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Why does my food go boom in the microwave?

  1. Nov 20, 2015 #1
    Popcorn aside, whenever I put something in the microwave for only a few seconds longer than I probably should have, it pops. I just watched a rib-bone go flying out of its slab, meat spewing everywhere. Is heat responsible for this action?
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  3. Nov 21, 2015 #2


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    Any thing you cook in a microwave contains water. In fact, that is how a microwave works, heating the water in the food which then cooks the food. The pops you hear are the water vaporizing inside a closed space and "rupturing" it.
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