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Microwave sparks

The sparks you describe are inherent in the microwave technology. There isn't any microwave oven that can avoid the sparks. Worse, there is a risk that the microwave will fail in a way that's way more ...
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general principles of piercing the protective cover of unfrozen microwave ready meals

I assume it is simply to allow some steam to escape during heating, so that you don't have a big mess to clean up when the "balloon" pops, or, as Chris H wisely points out below, a potential ...
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Microwave sparks

Purchase a 120V 20A (or if in a different locale, 220-250V 10-15A) Key Switch (or Locking Switch) and install it (or have it installed) on the circuit for the microwave. Do not allow the children to ...
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Microwave sparks

No, there are no microwaves that can detect if a metallic container has been placed in it. (The sparks are caused due to the presence of metal cutlery or metal in a vessel). Please teach your kids to ...
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Can you finish a quality steak in the microwave

Microwaves don't cook as evenly as you might think. Even with a turntable, I would worry about hotspots and uneven cooking, particularly with thicker steaks. Also, they cook fast. Medium-rare versus ...
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general principles of piercing the protective cover of unfrozen microwave ready meals

2-in-1 Trick: Don't Pierce, Lift a Corner of the Cover. While piercing the cover to allow steam to escape is the recommended approach -- on the packaging -- it's not the best solution. The next step, ...
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general principles of piercing the protective cover of unfrozen microwave ready meals

It would be difficult to poke too few holes. The purpose is to allow steam to escape, preventing a potentially dangerous buildup of pressure and hot steam. Even a tiny hole should allow pressure to ...
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What can be done to best preserve the quality of protein when reheating with sides in a microwave?

Don't blame the microwave. It doesn't cook "inside out"; it just cooks relatively evenly compared to the heat of an oven or hob. But it also cooks quickly, and so you are cooking your food ...
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Is combination Microwave oven capable of doing all food types?

I have only owned one combination oven and will not be purchasing another. Like many things, these ovens are a compromise. I got an "access denied" message when I tried to follow the link to ...
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Is combination Microwave oven capable of doing all food types?

I can't speak for the particular model you're asking about (I can't access the link, but that's not relevant) but I have been using one of these combi-ovens for a few years. I've done many things, ...
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has microwave safe plastic plate gone bad

To get one thing out of the way, there is not a single case of a microwave-oven having caused cancer on its own. Ever. It's just not how microwaves work. At the frequency that the electromagnetic ...
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general principles of piercing the protective cover of unfrozen microwave ready meals

I suspect that the problem piercing the plastic with the fork is because of the way you are holding the fork. When you pierce the plastic with your fork, angle the fork so that one prong of the fork ...
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How to reduce microwave power to prevent burned popcorn?

I make plain popcorn in paper sandwich bags all the time. I find that if I soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes before draining and popping them they don't burn and actually pop better (lighter ...
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Improving my microwave chai tea - Suggestions?

"Chai tea" usually refers to masala chai, which would be brewed with a lot of spices. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to get closer to that, you can add cardamom, ginger, cloves, ...
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Is combination Microwave oven capable of doing all food types?

I've been using one for 5 years and had no problems. It microwaves fine, cooks fine, and grills fine. We've used the oven for cakes, pies, lasagnas, pasta bakes, roast potatoes, cookies and much more. ...
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Is combination Microwave oven capable of doing all food types?

I don't know that particular model, but we have had frequent questions on the site where it turned out that such combination ovens don't turn off the microwave emitter when set in "baking" ...
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general principles of piercing the protective cover of unfrozen microwave ready meals

There are two purposes for the holes - first, as others have pointed out, is to allow steam to escape. Second, the heated steam itself assists in cooking the food. So on this second point, I poke my ...
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What causes tea to foam?

I was able to find this article discussing the subject and even offering a few ideas for how to get tea foam intentionally: https://www.dreamycup.com/why-does-tea-foam/ The ideas they shared were: ...
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What ingredients smell good when microwaved?

Smell usually come from splatters, even minuscule amount of splatters. Make sure you properly clean all surfaces inside and outside the microwave after you (and colleagues) use it. You can also try to ...
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Why is my microwave popcorn burned and undercooked at the same time?

I can tell from the answers that people who don't have this kind of microwave don't get it. I've been making microwave popcorn for decades (my favorite is Orville R Smart Pop) with NO problems on ...
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