Beef liver fireworks
March 11, 2012 9:15 PM Subscribe
Why does beef liver spark in the microwave?
posted by HotToddy to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I make liver treats for my dog by boiling beef liver, dicing it, then keeping it in the freezer and defrosting in the microwave for 15 seconds when I'm going to use it. When it's in the microwave, it sparks in little random bursts, as if there are tiny grains of something bursting into flame. Today I absentmindedly put the liver bits in a sandwich baggie and tossed the whole thing in the microwave, and the sparking melted a bunch of holes in the baggie!
Google has absolutely nothing to say about this phenomenon, at least that I was able to find. Could it be the high iron content in liver causing this? Or what?