July 16, 2012
Helpful Hints from joeeze: Does your burrito lose its flavor in the microwave overnight?
It occurred to me yesterday afternoon — when I opened the microwave to nuke a pizza only to find a semi-petrified burrito I'd microwaved the previous evening and then forgotten about while I was busy doing something close to nothing (but different than the evening before) — that I can't be the only person on the planet to have made such a discovery.
And thus was born in my brain (reasonable facsimile pictured up top) the way to avoid repeating such events: Leave the package/wrapper/can/box of whatever you're microwaving out on the counter so that it acts as a mnemonic flag to alert you that you've put something inside the machine.
A nice variation on Edwin H. Land's legendary, alway-inspiring dictum to "Solve the problem with what's in the room."
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getting carried here
Posted by: sherlock | Jul 18, 2012 1:19:29 AM
you still ate the burrito of course - my micro [amana] has beeper that goes off every minute after the heat cycle is done as a reminder
Posted by: sherlock | Jul 17, 2012 1:49:42 PM
I can't recall the last meal I didn't heat up in the microwave.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Jul 17, 2012 8:16:35 AM
Timers are everywhere in my home/kitchen. However, I use my iPhone clock app for these things.
It wouldn't hurt to put the box/wrapper, salsa, onions, olives, crem, hot sauce (or, at least a plate and fork) on top of the microwave when you zap your dinner.
I use my microwaive to retherm sous vide veggies and to heat stock to add to a sauce or to boil water /reheat coffee/tea. I can't recall the last meal that I heated in the microwave.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 17, 2012 6:29:33 AM
The most pernicious problem like this is when you put beverages in the freezer to chill more quickly and you forget them. An hour or two later you either have a small explosion and a freezer to clean out, or an undrinkable beverage (or the occasional interesting experiment in freeze-concentration).
Always set a timer...
Posted by: Scott | Jul 17, 2012 12:27:48 AM
I found myself weirdly disappointed that you didn't link up to
unrelated as it might be. (My motto: nothing is unrelated)
Posted by: Flautist | Jul 16, 2012 11:48:02 PM
Good tip, but usually my stomach tells me I have forgotten food. You must not have been hungry!
I set the timer on the stove to remind me of little things like "bring in the grill". It is loud, obnoxious and persistent.
Posted by: Greg | Jul 16, 2012 11:20:34 PM
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