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Old 02-04-11, 08:36 PM
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Stir?

OK - so I'm nuking some frozen ravioli for dinner. The instructions on the box say to cook for 3 minutes, stir, then cook for 2 more minutes.

Stir? Who am I? Chef Boyardee? If I wanted to cook, I would not have bought frozen ravioli. Sheesh!
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Originally Posted by RunningPirate View Post
OK - so I'm nuking some frozen ravioli for dinner. The instructions on the box say to cook for 3 minutes, stir, then cook for 2 more minutes.

Stir? Who am I? Chef Boyardee? If I wanted to cook, I would not have bought frozen ravioli. Sheesh!
You know - back in the days, like the 60s and 70s I think when Betty Crocker was just getting started with their prefabbed cakes, they were trying to figure out why women wouldn't buy them. I mean women were now taking to the work force and acquiring more hobbies than just cooking so time was becoming more and more precious to them.

Some marketing/advertising genius figured out that women thought they were cheating. He told Betty Crocker to instead provide instructions requiring them to add eggs. That simple step made them feel like they were not cheating.

So you should have a sense of accomplishment with your "required" step of stirring.
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Old 02-04-11, 09:22 PM
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So you should have a sense of accomplishment with your "required" step of stirring.
So that explains that sense of well-being and inner peace I get every time...interesting...very interesting. Of course, now I just feel like I'm being manipulated by the folks at Lean Cuisine...which makes me feel a bit cheap...welp, so much for that peace and well being!
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Mmmm food type product.
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Microwaves do not heat food evenly; the inside cooks faster than the outside. Stirring the food halfway through will ensure it is evenly heated.



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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
Microwaves do not heat food evenly; the inside cooks faster than the outside. Stirring the food halfway through will ensure it is evenly heated.



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Old 02-04-11, 10:13 PM
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I am a foodie as well as an engineer. Overcooked microwave food is not very tasty.
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Old 02-05-11, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
I am a foodie as well as an engineer. Overcooked microwave food is not very tasty.
Indeed. Undercooked is worse....
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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
Microwaves do not heat food evenly; the inside cooks faster than the outside.
Are you sure about this? Someone told me this a long time ago and I have checked my food and this does not seem to be the case. I think the outside heats faster, and that is why one must stir their food.
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Are you sure about this? Someone told me this a long time ago and I have checked my food and this does not seem to be the case. I think the outside heats faster, and that is why one must stir their food.
Cute furry fuzzy bunnies allways cook from the inside out in a microwave. Particularly if they have a pancake as a hat.
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Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
Are you sure about this? Someone told me this a long time ago and I have checked my food and this does not seem to be the case. I think the outside heats faster, and that is why one must stir their food.
Believe it depends upon the thingie. It's constitution, the temperature, how wide/thick/tall it is.
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Old 02-05-11, 10:12 PM
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You know - back in the days, like the 60s and 70s I think when Betty Crocker was just getting started with their prefabbed cakes, they were trying to figure out why women wouldn't buy them. I mean women were now taking to the work force and acquiring more hobbies than just cooking so time was becoming more and more precious to them.

Some marketing/advertising genius figured out that women thought they were cheating. He told Betty Crocker to instead provide instructions requiring them to add eggs. That simple step made them feel like they were not cheating.

So you should have a sense of accomplishment with your "required" step of stirring.
dayum it is good to have you back. just sayin
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If you're feeling really adventurous you should make some of these to go with your ravioli

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/p...ipe/index.html



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Old 02-05-11, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Camel View Post
Cute furry fuzzy bunnies allways cook from the inside out in a microwave. Particularly if they have a pancake as a hat.
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Just like a cat,their internal organs tend to explode upon cooking in a microwave oven.
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Old 02-05-11, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by TexasGuy View Post
Believe it depends upon the thingie. It's constitution, the temperature, how wide/thick/tall it is.
This is true. Microwaves heat water molecules. Heating depends on the consistency of the food.
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I'm confused why you're nuking them anyway, aren't you supposed to boil frozen ravioli? hint, they're done when they all float.
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Perhaps, normally, but these are Lean Cuisine ravioli.

B'sides - if I can't be bothered the stir, I suresthehell can't deal with boiling water
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My chicken pot pies required cooking for 7 minutes at 50% power, then 7 minutes at full power. My wife isn't technical enough to set the microwave for less than full power. She would have cussed them for making it so complicated.
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I can program PLC controllers but I find programming microwave's power levels to be annoying. And every microwave is different.
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I can program PLC controllers but I find programming microwave's power levels to be annoying. And every microwave is different.
My SO works for GE Appliance Service and I still have trouble figuring it out
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My "cup" of "noodles" soup (no brand implied) requires a seperate container to boil a few ounces of water in the microwave, to be added to a specified level in the cup. Then stirred.

They think I'm freakin' Emeril.
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