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April 8, 2012

Use your microwave as a kitchen timer


Last night I was getting ready to heat up a slice of Christian's pizza (capers, onions, basil, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella, since you asked) I brought home after yesterday's half marathon.

When you tell him you're going to heat it up at home, instead of finishing it in his own oven, he puts it in a box and tells you to preheat your oven to 450°, then put the pizza in for 3.5 minutes.

All well and good but what if you don't have a dedicated kitchen timer?

And what if your GE electric oven dates from 1967 when your house was built, and long ago stopped doing anything but heating up, with all other functions, dials, and settings frozen in time forever?

Though the oven is remarkably accurate — considering its 45 years of service — when tested with an oven thermometer, maybe 5°–10° off.

Sure, you can look at a digital clock or use a digital watch's stopwatch function but then you have to pay attention.

Or you can use a minutes-only timer, a number of which I have scattered around the house.

But that won't give you the 30 seconds.

I invoked Edwin H. Land's invaluable dictum: "Solve the problem with what's in the room."

Lo and behold, there not four feet away from the oven was the solution: the microwave, with its easy-to-set digital dial.

3:30 and Bob's your uncle and man was that pizza good.

Full disclosure: the photo up shows the slice of Christian's pizza (bacon and mushrooms) I had yesterday in the downtown mall restaurant after the half marathon.

It was even better than it looks.

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I have 2 of these

one in the kitchen,

one by the computer.

They have paid for themselves a hundred times over.


Posted by: JoePeach | Apr 9, 2012 9:35:34 AM

I see a mushroom...

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Apr 9, 2012 12:11:05 AM

Just to be clear: use the timer function on your microwave. Absolutely do NOT microwave an empty microwave oven.

Posted by: Bubbub | Apr 8, 2012 11:10:03 PM

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