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Complex Microwaving instructions

Old 04-26-19, 02:20 PM
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Complex Microwaving instructions

How convenient is this frozen meal if I have to "open corner to vent, cook 3 or 4 minutes, remove lid completely, stir contents, replace lid, microwave 2 more minutes, let sit for 3 minutes" ?

Do you follow complex cooking instructions?
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Old 04-26-19, 02:53 PM
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Yes. But if it doesn't come out perfectly, I throw the microwave out the window, and hope it kills someone when it hits.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Isn't that the instructions for every frozen meal to ever come out since the invention of the microwave? Why is it just annoying you now?
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

I learned on Mythbusters yesterday that it's ok to water your plants with microwaved water (cooled to room temp).

I bet you didn't know that!
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

I follow them but think they need to do better. It should be 2 steps.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger View Post
How convenient is this frozen meal if I have to "open corner to vent, cook 3 or 4 minutes, remove lid completely, stir contents, replace lid, microwave 2 more minutes, let sit for 3 minutes" ?

Do you follow complex cooking instructions?
apparently, your definition of complex differs from mine.
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Old 04-26-19, 04:23 PM
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

I generally follow the instructions but customize as needed.


Originally Posted by Kurt D View Post
Yes. But if it doesn't come out perfectly, I throw the microwave out the window, and hope it kills someone when it hits.


Originally Posted by eXcentris View Post
I learned on Mythbusters yesterday that it's ok to water your plants with microwaved water (cooled to room temp).

I bet you didn't know that!
I recently learned that if you put cut grapes in a microwave you can see plasma! Just be careful not to burn a hole through the top of the microwave.
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Old 04-26-19, 04:33 PM
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Apparently they add extra nonsense steps to these meals because consumers feel more like they are "cooking" if there is more to it than just throwing it in a magic box and pressing buttons.
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Apparently they add extra nonsense steps to these meals because consumers feel more like they are "cooking" if there is more to it than just throwing it in a magic box and pressing buttons.
The stirring is to prevent cold spots, particularly in microwaves that don't have a turntable.

As for nonsense steps, I've read that boxed cake mixes require eggs because consumers liked them better, thinking they were doing more rather than the egg being included in the dehydrated mix (just add water/oil).
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

I follow the instructions closely, and extend times if I'm using a weaker microwave oven.
That said, if I find the instructions inconveniently complex I simply don't buy that product again.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

I have had good results by replacing "remove cover, stir, replace cover" with "shake it real good".
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Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post

As for nonsense steps, I've read that boxed cake mixes require eggs because consumers liked them better, thinking they were doing more rather than the egg being included in the dehydrated mix (just add water/oil).
Damn, I just read an article about this the other day, I forget where, that talked about this theory.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger View Post
I have had good results by replacing "remove cover, stir, replace cover" with "shake it real good".
You, the food, or Nick?
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I recently learned that if you put cut grapes in a microwave you can see plasma! Just be careful not to burn a hole through the top of the microwave.
When I wanna see plasma, I just get high and watch some high res fractals videos on YouTube in my vr headset.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris View Post
When I wanna see plasma, I just get high and watch some high res fractals videos on YouTube in my vr headset.
I love those fractal videos, but in VR? Whoa, that must be trippy!

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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Love the instructions that tell you to remove the plastic film then cook on high for 15 minutes.

Yeah, if you like spending a Ĺ hr. wiping the slop off the inside of your microwave, just go right ahead.

I just poke holes in the film with a fork. Works for me.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

I cook hot cereal in the microwave and sometimes I use it to boil water. That's about it.
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I’ve found that the microwave works better if you remove the door.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger View Post
How convenient is this frozen meal if I have to "open corner to vent, cook 3 or 4 minutes, remove lid completely, stir contents, replace lid, microwave 2 more minutes, let sit for 3 minutes" ?

Do you follow complex cooking instructions?
TV dinners usually come out better if you heat them in a conventional oven.

The complex instructions are there because itís difficult to evenly microwave a frozen meal.

Iíve seen some that are even worse than that. Remove film from main entree. Microwave at 50% power for three minutes fifteen seconds. Peel back film from vegetables and stir. Remove chicken tenders and set aside. Microwave additional two minutes at 100% power. Remove from microwave. Heat chicken tenders for one minute at 100% power, flipping halfway through cooking time. Replace chicken tenders in tray. Let stand for one minute. Enjoy. Refrigerate any unused portions immediately.

Or just stick the fucker in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for thirty-five minutes.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

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Iíve found that the microwave works better if you remove the door.
That way you can stick your head in periodically to get a good look and make sure everything is cooking properly.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Originally Posted by Abob Teff View Post
Iíve found that the microwave works better if you remove the door.
Easier to store VHS tapes that way.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Does anyone else here pre-heat their Microwave before putting the food in? Food comes out better.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Does anyone else here pre-heat their Microwave before putting the food in? Food comes out better.
My oven isn't quite big enough for my microwave.
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Re: Complex Microwaving instructions

Originally Posted by milo bloom View Post
As for nonsense steps, I've read that boxed cake mixes require eggs because consumers liked them better, thinking they were doing more rather than the egg being included in the dehydrated mix (just add water/oil).
I put an extra egg than called for because it makes the cake rise higher and taste richer.
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My oven isn't quite big enough for my microwave.
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