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Old 09-05-2009, 02:32 PM   #11
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Unfortunately, common sense doesn't seem to be common any longer. If it was, we wouldn't see lawsuits about the temperature of fast food take-out coffee being too hot, nor judges issuing significant awards! Personally, when it comes to dealing with the public, I take nothing for granted.
While that is painfully true, my responses have been aimed at answering the OP's question of "Is microwave cooking safe". All the things you have said are right on, but they do not mean that microwave cooking is unsafe.
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:42 PM   #12
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How DOES one cook a microwave, anyway?
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:43 PM   #13
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Carefully and then slice against the grain.
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How DOES one cook a microwave, anyway?

Why, you microwave it, of course, in a really big microwave! Be sure not to use a plastic container.
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:56 PM   #15
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Placing a Styrofoam cup or bowl into a microwave oven is a killer. As you may know already, it releases environmental hormon.
Do you mean because of chlorofluorocarbons? If so then your information is incorrect. It is perfectly safe to use it in microwaves.
I guess I should expound upon that. That is why chlorofluorocarbons were invented in late 20's or early 30's. They were safer to use than what was out there at the time.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:44 PM   #16
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There are two issues concerning normal microwave oven safety:

1. Heating liquids to high temperatures in glass containers can cause an eruption of higher-than-boiling-temperature resulting in the potential for serious burns.
I learned this the hard way in the seventies (I was a teen) we had one that we bought used from a friend the worked for the Extension Service. I boiled one cup of water in a brand new Pyrex measuring cup to see how long it would take. I stopped it just after it started to bubble and when I took it out it erupted and sloshed over my hand. I did not make that mistake again.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:50 PM   #17
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Here is some intriguing argument:

Re-heating breast milk in the microwave, even on low, can destroy some very important disease-fighting capabilities. Microwaves destroy half of the vitamin B-12 in dairy foods and meat in as little as six minutes.

In the 1950s, in Russia, researchers found serious problems with those who ate microwaved foods. These complications included stomach and intestinal cancers, a gradual breakdown of the digestive and excretory systems, and a degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues. This research also showed that heating milk and cereal grains in the microwave turned some of their amino acids into carcinogens. Thawing frozen fruits turned their glucoside into carcinogenic substances.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:52 PM   #18
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Where are you getting all this info?
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:57 PM   #19
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Here is some intriguing argument:

Re-heating breast milk in the microwave, even on low, can destroy some very important disease-fighting capabilities. Microwaves destroy half of the vitamin B-12 in dairy foods and meat in as little as six minutes.
Even if that is true how does that make it unsafe? it doesn't.

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In the 1950s, in Russia, researchers found serious problems with those who ate microwaved foods. These complications included stomach and intestinal cancers, a gradual breakdown of the digestive and excretory systems, and a degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues. This research also showed that heating milk and cereal grains in the microwave turned some of their amino acids into carcinogens. Thawing frozen fruits turned their glucoside into carcinogenic substances.
What is your source?
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It's the prize in their Cracker Jack box.

I think the thing that shot that last theory was that it was done in the 50's.
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