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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

My lunch is nuking Sirius

Why would a microwave oven in the next room ( approx 15 ft from the antennae) kill my Sirius reception? [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Feb 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Microwaved food safety question

Microwaved food safety question - help me argue with (or gracefully capitulate to) my hippie friends! [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Shazam! Off goes the microwave! But why?

My power strip has been spontaneously switching itself to off when my microwave's going. Nothing's plugged into it but that microwave. What's going on? Is the microwave safe to use? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Jan 25, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me find microwave-friendly foods!

Need your lunch suggestions! What can I make the night before that isn't lunch meat or that reheats well in the microwave without becoming rubber in texture and flavor? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jan 25, 2011 - 28 answers

I got a combo microwave/convection/grill oven for Xmas. What/How do I cook in it?

I got a combo microwave/convection/grill oven for Xmas. What/How do I cook in it? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jan 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find some green appliances!

I need help finding the most eco-friendly and ethical small appliances (or at least, the least non-ethical and non-eco-friendly) that I can. The web resources are seriously lacking! Hope me? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit on Nov 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Cooking times for MicroMax sandwhich maker?

At a house sale here in northern Thailand I picked up a MicroMax Microwave Hamburger/Sandwich Grill for the princely sum of one dollar. It's in like new condition but there were no accompanying instructions. Imprinted on the bottom is the notice, "See instructions for preheat and cooking times...DO NOT EXCEED." I wrote to the manufacturer Nordic Ware who replied that since the item was discontinued, they couldn't provide instructions. Does anyone else in AskMeFi land have one of these devices? Any input for times to create a fine grilled ham and cheese sandwich or tuna melt would be appreciated. Perhaps you may have found or created interesting recipes for the MicroMax? Those would be most welcome also. Many thanks.
posted by thaivagabond on Nov 12, 2010 - 3 answers

TEH NUKER KILLZ

Is my microwave leaking radiation? Is it worth worrying about? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Oct 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Blackened microwave: windfall or demon core?

Is a blackened microwave dangerous? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Sep 20, 2010 - 8 answers

I need a new microwave/convection oven

Please recommend a countertop microwave/convection oven. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Jul 6, 2010 - 2 answers

Does heating / microwaving food mitigate mono?

How safe is it to eat cooking from someone getting over mononucleosis? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Apr 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me adapt Barbara Kafka's microwave risotto recipe to my new oven.

Help me adapt Barbara Kafka's microwave risotto recipe to my new oven. Her timings are for 650-700 watts. My new Sharp R-305KS is nominally 1100 watts, but testing shows it's actually 900 watts. That's still too much power for Kafka's timings. Have you adapted the recipe for this oven, or are you so incredibly bright that you can transpose? (Remember, there is no straight-line relationship between microwave power and times, so please don't tell me to multiply by .636. Even I'm smart enough to do that, but it doesn't work.)
posted by markcmyers on Apr 11, 2010 - 7 answers

Shine on, little bulb

Is the light bulb in the microwave different than the ones in our lamps? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Microwave - (turntable tray + wheels) = Fine long term?

This is likely a dumb question. :) But I have this little microwave. Both the glass turntable and the plastic wheel thing are broken. The microwave itself works fine and heats things up. Short of dripping stuff down into the motor enclosure where the wheel+turntable would normally sit, can I use this microwave normally long-term with no worries? I'm assuming that the only difference is the food would be unevenly heated (I could manually turn), but I just wanted to make sure the turntable motor business wasn't connected to anything else. Replacements would cost more than the microwave at this point.
posted by Ky on Mar 30, 2010 - 7 answers

One of the worst smells on this earth

My microwave is stinky -- burnt popcorn smell. How do I remove it? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Feb 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me cook my lean cuisines!

What's wrong with my microwave? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Feb 15, 2010 - 8 answers

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