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According To Butterball, You CAN Actually Microwave A Whole Turkey

This Thanksgiving season, there’s been a viral prank going around that encourages folks to text their moms asking how to microwave a 25-pound turkey. While it’s elicited some pretty funny WTF reactions that people have posted online, turns out there actually IS a way to cook the whole bird in the microwave, and it could save you a bit of time.

Butterball went on the record with TODAY Food to explain exactly how it was possible. While they recommend against it for anything over 12 pounds based on health and safety reasons, smaller birds can cook in about 2 hours time using the microwave oven properly. These are the steps they recommended:

  1. Thaw the turkey out first to room temperature, then place breast-side down in a microwave-safe dish or plate.
  2. Microwaving will happen in two stages. The first part will be at full power, for 4 minutes per pound. So, if you have a 10-pound turkey, it will take 40 minutes.
  3. Set your microwave down to half power, remove the drippings from the plate, and turn the turkey back over. Baste the skin, then microwave for 8 minutes per pound. Make sure to baste every 18 minutes, taking the turkey’s temperature in the thigh and the breast each time.
  4. When the turkey thigh reaches an internal temperature of 180-185 degrees F and the breast is at 170-175 degrees F, the turkey is done. Baste once more, then serve.

Based on these instructions, the total cooking time for a 10-pound turkey would be 2 hours, not counting time needed to baste and thaw out the bird. If you were to do it an oven, FoodSafety.gov recommends about 3 hours for a similar turkey (unstuffed), so you’d save a significant amount of time using the microwave.

To make sure that the Butterball hotline wasn’t pulling the wool over our eyes on this one, we reached out to them West Wing-style, noting that we were interested in cooking a turkey in the microwave. This is the response we got:

“Butterball has not tested cooking directions over anything larger than 12 pounds. We recommend following the microwave’s manufacturer’s directions. Just make sure your thigh reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees F and your breast reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F.”

“Microwaving a turkey under 12 lbs is an option but there are many steps. Call or email for complete directions.”

E-mailing a request for complete directions for a 10-pound turkey yielded the following recipe, which is pretty similar to the one Butterball gave to TODAY:

Many microwaves have small interiors and carousels, be sure turkey and tray fit.  Begin by evenly stabilizing turkey, breast down, with microwave-safe item, in microwave-safe dish.

To cook, follow these steps 3 to 4 times:

1) Brush back of turkey with one tablespoon of Browning Sauce*.
2) Microwave at high power for 4 minutes per pound. If no turntable, rotate at 2 minutes.
3) Remove and discard drippings (remove so microwave energy remains on turkey; discard they are partially cooked and therefore unsafe to consume).
4) Turn turkey breast up (protect fingers with paper towels).  Brush breast with one tablespoon of Browning Sauce*.
5) Microwave at medium power for 8 minutes per pound.
6) Remove and discard drippings.

After third interval, check temperatures.  If all parts not up to temperature, microwave for fourth interval and recheck temperatures to ensure breast is at 165 degrees F and thigh is at 180 degrees. F.  Cover cooked turkey with foil and let stand for 15-20 minutes before carving.

* BROWNING SAUCE:  1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup); 1/4 teaspoon paprika; 1/8 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet or Gravy Master

While the 25-pound turkey everyone is pranking their moms with isn’t a real microwave option, know that if you are in a time crunch and have a smaller bird, using the appliance might be a real option to cooking the bird faster.

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Here’s Exactly What Happens If You Microwave Yourself

Would you ever microwave yourself? All things considered, it’s not the most brilliant idea that comes to mind if you want to cool off. Though we’d be liars if we say we hadn’t thought about it before.

So what would actually happen?

YouTube channel Meet Arnold created an animated video to show what would happen if you tried to dry yourself off in a microwave oven. A hypothetical situation is presented where fictional cartoon character Arnold is drenched to his bones. He then wonders if he should just step into the microwave for a quick drying.

Here’s exactly what happens if you microwave yourself:

As you can see from this video, definitely do not try this at home. Modern microwave ovens will cause your skin to heat up and your retinas to burn. Your blood will curdle and cause you to cook from the inside out. Finally, you’ll get a 100 percent body burn and die from shock. Yikes.

Perhaps, we’ll just stick to microwaving food.

In addition, in case you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be swallowed alive, check out this other popular Meet Arnold video.

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These Kids Eat 100 Years Of Instant Food [WATCH]

Instant foods have become a pillar in every day diets. When you’re running behind and can’t find the time to cook a meal, simply throwing something pre-made in the microwave can make all the world of difference for you and your family.

Bon Appetit created a new 100 year video showcasing the rich history behind instant foods dating all the way back to the 1920s. In the video, a panel of kids try a variety of quick and microwavable foods you don’t need to spend much time cooking up.

Notable dishes include popcorn, microwave dinners, astronaut foods, instant pancake mix, Hamburger Helper, and Velveeta cheese. Essentially all the food groups you need for a balanced on-the-go lifestyle.

Man, it really makes us feel old when these kids say they don’t recognize some of the foods they’re trying.

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This All-Chicken Crust Pizza Packs 25 Grams Of Protein, 4 Grams Of Carbs

With so many people tweaking their diets to avoid certain types of food, it’s hard to find something that actually feels good to eat, both before and after.

In fact, in 2016, one out of every two people in the U.S. tried lowering their carb intake. Still, for those working hard to maintain a ketogenic diet, or for diabetics looking to keep their blood sugar levels in check, it’s not always easy to indulge in the not-so-healthy foods we all know and love.

With that said, Real Good Pizza is working to change the game for pizza lovers everywhere. It is the first gluten-free and grain-free pizza made with an all-natural hormone and antibiotic free chicken crust and parmesan cheese. And with 25 grams of protein, and only 4 grams of carbs, this is pizza you can actually feel good about eating.

With Real Good Pizza products in more than 2,000 Kroger stores, whether you’re simply looking to carb down, perfect your keto routine, or are just getting into the habit of healthy eating, Real Good Pizza is hacked to be healthy.

Next time you load up your cart at the grocery store, tear down that mental parameter you’ve built around the frozen pizza section and learn to eat pizza once again.


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JEFF’S TABLE: Savor The Untempered Heat Of The Hot Pocket

They say the perfect steak is cooked to 135 degrees, but the perfect Hot Pocket? Cooked to the surface of the sun. 

No truer words describe the subject of the newest edition of  Foodbeast’s Docu-series Jeff’s Table.

The freezer-to-table insta-meal is a medley of meat, cheese, and sauce in a flakey crust. Combined with the divine fire that only a 1,000-watt appliance can produce.

While there aren’t many constants in life, there are two certainties when consuming a Hot Pocket. The first is you’re going to satiate any hunger pangs you feel by the third bite. The second, you’re going to burn your tongue.

A small price for the unfettered sensations your palate will experience for a fraction of a second.

Take a seat, enjoy our latest episode of Jeff’s Table, and perhaps treat yourself to a nice cold glass of liquid luxury we fondly refer to as chocolate milk.

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Hacker Replaces His Microwave’s Beep With The Windows XP Startup Sound

I know you know the feeling of rushing to your microwave and stopping the countdown with 1 second left, just to avoid the irritating beeping that comes with it, so you’ll appreciate this.

Tim Gremalm is a Swedish hacker who decided to get rid of that pesky microwave beep, and replace it with the Microsoft Windows XP startup sound, which is slightly more pleasing to the ear.

Gremalm went into his microwave, removed the buzzer, installed an “Arduino Nano,” which listened for the signal, then the classic Windows sound popped off, as the beautiful piano melody played throughout the kitchen.

Gremalm seems to have a knack for re-directing wires like a spy, and manually creating things like a fireworks launcher, but we’d argue his microwave work is the most useful.

If he could just get rid of any noise coming from it altogether, it’d be the greatest innovation to the kitchen since the Slap Chop.

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5 Ways To Reheat Cold Pizza

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Cold pizza is one of the greatest pleasures in the history of mankind. Let’s get that straight and out of the way. There’s nothing like rolling out of bed, opening the fridge, and just devouring a couple leftover slices before officially declaring your body awake. It really does set the tone for the rest of your day.

Now, if you’re one who has to enjoy their pizza hot, there are multiple ways to go about reheating your slice.

Let’s get to it.

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Microwave

The quickest, and laziest way to get that pizza piping hot is to throw it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. However, you’re gonna end up with a soggy crust that’s just underwhelming. Only use this as a last, desperate resort.

Toaster Oven

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An upgrade from the microwave, for sure. Throw your pizza slices in the toaster oven and set it  for about ten minutes. Your crust should be crispy and your cheese slightly melted. We actually like to leave it a little longer so our slice is a tad well done, but to each their own.

Grill

If you have the time to spare, fire up the grill on low to medium heat and throw your pizza slices on top. You can either place it directly on, or lay down some aluminum foil. Close the grill and leave it alone for a few minutes. The pizza should be crispy and cheese runny, with a newfound smokiness to your bite.

Iron & Hair Dryer

If you’re on the road and setting up shop in a hotel room that’s devoid of microwaves, there’s still a way to get that crispy slice. You just have to get a little creative. Turn on the hotel’s iron and set your slice crust down so that it touches the surface of the iron.

Then, take your hairdryer and hold it about six inches from your slice. The iron will get the crust crispy while the hairdryer will get the cheese nice and gooey.

Just make sure to clean up after you’re done. Don’t want to iron your clothes for a business meeting and have it smell like pepperoni and anchovies now… or do you?

Skillet

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This is probably the best way to heat a pizza to get it as close to the original texture of how it came out of the pizza oven. First, heat up a non-stick skillet at medium to low heat and set your slice down for two minutes so that the crust gets crispy. Then, on low heat, take two drops of water and add it to the skillet away from your pizza. Cover your skillet and allow the water to create steam, melting the cheese.

This method, unlike the toaster oven, will get your bottom crust crispy while keeping the edges moist.

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Yes, You Can Microwave A Steak, Here’s How To Properly Do It

I feel like I’m just asking for a slap in the face from every notable chef that’s ever lived, but it’s got to be said – you can cook a steak in the microwave.

Granted, this may not be the best or even the most appropriate method for cooking meat, but it is possible, which means there’s hope for those of us who still need our training wheels on when it comes to cooking or just don’t have access to a grill or stove.

Steak is one of those things that one would think to be challenging but is really rather simple. With the right cut, all it needs is salt, pepper and timing.

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So producing a beautiful, tasty steak via the microwave is certainly achievable, but there are a few important things to remember when doing so:

  • Do not use oil. That will most likely leave you with a disgusting, burnt piece of meat.
  • If your microwave does not rotate, remember to turn the steak every so often to cook more evenly.

Cooking on HIGH will cook your steak faster but not necessarily better. Cooking on MEDIUM for a longer amount of time will make sure the meat remains extra juicy.

RECIPE

You’ll need…

  • one sirloin steak (about one-inch thick)
  • salt
  • pepper

 

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  1. Remove the sirloin steak from the fridge and leave it out for an hour or two until it comes to room temperature. This will prevent the steak from drying out too much in the microwave.
  2. Pat the steak down gently with paper towels. Then, season both sides with salt, pepper, or whatever other spices you prefer.
  3. Place the steak in a microwave safe dish for five to seven minutes on HIGH, flipping the steak once halfway through.

Cooking time will vary depending on how thick your steak is and how you like it cooked, but this method will yield a medium­-cooked steak.

WRAP UP

Your finished microwave steak should be slightly reminiscent of one of those “easy A” classes — sure, you didn’t have to think too hard or put in a significant amount of effort to achieve the end result, but nevertheless, that result is still satisfying.

Now I can enjoy my steak, relax, and catch up on Empire.