VIDEO: Finding the Best Spot in Your Microwave to Cook Food There was a time when microwaves were used for cooking-related chores other than heating up leftovers or cold coffee. Parents actually used them to cook dinners or vegetables, bacon and rice, popcorn, really a whole slew of foods that could just as easily be cooked on a conventional stove top. The problem with cooking in a microwave is that the devices heat the water molecules inside the food, and it’s difficult to achieve even cooking. You’ve got to stop the process to rotate food, switch it around, or flip it over or move things on the outside to the inside. Really horrible first world problems. Gosh, you mean “in order to cook a five lbs. steak in under five minutes I have to put a little bit of effort in?” What’s a lazy American to do? How can we be expected to live up to our worldly stereotype if even the mircowave oven requires a bit of effort? To that end, the fine folks at Smarter Every Day visited the National Electronics Museum to get a first-person look at how microwaves work, including a hands-on demonstration with some LED lights that shows just how the microwave beam cooks your food. So now you know! Put your food items on the edge of the carousel and not in the middle! Amazing. A commenter on YouTube even suggested another way to try this experiment at home. The person suggested taking “several long store receipts (thermal paper!) lay them on a flat tray and get them slightly wet across their entire surface. Turn on the microwave oven making sure that the turntable isn’t working. The water will get hot and the thermal paper will turn dark where the microwaves are the strongest. You can do this in three dimensions by putting many layers (20+) on stands so it fills the microwave.” Which, probably means that you shouldn’t do that at home if you value your life. (via howtogeek) HVculture HVCulture is our bin for all things Culture.