and Answers (continued)
What is wrong when baked foods have a
A hard, dry, brown spot indicates overcooking. Shorten the cooking
hard, dry, brown spot?
or reheating time.
Why de eggs sometimes pop?
When baking, frying, or poaching eggs, the yolk may pop due to
steam build-up inside the yolk membrane. To prevent this,
s)mp]y pierce the yolk with a wooden toothpick before cooking.
CAUTION: Never microwave eggs in the shell.
Why ere scrambled eggs sometimes a
little dry after cooking?
Is it possible to pop popcorn in a
Eggs will dry out when they are overcooked, even ff the same
recipe is used each time. The cooking time may need to be varied
for one of these reasons:
• Eggs vary in size.
• Eggs are at room temperature one time and at refrigerator
temperature another time.
• Eggs continue cooking during standing time.
Yes, ff using one of the two methods described below:
devices designed specifically for m)crowave
(2) prepackaged commercial microwave popcorn that is made
for specific times and power output needed
Follow exact directions given by each manufacturer
its popcorn popping product and do not leave the oven
unattended while the corn is being popped, If corn fails
to pop after the suggested time, discontinue cooking,
Overcooking could result in an oven fire.
• Never use a brown paper bag for popping corn or attempt to
pop leftover kernels.
* Do not pop prepackaged
commercial microwave popcorn
directly on the glass turntable. To avoid excessive heating of
the glass turntable, place the popcorn bag on a plate.
Why do baked apples sometimes burst
The peel has not been removed from the top half of each apple to
allow for expansion of the interior of the apple during cooking. As in
conventional cooking methods, the interior of the apple expands
during the cooking process,
Why do baked potatoes sometimes
If the cooking time is too long, fire could result. At the end of the
burn during cooking?
cooking time, potatoes should be slightly firm.
CAUTION: Do not overcook.
t Why is a standing time recommended
Standing time allows foods to continue cooking evenly for a few
after microwave cooking time is over?
minutes after the actual microwave oven cooking cycle. The
amount of standing time depends upon the densffy of the foods.
Why is additional time required for
As in conventional cooking, the initial temperature of food affects
cooking food stored in the refrigerator?
total cooking time. You need more time to cook food taken out of a
refrigerator than for food at room temperature.