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Packing a lunch: when to heat and when to eat?

This might win me the award for most embarrassing question of the day, but I don't like messing around with bacteria in my food, so I should probably figure this out. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Sep 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Microwave Glassware

Help me find a brand of small glass dishes with lids for heating sauces in the microwave. [more inside]
posted by Eleven on Sep 19, 2016 - 16 answers

I just want to heat my food in the kitchen, not the living room!

Weird electrical issues (or possibly poltergeist) in my kitchen that are making my microwave and stove not function optimally. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Jun 11, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I choose a microwave?

Please help me buy my first microwave. What do I need to know? How much is reasonable to spend? Australian edition. [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on May 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Microwave oven is causing fluctuations in our digital scale

When our microwave oven is running, the digital scale fluctuates slightly. Is this something to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by XtinaS on Feb 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Nuked Prok Chops

My stove went up in an exciting blaze of glory this morning and I have prok chops that must be cooked today. (Meat thermometer clearly says prok so prok it is) [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck on Dec 12, 2015 - 11 answers

In search of baked goods that don't need baking

After a ludicrously protracted search, I've bought a house, and I'm moving soon. Hooray! But the kitchen is long past its prime, and in particular, the built-in oven looks to be pretty awful. Dealing with that is high on the priority list, but other things are higher, and realistically I doubt I'll be able to get to it before next year. And that's rather a shame, because I enjoy baking, and enjoy bringing the results to work for colleagues to devour. So, please help keep me sane by suggesting your favourite non-baked baked goods. [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Aug 31, 2015 - 49 answers

Monkeybrains vs. Comcast/Wave in (Mission) San Francisco

Will be moving to the Mission, trying to decide between my internet options. Monkeybrains is cheap, local, awesome, but not as fast as Comcast, who suck, are expensive, but very fast. Do you have experience with either? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Are 36" Over-The-Range Microwaves even still available?

My house is 10 years old, as is the over-the-range GE Profile microwave we had put in. This evening, it stopped heating. Possibly a diode, possibly a magnetron, possibly not - I'm not an electrician by trade, so who knows. Regardless, I can't seem to find a 36" wide over-the-range microwave for sale or from any manufacturer. My current microwave and the space between the cabinets is that wide, and I'd hate to have something that doesn't look clean in the opening. If I have to replace, what are my options? HALP!
posted by gangsterscience on May 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Microwave Internet

Is switching to a small local provider of microwave internet from Comcast a good idea? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

What do I need to know when buying a microwave?

I'm looking at buying a microwave. These microwaves list a whole bunch of features that I know nothing about. What one's are the most important? I'm trying to keep it cheap.
posted by casebash on Dec 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Scary smoke and sparking in microwave--help?

I had repeated sparks and smoking coming from the upper left side of my microwave when trying to heat a bag of popcorn and some soup (I immediately stopped it of course). However, after a thorough cleaning the problem seems to have stopped. Is it safe to assume the microwave is fine? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Nov 30, 2014 - 20 answers

Life Without a Microwave

I threw out our microwave the other day in a fit of frustration over the amount of space it took up compared to how rarely we use it, and with its general unreliability. Did I make a mistake or is modern life possible without a microwave? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 10, 2014 - 57 answers

Doing so well with appliances today!

Well, I just accidentally ran our microwave for about 4-5 minutes, with nothing in it. Did I wreck it? Is it a Dangerous Microwave now? [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Sep 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Chocolate cake for SCIENCE!

How will changing variables in this microwave chocolate cake recipe change the outcome? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Cooking Challenge: Ovenless Editon

I am going to a cabin in Maine for the summer. When I am in this cabin I like to spend many hours cooking and fussing over meals. The fussier the better. Problem: there is no oven. What are your best ovenless recipes suitable for two people in the middle of nowhere with lots of time on thier hands? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jun 19, 2014 - 31 answers

Should I dispose of my microwave?

It burned ramen (and the cover inside the microwave), damaged both the plastic cooker and cover, and smells smoky. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Apr 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Do microwave ovens get weaker with age?

Something that used to take about 40 seconds to warm up in our microwave oven to a certain temperature now seems to take about 50 seconds. This change seemed to happen fairly suddenly rather than gradually. I don't mind waiting 10 extra seconds, but I'm wondering whether the power of a microwave oven diminishes over time and whether I should expect further deterioration of its performance. It's probably about eight years old and is used daily but lightly.
posted by Dansaman on Apr 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Possessed mircowave

So my microwave makes a click noise (kinda like a Geiger counter) when plugged in but not running. It sounds evil. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Mar 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Has the popularity of microwaves resulted in a decrease in home fires?

Microwaves generally shut themselves off and are sealed, unlike stovetop elements or ovens. Has this resulted in an overall increase in home safety?
posted by Morrigan on Mar 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Microoenada y longaniza

Can I nuke this sausage? I hope I can. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Dec 25, 2013 - 5 answers

1000% of the US RDA of WHOOOOOOMP.

In an attempt to be all healthy and virtuous, I tried to make kale chips in the microwave. I nuked a small plate of plain, unadorned kale. The kale WENT UP LIKE A FREAKING FIREWORK (sparks, flames, scary noises). Multiple times (hey, I learn by doing). WHY?! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Is a Christmas pudding containing coins safe to microwave?

I made three Christmas puddings on Stir-up Sunday, with the intention of giving two away to two families with small children. As is traditional, I included a coin in the pudding. I really don't want to add to the faff of Christmas with toddlers so I was going to suggest that they microwave the pudding. Today it occurred to me that there's a chunk of metal inside each of them so perhaps that suggestion isn't as clever as all that. [more inside]
posted by calico on Nov 27, 2013 - 14 answers

A microwavable Thanksgiving

My son and I are both gluten-free and incredibly sensitive to cross-contamination. We are going to a big family thanksgiving where the food will not be GF and cross-contamination will ruin the food that normally is. (a serving spoon being shared between dishes or someone dropping bread crumbs on an open dish would leave me very sick). I would like to bring dishes so my son and I can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I don't mind spending this whole weekend cooking and freezing so he has a nice Thanksgiving. The only problem is that everything we bring has to be microwavable... So help me MFites. What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes that would hold up well to being warmed up from frozen in a microwave. (Don't worry about the recipe being gluten-free -- I'm pretty good at converting recipes).
posted by LittleMy on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Sharp Microwave touch sensitive button broken

I have a Sharp microwave, which is in good condition, except the 'Start' button has recently broken. It's the soft touch type button, and it won't start the thing no matter how I try and press it. [more inside]
posted by derbs on Oct 25, 2013 - 9 answers

There was a small fire in my microwave and it still works. Safe to use?

A paper bag caught fire in our microwave and charred the insides while it was burning for about a minute. The microwave shut off during the fire, but now it seems to work normally. Safe to use? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Oct 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Over-the-range microwave...works?

We need to replace the over-the-range microwave that came with our house. Do the vents actually work well? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Oct 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me survive my kitchen renovation

What is the best way to microwave leftover delivery pizza? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Aug 19, 2013 - 14 answers

MeFi CSI: Identifying a microwave from a blurry photo

I have just bought a house that was foreclosed on (yay for me, not so yay for the folks who lost their house to the bank). Before leaving, the last owners took the appliances out of the kitchen, leaving behind custom built-in cabinetry with specific cut-out dimensions. I would very much like to find out what microwave they had before hand, so that I can try to buy it (and the associated trim kit) to fit the existing space. But all I have to go on is a small listing photo showing the microwave installed in the cabinet. [more inside]
posted by blindcarboncopy on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Burn mark inside microwave. Manufacturer wants it. Cause for concern?

I have a Panasonic microwave that is about 1 1/2 years old. I called support regarding the door latch having issues, but I mentioned a burn mark while talking to the CSR. They escalated immediately to a supervisor and now want me to ship it back. They also asked if I have contacted medical staff, lawyer or home insurance. Should I be concerned/worried? The microwave functions fine as it is. Should I get it checked by some lab before I send it back? Should I get myself checked out?
posted by wongcorgi on Jun 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Need a small over-the-range microwave that fits a 60's kitchen.

I have a kitchen with cabinets colored and shaped like these and a layout like this. - I'm looking for a over-the-stove microwave that will work with the decor. [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Why does the microwave heat up my mug before the tea?

Why does the microwave heat up my mug before the tea? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Apr 11, 2013 - 17 answers

Replacing an over-the range microwave without neending new mount

I have a Sharp R1500 microwave that was bought in 2001 that just blew up. I'd like to get a new one that can fit into the same slot. Deets below. [more inside]
posted by odragul on Mar 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Three ovens enter, two ovens leave?

We're remodeling our kitchen, thanks to a leaking roof and water damage. My husband would love to reduce the number of appliances we have on our counter. We currently have a microwave (used solely for defrosting/reheating), a toaster oven (for baking/roasting of small items; love the faster preheating), and a regular oven (for baking/roasting large things). I've seen conflicting reports about speed ovens, steam ovens, combi ovens, etc. that seem to be able to combine some of these features. Has anyone had experience with those? Can I truly say goodbye to one of my counter top ovens? If so, what's the most useful combination for someone who mostly needs to reheat and roast, with minimal preheating time? Bonus points for specific brand recommendations.
posted by snickerdoodle on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I get this sticky residue off my microwave plate?

There is a sticky residue on the glass plate for my microwave. It's orange and kinda greasy, but the common sense ways of cleaning it (soap, rough sponge, all-purpose cleaner) are not working. Anyone have any ideas on what to use to get it off?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Feb 13, 2013 - 20 answers

What determines the frequency of arc currents when arcs occur inside a microwave oven?

What determines the frequency of the arc current when an arc occurs inside a microwave oven? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Oct 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Get in my belly, bacteria filled fishcake.

Can I eat these fishcakes? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Sep 25, 2012 - 15 answers

How do I eat without cooking?

I know how to cook from scratch. Help me not do that this summer. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 18, 2012 - 29 answers

Very Minimalist-Microwave Cooking

Microwave-only 'real', healthy cooking-- give me tips,resources and recipes. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Apr 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Tell me about your favourite microwave popcorn!

I really like microwave popcorn. I make it by hand too, and sometimes via this paper bag method, but I sort of really like factory processed microwave popcorn. Especially kettlecorn! I love fresh fairground kettlecorn, but I also really like microwave "kettlecorn," which is a different beast altogether. ...and I'd like your recommendations!
posted by sawdustbear on Apr 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Beef liver fireworks

Why does beef liver spark in the microwave? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Mar 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Bagged popcorn better than microwave?

I've heard all the cautions about microwave popcorn and bad chemicals - but do companies that make store-bought popcorn in bags also use a noxious process for popping their popcorn? I realized I might be making a "bagged popcorn is healthier" assumption when I have no idea if companies use giant microwaves and bags to pop their corn...
posted by agregoli on Dec 6, 2011 - 15 answers

So I get super powers, right?

Why does this happen and is it dangerous? When I heat anything in the microwave for about two minutes or longer, the timer/clock display casts a blur on the glass in front of the numbers, i.e. if the display says 2:30, the glass in front of the display will have a very blurred 2:30 on it. From the front it looks like the display itself is blurry, but if you stand at an angle to the side you can see how far back the numbers are from the glass in front of them. The blur will disappear after a few minutes. Should I be concerned?
posted by Nattie on Nov 18, 2011 - 8 answers

The continuing saga of "Can I Eat This," microwave division

Left the metal pop-top on the soup can when I microwaved it for lunch. I think the microwave is ok, but the really important question is: Can I eat the soup? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Nov 17, 2011 - 12 answers

It's cute but it doesn't cook.

I'm considering renting a small apartment with a super-tiny kitchen. So tiny that it doesn't have an oven! Would a convection/microwave oven suit my needs? Also, do you have experience with induction cooktops? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 26, 2011 - 27 answers

Asparagus making sparks in the microwave?

I tried to microwave some asparagus and it started sparking. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by mr frosted on Apr 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it dangerous to heat water in the microwave?

MythFilter: I get these chain emails every once in a while about how dangerous it is to heat water in the microwave. I can't seem to get a straight answer from anybody! Is microwaving water really that dangerous? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Mar 21, 2011 - 18 answers

Is microwaving OJ bad?

I like to nuke my orange juice, grapefruit juice, etc. Vitamin C is easily destroyed by heat. Am I drinking less Vitamin C when I nuke my OJ? [more inside]
posted by jyorraku on Mar 1, 2011 - 7 answers

home science filter: Why is my water is singing!

I just microwaved a mug of water. And after about a minute it started making a loud humming noise, like what happens when you run a wet finger around a champagne glass. It sounded like there were aliens landing in my microwave. What happened? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Feb 25, 2011 - 13 answers

What Power a Paper Towel Holds in the Microwave!

Why does the addition of a layer of paper towel make such a big difference when microwaving certain foods? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur on Feb 17, 2011 - 18 answers

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