Sunday, September 07, 2008

Metal in the Microwave: Not Just Fear-Mongering

Here's part of Saturday's chicken dinner in the microwave. See the green metal wire twist-tie? I didn't:


I was heating up the chicken to shred into some mung bean salad I'd had on hand (sauce: soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, siracha sauce, random spices, and *new addition* fish sauce -- picked up a few bottles at the Fresh World).

Somehow, a wire twist-tie made it into the bowl. (I use a glass pot lid to cover dishes -- the twist-tie was probably sitting in it, and got flipped into the bowl. Thus ends the post-mortem.)

I'd set the timer for a few minutes and went into the next room to read. I thought the popping noises were normal cooking sounds, but when I went back in, I smelled something burny. Then I saw the scorch mark.

The chicken still looked fine, but when I picked up the bowl, it splintered.

Anyway, the microwave still works and the chicken was still tasty. And here's the thing about twist-ties: You never need them when you have them.


Anonymous said...

you ate it anyway?! what about shards of bowl?

Joelogon said...

The shards were large and easily accounted for.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmm. Shards of bowl are my favourite!

Anonymous said...

cooking chicken in general is not a safe bet. You should just invest in a mini George Foreman grill or a grill pan for even cooking.

Joelogon said...

Well, I also have a... wait, what?