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Covering cooking with a microwave, selection of appropriate cooking times and powers, cooking from fresh and re-heating, differences and techniques for microwave cooking.

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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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Is it safe to bake dough in a microwave?

I heard that meat isn't safe to bake or grill in a microwave because there may be tiny areas that contain less moisture and hence not cooked through as microwave cooks moving water molecules. So what ...
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How to cook a Turkey in the Microwave?

I wish to expedite the cooking process of my turkey this year. How do I cook a full 25 lb. turkey in the microwave? It must be edible - preferably delicious!
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Are there any dishes that can only be cooked with a microwave?

I read this question for microwaving chicken, and it left me wondering: Are there any dishes that can only be prepared with a microwave? If such dishes exist, what are their characteristics and why ...
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Can you pop microwave popcorn on a stove?

I move quite a bit and suddenly I found myself with microwave popcorn but without any microwave. I'd like to pop them anyway. I've seen in movies how people pop corn on stoves in various ways but I ...
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Why is it not recommended to microwave UK or Canadian bacon?

Following this thread (Is it possible to cook bacon without melting as much fat?), @Italian Philosopher mentions that this is not a good idea for UK or Canadian bacon. I've noticed that most bacon I ...
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Why is my microwave popcorn burned and undercooked at the same time?

I recently bought a new microwave, and started to experience a very bizarre phenomenon when trying to cook microwave popcorn. For clarification, the Popcorn I am using is pre-packaged and in a paper ...
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PET containers for freezer meals?

I'm looking to develop freezer meals for my family. The meals will be frozen in plastic takeout boxes likely PET, or PET-lined paper/kraft bowls. The frozen meals are likely to remain frozen even ...
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If only one choice - convection microwave, convection oven, regular micro, conventional oven?

Can a convection microwave along with an induction cooktop effectively replace a microwave, conventional electrical oven and cooktop? I'm creating a small kitchen for a guest suite. One approach has a ...
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How do you stop chickpeas exploding in the microwave?

I put chickpeas & beans in my curry but when microwaving some the next day it exploded. How can I prevent this? (Like with eggs you just prick the yolk and no explosions)
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Microwave Power settings

Why is microwaving at full power for half the time, not the same as microwaving at half-power for twice the time. What's happening that's beneficial when the pulse is off half the time?
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I forgot my falafel and shawarma wrap [duplicate]

At around 2pm yesterday, I bought wraps from a street stand I'm familiar with. I brought it home... and forgot it existed. It's 10am next day, but it's untouched and as well sealed as a takeout ...
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I burned some sweet potatoes in my new microwave- is the microwave ruined?

I put two small purple sweet potatoes in the microwave for 12 minutes and they burned in my new microwave. My dad claims I destroyed the microwave because I burned something in it just once. Is he ...
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Microwaving M&Ms produces sparks

Last week I microwaved some peanut butter M&Ms for 40 seconds, which is something I've done hundreds of times before to melt the chocolate on the inside. However, when I did it this time, there ...
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Is burnt microwave safe to use?

Microwave popcorn left a burnt hole on the little metal plate inside the microwave. It still, works perfectly fine. But is it safe food wise? Should i use it?
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