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Old 02-11-2011, 07:45 AM   #1
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Sparks in microwave?!

I sliced up 2 roma tomatoes, put them on a plastic plate, put alittle k.salt, fresh grnd pepper, and a good dose of Tony Chachere's creole seasoning(original). Put the plate in the microwave and I saw sparks, small, but about 4-6 of them.

Tony C's ingred: Salt, red pepper and other spices, garlic, silicon dioxide(to prevent caking).

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I'm not worried, just interested in know'n what caused the sparks.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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Does the plate have any metalic decorations?
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:55 AM   #3
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No, it's just a cheap plastic plate that I've used in the microwave plenty of times.

It was also spark'n on the top of the tomatoes.

The pepper grinder is all plastic, one of those one use deals that you can't refill, made by McCormick(sp?).

K.salt was poured out of the box into an old McCormic spice container of some kind, all plastic.

Tony C's is all plastic.

Cut tomatoes w/a good knife that I didn't sharpen or hone(sp?), serrated blade.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:31 AM   #4
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Hmmm. Interesting. However, I'm more curious about the spice mix's having sand in it.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:37 AM   #5
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Hmmm. Interesting. However, I'm more curious about the spice mix's having sand in it.
A lot of boxed products have sand in them, including most if not all boxed salts.

It is possible that the spice mix has sand with a slightly metallic composition.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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I never thought of the salt. I thought it would be some "...and spices" type of deal.

Chances are your right. Something in the salt.

Well, what ever it was....the tomatoes sure tasted good.
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I'm sure it has to do with that sand as well. I have read in many places about such things taking place and that is usually what it comes down to.
The plastic, even if cheap plastic could still also have metal components in it and it just so happens that they lined up just right to make sparks. I have had that happen with a paper bag before. Tossed it in the microwave once, nothing, did it again later, it sparked something fierce.

However, the small amount caused when this happens, is really nothing to worry about
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Good tomatoes and a free light show. What more could you ask for?
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:20 AM   #9
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ive never put fresh slices tomatos in the microwave...to be honest, i dont think i'd want to....you just wanted them warm, or were trying to cook them?
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Good tomatoes and a free light show. What more could you ask for?

I have a list. How much time you got??
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