The Random Writings of Rachel: Sometimes Stuff Explodes in Microwaves

Sometimes Stuff Explodes in Microwaves

 Just riding the bus home from work!

Occasionally, I don't make meals. Because of this, Angel made himself hot dogs the other day. He didn't want to wash a pan, so he heated them up in the microwave. When I walked into the room and saw him putting together his hot dogs, I noticed that they were all exploded (if you've ever microwaved a hot dog, you probably know what I mean). I said, "Oh, honey, you know if you stick a bunch of holes in the hot dog with a fork or slice them open with a knife, they won't explode like that."

"Really?" he said, "Is that what I should do if I want to microwave a boiled egg? One time, at work, at the hospital, I microwaved an egg for lunch and right when I opened the door it exploded all over me. My coworkers couldn't stop laughing. I never saw them laugh that much before that day. There wasn't even any part of the egg that could be saved for my lunch, it was destroyed!"

By this point, I was also laughing uncontrollably picturing this scene at work, which story I'd never heard before.

"Didn't you know you have to cut up a boiled egg before you microwave it?" I asked.

"NO!" he said, "How am I supposed to know that if no one tells me?"

"...For the record, if you're ever baking potatoes, punch holes in the skin with a fork, just to be safe."

My husband can cook, but he seems to have missed out on the "how to avoid exploding food while heating it up" lessons. Microwaves are especially dangerous in my experience. Did you know that if you put a mini lemon poppyseed muffin in a microwave and proceed to use said microwave as a timer while doing your math homework, setting it to microwave your mini-muffin for 5 or 6 minutes, your muffin will disintegrate and the house will fill with smoke when you open the door of the microwave? Then you'll have to call your dad and let him know about the microwave/smoke problem and he'll have to leave work to come check it out. Oh, you've never had that happen? Now you know.

Have you ever exploded anything, in the microwave or oven? Tell me about your microwave mishaps!

19 comments:

  1. I have had a potato explode in the oven, even though I had poked plenty of holes in it.

    I tend to have things spill over in my oven. This results in two things: a huge mess, and a terrified almost-four-year-old (she's afraid of the smoke detector).

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  2. haha, this is really funny! guys and microwaves don't mix. don't your husband asks you all the time 'which time is the most appropriate?' like we know everything about the kitchen just because we're women? lol idk, haha but luckily you guys are okay!

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  3. I always get my soup to boil over and go everywhere.

    I can imagine that egg was such a mess to clean up!

    That muffin disaster sounds like it could have burnt down the house.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. I've done the egg thing too :) But the hardest to clean was my oatmeal that went everywhere Somehow it even got on the roof of the dang thing.

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  5. haha I'm the queen of exploding things in the microwave. I've exploded foil wrapped burgers, baked potatoes without holes, every can of soup I've ever eaten. You're in good company. :)

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  6. My spaghetti sauce always seems to explode when I reheat things for my husband. I, of course, just eat things cold because microwaves scare me. hehee.

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  7. haaaa! this hilarious. my husband is terrible at guessing how long things go into the microwave for, like baaad. thankfully we've never had mini muffins disappear but he's sure burned the crap and exploded many-a-things.

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  8. I am SO not a cook! While I can read a recipe and make a meal pretty decently, I have learned that it's a pretty big no-no for me to go off script. I was that kid my freshman year of college who decided to microwave some hot chocolate in my room--in a a metal coffee travel mug. There were flames, there was screaming, and my building (all 600 of us!) were evacuated so the fire department could go in and extract my flaming coffee cup full of cocoa. SO. EMBARRASSING.

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  9. Haha these are great pro tips lol
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  10. Haha. This is great! Although, as I was reading it, I was imagining that he put a whole UNBOILED egg in the microwave to try to boil it and thought he should poke holes in the shell or something... I need more sleep.

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  11. What a hilarious anecdote on microwaves!

    I'm so afraid of the microwave that I'm always very careful with my food. Even those plastic containers that state they are microwaveable, I would pour the contents out just to be safe.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  12. haha...oh no! I often just get lazy with covering my food and think I'll catch it before it splatters.

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  13. Ugh...I've totally been there with the exploding hot dog...how have I never heard you had to poke holes first???

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  14. I knew the hot dog trick... But not a potato or egg!

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  15. I did not know the hot dog trick btw and have totally exploded hot dogs haha

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  16. I have to be honest, I didn't know that's why you put holes in a potato. I always thought it was to cook the inside. For some reason, when I heat up my chai tea in a plastic cup (I know that's bad!) it explodes but never does in a glass cup.

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  17. Haha! I didn't realize the egg would explode like that either! It makes sense though. I wonder if Cass knows about putting holes in certain things before microwaving them. I'm going to trick him into warming things up to see what happens.

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  18. Hahaha, microwaves are one of the many kitchen things that scare me! :D I'm not very good with stuff that work with electricity :D I'm pretty sure I dodged death on many occasions. So, totally understand your hubby :D
    Man, I have so much catching up to do with you blog, moving out sucks, I didn't have time for anything! Hope I have time to look through your posts, cause I love every one of them ^_^

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  19. haha omg ok so when I was younger there were these mrs fileds cookies that came in a bag but were individually wrapped. Well one of the ways it was advertised was like ooh you can microwave it and heat it up for a warm cookie and I was like heck yeah. Well I didn't know that they were individually wrapped with tin foil. I just wasn't paying attention and the wrapping was like red so my mind didn't immediately go to aluminum. So when I microwaved them they made like a spark and the packaging then shrunk to basically cling wrap the cookie. My silly self was like oh that's so cool! Thinking it was supposed to do that. When my mom saw me doing it she was like STOP! what are you doing?! hahah whoops. I'm lucky I didn't start a fire!

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