Talk about not paying close attention. I was heating some sausage in our
smallest microwave and unlike some folks I know, I will adjust the power
level to keep something from splattering all over the inside of the
microwave oven. I set the control for 7 minutes at 40% power, or so I
thought. I was concentrating on some Email when I heard an odd noise
from the kitchen. The microwave was full of smoke and the sausage burned
to a crisp. It turns out that I had inadvertently hit an extra zero when
setting the time and it was 70 minutes instead of 7 minutes. Because I
had set the power level to 40%, there was no back draft and flames when
I opened the frigging oven but there was a lot of smoke. I can still
smell Polish Kielbasa throughout the house after 3 days from the time of
blastoff. The lesson I learned was to pay better attention to those
mundane tasks I take on every day. o_O
Heck no! I'm not giving my 11 pound attack/guard dog any burnt food.
Sandy has plenty to eat without being fed garbage by me. She always
wants what I'm eating but I look at her and say, "Hey bitch, I don't eat
your food so eyes off mine!" It doesn't do any good. ^_^
On Monday, April 28, 2014 1:03:43 AM UTC-7, The Daring Dufas wrote:
My wife did that to warm up a biscuit, charcoaled it and left a coat of smoke inside. No cleaner I tried would even touch it. Turntable plate cracked in half. I finally replaced it and free-cycled the smoked up one at the curb. Someone took it.
I have a timer too that I use whenever I cook something in or on our gas
stove. I must do it not so much that my mind is going but because when I
get engrossed in some activity such as reading or searching The Web for
information, I often lose track of time and something has to snap me out
of it. I find that I must exercise much more situational awareness now
that I've gotten older and it can be very frustrating especially when
I'm moving around because I've become quite clumsy which really pisses
me off. o_O
Humor, Irony and Sarcasm I can handle and usually get. However, since you
specifically said "Because I had set the power level to 40%..." your
statement didn't come across as H or I or S, at least not to me.
No HISI fit, just HISI fact.
P.S. I would have at least seen if either of my dogs would have eaten the
crispy sausage, just out of curiosity. I think I know which one would have
turned up his nose and walked away, but I've been surprised before.
Perhaps I should have written, "like in the movie back draft" which had
all sorts of fire special effects? The sausage was carbonized and melted
the plastic of the paper plate holder. If the sausage had been OK like
when I would eat it, I would still have to cut it into small pieces
because Sandy is so little that my thumb is longer than her whole snout
even though she's a Deer Head Chihuahua with a much longer head, legs
and body than an Apple Head Chihuahua. I have to break up doggie treats
before I give them to her and slice up hotdogs into small pieces which I
often use to hide her medications inside to get her to take them. Sandy
is on the same twice a day medication schedule that I'm on so she gets
at least two hotdogs a day. ^_^
I too use the timer when I'm cooking for the same reason - I get busy and I
forget about whatever is I was doing earlier.
In addition, I use the alarm function on my cell phone almost daily. I'll
think of something during the day that I want to take care of when I get
home - things as simple as "Call Dad to say Hi" or as important as "Pay
son's tuition". You'd be surprised how many times that alarm goes off and I
say "Oh Yeah...gotta do that" even though I just set it a few hours ago.
Without the alarm I would have totally forgotten about it.
Sometimes I set the alarm as a means to "force" myself to do something that
I know (and remember) that I have to do, but just keep putting off, like
"Pay son's tuition". I'll tell myself when setting the alarm that as soon
the alarm goes off, stop whatever you're doing and take care of this
immediately." It works...sometimes.
On Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:03:43 -0500, The Daring Dufas
In the days before Microwave Ovens I (attempted) to heat a can of soup
in my regular oven. Turn the oven to 250, put the can in with intent
to take it out in a few minutes. Promptly forgot about the can and
went on about other stuff and 40 minutes later there was a VERY loud
explosion, the door of the oven shot WAY OPEN and then slammed shut
and there was a smell of burnt soup everywhere within a few
seconds...... I repeated this a week later with almost the same
results except I remembered about the soup after only 25 minutes of
cooking. When I opened the oven, with one arm in front of my face, the
can was bulged out like a basketball and I carefully lifted it out and
placed it in the sink to cool off. That was the last of my attempts
to heat soup in the oven.
When I worked as a bench tech at an electronic repair depot, we had
florescent light fixtures hanging over our work benches and the common
practice there was to put cans of food we wanted warmed up, on top of
the fixture in the location of the ballast. Of course we did it in the
morning so the can would be warm at lunchtime. ^_^
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