like sweetcorn?
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Why do my mini pizzas have microwave trays?

I have these frozen mini pizzas which come with a silver piece of cardboard (see image at the end). I disregarded it at first, but then read the cooking instructions and it says that it is a microwave ...
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How long would I have to microwave corn syrup to get it to the hard ball candy stage?

I have 0.3 kg of corn syrup at room temperature (294 K). The specific heat of corn syrup is [2.72 kJ/(kg K)][1]. I want to heat it up in a 1,000 W microwave until it reaches 394 K. I know that q=mcΔT ...
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Can any potatoes be cooked in the microwave?

I bought these baby potatoes from sainsburys and it says on the packet you can microwave them in 7.5 minutes and they will be ok to cook. I imagine they are not precooked or am I wrong? This got me ...
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What equation should I use for microwaving food?

Prepackaged microwave food typically says to microwave on high for n seconds. It usually says that the instructions are meant for an 1100 watt microwave (give or take). My microwave is only 950 watts. ...
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How do I avoid microwave-safe covers melting in the microwave?

I've twice now had a microwave cover that was advertised as microwave safe melt while heating food. The first time, I was reheating Chinese leftovers (3 minutes on 950W, like I usually reheat my foot) ...
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Microwave Oven Operating Frequencies

I have read that industrial microwave ovens operate at 900 MHz rather than the more common 2.4 GHz ovens found in most homes. Why is this? Some examples of this claim: Continuous Microwave Processing ...
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Why doesn't a microwave heat the air around food, in addition to the food itself?

I'm reading Harold McGee's "On Food And Cooking", and in the "Microwave Cooking" section he writes: Since the air in the oven is not heated, microwave ovens can’t brown meat ...
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My microwave sparked

I put my mug which has a golden handle by mistake in the microwave. Then the microwave sparked so I disconnected the microwave. Is the microwave still safe to use? The microwave is only 3 months old.
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Why are Built-in/Wall Microwaves Above Ovens when Stacked?

I've noticed that stacks of built-in/wall ovens and microwaves are almost always installed with the microwave on top and the oven at the bottom, regardless of whether they are single or separate ...
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Is there a way to incorporate air into a gel made from starch and will the pockets of air stay when dehydrated?

I'm experimenting with creating puff cereal at home. I was wondering if creating a gel, dehydrating it and then puffing it in an oven with high pressure is the only way. I actually had an successfull ...
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How can I bake muffins without an oven?

In the Big Man's Blog, there's a recipe for Banana Bread Muffins, which I'd love to make. The problem is the very first item below, since I have no oven. I have a microwave and an induction stove (and ...
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How can I thicken/firm up this caramel?

At the weekend, I made millionaire shortbread according to the recipe in Nigella Lawson's "How To Be a Domestic Goddess" (the full recipe is below for completeness). For the caramel part, ...
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What are some effective tips for cooking bacon in the microwave?

I typically cook my bacon in the oven or stove top. A relative of mine saw me do this and recommended using the microwave instead. I have two questions on this: Is this food safe--does using a ...
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Does cooking food destroy BPA?

These days, stocking up on and eating canned food to reduce grocery shopping trips is tempting but reports have found possibly BPA can be an issue with eating certain levels of those foods [1]. Aside ...
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Lysol on microwave, how to clean off?

Honestly, I’m still learning about some cleaning products. I made an approximately 10% Lysol 90% water solution, dipped a small paper towel into it, and wiped all exterior sides (no interior) of a ...
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damaged microwave door

My young daughter put a small pan with a metal handle in the microwave. It began to spin around on the turntable and whacked the inside of the door. There was a spark and the inside of the door is ...
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How long should I bake the pizza in a microwave oven?

I am making homemade pizza using a store bought pizza base. I know this is a fairly basic problem, but I am new here. Anyway, I own a Samsung microwave oven which also has a convection mode. Do I ...
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Microwave cooking ready frozen meals

If a frozen ready meal states 9 minutes microwave cooking, how do I work out cooking time for two identical meals?
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Energy efficiency of microwave and electric kettle for heating water

Has anyone measured the watts used to heat a mug of water in a microwave instead of in electric kettle into cold mug? I have always considered that an electric kettle wastes energy when heating enough ...
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What to use to separate layers of dough?

I want to bake pancakes in glass bowl in microwave, some kind of thick pancakes, but want to do it faster. Instead of making one pancake at a time it would be faster to bake them all at once stacked ...
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Is my microwave damaged if I can smell the food inside it?

I think I can smell the food inside my microwave. Is that bad? I figured it's not necessarily unsafe, since you only need a cage to block the microwaves from escaping, but I'm not familiar with the ...
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What difference do microwave power settings make for reheating food?

Basically, the practical implications of microwave heating for food appear to be rather unclear to me. So, the question is whether a higher power setting for a shorter time does indeed produce, as is ...
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How to make microwaved porridge thicker

In the morning, I usually have porridge with a bit of fruit. The issue is that the porridge oats always seem to retain their shape and never become very sticky, even after I leave it for a few seconds ...
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If a utensil is safe for a 'normal' microwave, is it also safe for a flatbed microwave?

I have some silicon based utensils (a steam case, a rice cooker and one for cooking pasta). These are developed for use in microwaves and I do not want to get rid of them. However, I'm planning in ...
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Microwave cooking time with porcelain/stoneware container rather than plastic

Would the cooking time change if I microwave some food in a porcelain or stoneware container rather than plastic? More details (if you have time to waste) I generally do not like to put plastic in ...
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