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Are there any dishes that can only be cooked with a microwave?

Yes! In 1969, the physicist Nicholas Kurti gave a talk in which he demonstrated a variant of Baked Alaska called "Frozen Florida": a shell of frozen meringue around a center of hot liquor. This was ...
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Why do my mini pizzas have microwave trays?

The piece of cardboard is a microwave browning element. Ordinarily, most of the heating energy in a microwave is absorbed by water in the food. The result is similar to steaming. The material on the ...
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Is my microwave damaged if I can smell the food inside it?

Microwave doors don't have an airtight seal; the window between the electronics and the cooking compartment is also not airtight, and the electronics are cooled by a fan. It would be surprising if ...
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Is it safe to boil water in a microwave?

There is one very different issue to be kept in mind - water in a microwave can overheat and "explode" once it is disturbed. Another poster had exactly this problem a short while ago: Water exploded ...
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Why do we need to reheat food?

The primary reason for reheating is just that warm food is more pleasant to eat. How warm, that is a personal preference - and stirring or heating longer can ensure more throughout heating. Reheating ...
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Why is putting an egg in the microwave not recommended?

This probably refers to whole eggs mostly... A microwave can boil water very rapidly, and a tight but fragile container like a whole egg will violently rupture if such rapid boiling happens inside it,...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

Metal has a lot of potential issues in the microwave (electric charge buildup + arcing, and microwave reflection). There are too many variables to make general statements like "such-and-such metal is ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

I think the primary considerations are convenience (how much effort is it to set up and use the system?) and time spent (how long does the system take to heat the water?). A standard electric stove ...
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Why use a kettle to heat water?

Bear in mind that I'm using an electric kettle, rather than a stove-top one. First, the advantage of a kettle is that it is quite efficient, and turns itself off once the water is boiling. This as ...
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Can you pop microwave popcorn on a stove?

After I found the pack of microwave popcorn again I decided to do a quick search on the English web. I found that the corn in the bag is just normal popcorn mixed with some fake butter and that there'...
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Exploding shelled egg in microwave

Oh lordy. You're lucky you didn't get hurt. Ann Reordan did a good video about these microwave egg hacks. The segment with her many experiments starts around 6:00. (other hacks/myths are at the ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

Spoons (most metal, in fact) are generally not a huge problem in the microwave. My microwave has metal parts...many do. Forks are sometimes a problem due to a build up of charge between the tines, ...
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Why doesn't a microwave heat the air around food, in addition to the food itself?

With all electromagnetic radiation, including visible light and microwaves, absorption depends on the molecules doing the absorption. Air is mainly oxygen and nitrogen, and these don't absorb very ...
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Why is putting an egg in the microwave not recommended?

As someone who tried this out at a young age, I thoroughly DO recommend it! The microwave makes a huge bang and jumps 2 inches off the bench. Good times! (However, you need to do some heavy duty ...
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Can you put polystyrene in the microwave oven

Well, I can tell you with absolute authority that polystyrene melts in the microwave. Here's a chunk of polystyrene cut from a foam shipping container. I double checked with the website (Propak), and ...
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Products that can be microwaved and "pop" just like popcorn

Popcorn should be considered one of "nature's little miracles" - & a way to make a huge profit out of air. Yes, you can pop other dried grains/seeds, but don't expect anything quite so ...
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Exploding shelled egg in microwave

In 2017 researchers from Charles M. Salter Associates in San Francisco looked into the exploding microwaved eggs. They'd been hired to offer testimony in litigation of a case where a consumer claimed ...
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Why didn't microwaving a stainless steel spoon set my kitchen on fire?

There are actually two things worth considering with metal in microwaves. The big danger is arcing and that happens with pointy things like forks and apparently grapes. It's also worth considering, ...
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Microwave-safe cups becoming less safe

Whenever something gets hot in a microwave, it indicates the presence of water. If something that used to stay cool suddenly heats up, you have water present where previously there was none. I assume ...
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Are there any dishes that can only be cooked with a microwave?

The "instant" sponge cake, innovated at El Bulli, can only be made in a microwave. Here is an example. Basically, a batter is poured into a whipping siphon. It is charged. The aerated batter is ...
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Why do we need to reheat food?

You don't. Reheating food does not improve food safety, it is purely a matter of taste. Even "piping hot" is not hot enough to kill off any pathogens. If it's safe to eat warm, it's safe to ...
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Is my microwave still safe to use after accidentally heating metal in it?

The spark was a voltage jumping over a gap somewhere. This may occur again, but so long as the magnetron survives, you should be okay. The problem with sparks is they can leave a carbon trail deep ...
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What temperature is 'High' in a 950 watt microwave?

It is impossible to convert Microwaves into Celsius or Fahrenheit. Temperature(Celsius): Temperature is a measure of the average translational kinetic energy of the molecules of a system. Heat is ...
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What is the difference between Microwave, Microwave Oven, and Oven?

First off, the terminology issue. So, can someone please clear up this fog? What's the difference between Microwave and Oven and Microwave Oven? "Microwave" is just short for "microwave oven". ...
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Why does food cooked in the microwave heat inside-out?

Your microwave isn't exactly cooking your food from the inside out. Instead, what is happening is that some parts of your food that happen to be on the interior are being heated faster than those ...
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Water Exploded in Microwave

Joe is essentially right. Bubbles form in a liquid at what are called nucleation sites - small irregularies in the container or in the liquid itself. If you look at the bottom of some beer ...
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Why is putting an egg in the microwave not recommended?

A simple undamaged raw egg in a microwave at full power will explode. Unless you have a deep desire to thoroughly scrub your microwave I can not recommend that approach. The problem is that the egg ...
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Microwave oven first time use — "10 minutes with water"?

The directions are in fact asking you to place a bowl of water in the Microwave Oven and run it for 10mins. The reason is, it allows things to "break-in" and assures that you don't have any direct ...
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Are there any dishes that can only be cooked with a microwave?

At least for smallish and thin objects, microwaves heat foods “everywhere and throughout at the same time” (for lack of a better description). Exactly what isn’t desired for a steak, as discussed in ...
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Is my microwave damaged if I can smell the food inside it?

It's totally normal to smell the food in a microwave as they aren't meant to be sealed. Microwaves have fans to circulate the air and keep the electronics cool, so they will circulate aromas.
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