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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


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

(Dim)something strange is going on.

This is a should I eat it?* question of sorts. Exactly how is my Chinese take-out place attempting to kill me? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Dec 11, 2009 - 14 answers

How dangerous are the fumes from a microwave fire?

How dangerous are the fumes from a microwave fire? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Nov 12, 2009 - 7 answers

help me fix my microwave!

where can I find a missing part for my microwave? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Sep 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Need a very small (less than 9 inches height) stainless steel microwave oven.

Need a very small (<=9 inches height) stainless steel microwave oven. [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Sep 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Are holes on the inside of a microwave door a problem?

The inside of my microwave door has small holes melted in it. Is it still safe? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jul 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Can I put these plates in the microwave, and are they full of lead?

My wife and I were recently given a set of '70s-era plates, bowls, etc. named Mikasa Checkmates (the "Butternut" line, as pictured here). I'm wondering if anyone could tell me if a) they're microwave-safe (on the bottom it reads "Oven To Table To Dishwasher") and b) if they're full of lead (as this site claims).
posted by The Card Cheat on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Microwave mysteries

Sometimes I use the microwave for a few seconds to soften hard-frozen ice cream (for spoonability), or to soften a cold stick of butter (for spreadability). In these cases why does the center of the food heat first but the edges stay cooler; but when I microwave leftovers or soup in a dish for lunch, the edges of the food get hot first and middle stays cool? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Apr 25, 2009 - 9 answers

How to get my microwave oven to heat again

Why did my microwave oven stop heating after I tried to use it to heat water in a clear pyrex measuring cup? And how can I get it to work again? I've had the not-heating problem before, and it has gone away. I can't remember whether I did something to make it work again. This time, I tried unplugging the oven and plugging it in again -- no dice. Everything works except for the heating up part.
posted by Sia Stewart on Apr 11, 2009 - 5 answers

Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside?

Is it worth the trouble to vent our range hood outside? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Best with a microwave

I'm looking for a recommendation for a microwave cookbook. I want it to be about what the microwave is best at, not just how to hack normal stuff to work in the microwave. Perhaps a book on how to do things that are only possible with a microwave.
posted by krisjohn on Feb 16, 2009 - 9 answers

I want to eat well!

In search of awesome recipes that use microwaves, a stovetop and a toaster oven. [more inside]
posted by big open mouth on Feb 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Rice To Meet You

How do I make white rice for one person (me)? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Feb 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Microwave vs motion detector

Why would my mum's (inside) microwave set off her (outside) motion detector? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jan 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me figure out how to microwave an egg

If I cook an egg in the microwave it explodes, often with spectacular and messy force. If I microwave one fully immersed in water, will the same thing happen, or will the water absorb all the microwaves, so that the egg will effectively be boiled? [more inside]
posted by Coventry on Nov 13, 2008 - 22 answers

how long would you have to microwave a person before they'd die?

Suppose you had a microwave oven large enough to fit a person into it. How long would you have to microwave someone before they'd die? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 9, 2008 - 14 answers

I need my ventilation to suck

Do over-the-oven microwaves with exhaust inherently suck? (no pun intended) [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Nov 3, 2008 - 14 answers

How to pop popcorn safely

What's the safest way to make popcorn -- air popper or microwave popper? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Oct 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Wireless/microwaves disrupt pacemakers/aircraft how?

Pilots and medical personnel: Exactly why are cell phones and wireless devices prohibited at takeoff/landings and in ICUs (etc.). Are there known consequences on certain equipment? And why, precisely, are microwaves bad for pacemaker wearers? I'm interested in knowing exactly what mechanisms are/could be affected, how and why. [more inside]
posted by spock on Aug 13, 2008 - 15 answers

The Microwave of Death !?!?

Is cooking (or re-heating) my food with a microwave destroying the food, sucking out nutrients that would not be removed by heating on the stove top in a stainless pan? I've heard this here and there, dated an Earth Mother South Austin Woman who was/likely is certain that I may as well put nuclear waste products AND rat poison in my food, pretty much heard the same about twenty minutes ago from a woman working in the vitamin/supplements department at Whole Foods, yet another Austin Earth Mother type; just the fact that I said the word 'microwave' caused her to get a big frowny face, looked like she had gas or something. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I like to toss broccoli with just a shade of water into the microwave for a couple of minutes, or re-heat my rice and beans or soup or whatever. Related: Does cooking vegetables in a pressure cooker rob them of needed nutrients? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Aug 7, 2008 - 26 answers

Microwave vs. Computer, and the Microwave is winning.

The kitchen computer has a little trackpad/keyboard combo that sits atop of the microwave. When the microwave turns on, the trackpad stops working. Looking for suggestions on shielding, putting a filter in line with the cable, grounding, anything to help me cook and mouse at the same time. [more inside]
posted by sol on Jun 28, 2008 - 5 answers

How to get rid of (not cover) a burnt plastic smell in my microwave?

How do I get rid of a really strong burnt-plastic smell from the inside of my microwave? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 8, 2008 - 8 answers

How do you get by when simmering and sauteing aren't options?

I have a microwave and a toaster oven and no range. What are your fresh, healthy recipes using the aforementioned things? [more inside]
posted by pedantic on Mar 26, 2008 - 13 answers

Is the chipped lining in my old microwave dangerous?

Is my microwave still safe? The paint or lining or whatever has gotten chipped over the years and bare metal is showing through in four or five places, mostly on the bottom of the oven. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Feb 23, 2008 - 7 answers

My microwave tried to kill me

Why did my microwave "explode"? [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy on Feb 23, 2008 - 17 answers

[insert funny microwave disaster reference here]

My son tried to heat up a metal pot in my ex-wife's Frigidaire microwave. Needless to say, there were sparks and pops and they turned it off right away. Now, there are some scorched-looking spots on the microwave. Is it likely or unlikely that the microwave is still in working order? Are microwaves built to handle the odd arcing incident without being destroyed? [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Need fake beans, need hot, fake beans.

Beans! I want to make a microwavable beanbag, something that I can nuke for 30 seconds or so and wrap warm around my neck - but I don't want to use beans. [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Jan 22, 2008 - 28 answers

I want my home-made microwave foods to be crisp, but how?

I want relatively crisp reheated food from the microwave. Can can I buy or make something to do this for me, like that silvery-coated paperboard that comes with frozen foods? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Jan 9, 2008 - 15 answers

Funny "burn the microwave popcorn" sign?

Anybody remember where (the URL) to find the funny sign you can put near the workplace microwave about BURNING THE FREAKING MICROWAVE POPCORN? (At the risk of ending up on Passive-Aggressive Notes, I could use one right now.)
posted by spock on Jan 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Good microwave cooking recipes for Christmas candies, jams, etc

Surprisingly good microwave recipes anyone? I'm looking for microwave recipes for jams, candy, etc. that you've actually made and turned out surprisingly well for being cooked in a microwave. I'm particularly interested in any recipe that can be made and put in containers for Christmas gifts.
posted by GlowWyrm on Dec 10, 2007 - 8 answers

How can I completely stop my microwave from beeping?

I want my microwave never to beep (either for setting times or when cooking is done). Any other device I'd just disassemble enough to cut or block the sound source, but I'm guessing disassembly's not safe here. I don't have a manual (it's a GE, no apparent model number, bought secondhand last year). Can you think of a solution other than trying to physically block the sound just from the outside?
posted by lorimer on Nov 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me not cause a kitchen appliance disaster

Safe to put a microwave on top of a fridge? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Nov 12, 2007 - 22 answers

Do convection microwave ovens work?

Do convection microwave ovens work? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

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