In this project, you'll learn step by step how to modify a microwave oven transformer into a high-current device that can pump out 800 amps of electrical current, which is enough amperage to melt metal. If you liked the Metal Melter you saw in my previous project, here's how y ...more
How to Microwave
Welcome to Microwave Energy—the next part of my Making Electromagnetic Weapons series. For the Electromagnetic Pulse Generator, check out the last three articles (One, Two and Three). I'm sure almost all of you have used a microwave at some point in your lives. As a child, I ...more
Microwave popcorn promises so much—a tasty, relatively healthy snack that's ready in minutes—yet it rarely delivers. Most of the time you'll end up with a scorched bagful or a bunch of stubborn un-popped kernels, but it doesn't have to be that way. With a few simple tricks, it ...more
There are hundreds of delicious ways to enjoy caramel, from chocolate confections to sticky caramel apples and carnival bags of caramel corn. Caramel might be the special sauce that makes every dessert taste better, but it's also surprisingly simple to make. In about 7 minute ...more
The microwave oven is a monumental technological achievement that's saved college students and single people from starvation for decades. Almost 97% of all American households have one, which makes it the most-owned kitchen appliance in US homes right after the refrigerator. ...more
In a previous article, I demonstrated an Arc Welder made using parts from old microwave ovens. Video: . Here is part 1 of 2 on how that arc welding machine was made, and how you could make one too! This is the first of two parts on building it, focusing on the modification of ...more
Chances are that you've been using your microwave just to nuke leftovers, but they can do so much more than heat up last night's dinner—microwaves can help you peel garlic more quickly, get more juice out of lemons, disinfect your kitchen, dry out herbs, give beauty products n ...more
Melt some glass in your kitchen microwave. BUT WHY?!! Why would anyone want to DO such a thing? This video tutorial will show you how to do this crazy science experiment. You'll need a microwave, a beer bottle, and you'll need a electric start (propane would work also) blow t ...more
Baking a cake is usually too much of a nuisance if you just want to eat some cake, but it need not be. Watch this video to learn how you can make an easy personal sized chocolate cake in the microwave in 5 minutes.
Easy as 1, 2, 3. Dorm room cooking reaches new heights with this simple gourmet-esque potato chip recipe. Slice the potatoes (preferably with a good handheld slicer, but you can use a vegetable peeler or knife). Spray the potato slices with non stick spray and lightly sprinkl ...more
Lurking inside your old junk microwave is an abundance of useful parts that can let you melt metal, spot weld, and make electrifying Jacob's ladders. You can even make a powerful AC arc welder, perfect for making hard-to-solve puzzles and even makeshift weapons for the zombie ...more
The microwave has an extraordinary number of uses that goes above and beyond reheating your cold leftovers from last night's dinner. For food-related uses, the microwave can also make your lemons more squeezable for maximum juice output, roast garlic heads, decrystallize harde ...more
This how-to video shows a practical joke that is super easy to do and no one will be able to trace it back to you. Prank someone and ruin their meal by rigging the microwave with a surprise egg. Follow along with this practical joke how-to video to learn how to pull off the ex ...more
Meringues are a French and Swiss dessert made of whipped egg whites and sugar, and they are light, sweet, and crispy confections. To make traditional meringues, you beat egg whites into soft foamy peaks, and then keep whipping as you gradually add sugar until the peaks become ...more
Fish are delicate, flaky, and can be damn tricky to cook; more often than not, you end up with a hard, dry block of flesh that makes your taste buds sad. And the best ways to cook fish that you know of—c'mon, who doesn't love a fried fish—take way too much effort for you to bo ...more
In a previous project, I showed how to build an electrical Jacob's ladder using an old microwave oven transformer (MOT). In this project, I modified the secondary coil on the MOT, which converts it from a high voltage/low current device into a low voltage/high current metal me ...more
When you don't have time to do it the right way, here's a short-cut: poach an egg in the microwave, courtesy of The Kitchn. You Will Need: 1 egg 1/3 cup water Approximately 1/2 teaspoon vinegar (optional) Microwave Microwave-safe mug or small bowl Microwave-safe small plate S ...more
Vacuum seal your food without a vacuum machine. Use a microwave and a ziplock bag to make leftover food last longer. Watch this how to video to learn how simple it is to vacuum seal food.
Most of the time we only use the microwave to reheat or defrost, but you can actually save a lot of time by using it for cooking. These genius recipes make the most of this underused appliance, and also turn out some pretty tasty dishes. First: Is It Safe to Cook in the Micro ...more
For this project, I decided to rip apart a microwave I found in my neighbor's garbage can to see what was inside. With permission, of course! True story! Video: . The saying goes, "one man's trash is another man's treasure", and with all the parts I found in this abandoned app ...more
Last time, I showed how to start putting together an AC arc welder from scavenged microwave parts, focusing on the transformer modifications. Now, I'll show you how to finish up your DIY stick welding machine by fixing up the electrical system and performing the finishing touc ...more
Mochi seems to be everywhere these days: as a topping at your local frozen yogurt shop, in ice cream balls (the green tea ones are heaven), and as colorful treats all over Instagram. It seems like mocha mania is in full force! Traditionally, it takes quite a bit of effort to ...more
Say you're hosting a birthday party and the birthday girl's cake needs to be lit up, but you've just run out of matches. What to do? While you can certainly go to the store and purchase more, doing so would take at least half an hour (an eternity to wait for little kids), it's ...more
A tortilla warmer is a traditional way to keep your tortillas warm at the table. This tutorial shows you a quick and easy way to warm up your tortillas and the warmer in the microwave. Make sure not to microwave the lid!
This video will show you how to change the range light bulb on a Whirlpool microwave. Model MH1160XSB-3 Video: .
There are about fifteen states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, plasma, et cetera. Plasma is commonly found in stars, and is a rare natural phenomenon here on Earth. In this video, I show you how to make artificial plasma in your microwave. You'll need a match, something that d ...more
Many foods that you cook in the microwave create a very strong odor. That odor can last for a period of several hours or days. To remove the odor take a bowl and wet a paper towel and fold it in half and then in half again and put the towel in the bowl. Put the bowl in the mic ...more
If you are always too busy for making breakfast in the mornings, then you might think twice after this how to video. Watch and learn how easy and quick it is to cook an egg in the microwave. All you need is two eggs, chives, and margarine. Mix it all up and cook in the microwa ...more
Need chocolate now!?! Of course you do! That's why you've googled "5 minute mug cake", right?! Make delicious chocolate cake in just 5 minutes with ingredients that you probably have around the house right now! Click the link here to see the step by step project on Instructab ...more
With the TSA's full-body scanners occupying a great deal of airports nationwide, the debate remains as to whether air travelers should continue to be subject to immoral security techniques and possible health risks due to the x-ray scanning devices. The "advanced imaging techn ...more
Barbara Kafka, The Microwave Gourmet, is a rare breed: an award-winning chef who embraces the lowly microwave. This BBQ chicken makes a great appetizer or light meal and there's no barbecue grill required. Make BBQ chicken in your microwave. Click through to watch this video o ...more
Well, Ol' Man Winter is upon us yet again, blasting us with his icy breath. When I was a kid, I loved wintertime because it meant the prospect of sledding, snowball fights & missed school days in which to enjoy both. Now that I'm 45, however, my attitude toward the season has ...more
The creators of this video wanted to make potato chips in a microwave and show people how easy it is to make pretty good microwave snacks at home. First, peel the potato.
Don't you hate when you reheat your food and it is still cold in the middle? Watch this how to video and let the Rookie Cook show you some easy ways to reheat food. Reheat your food and find the perfect temperature.
I was fortunate enough to be visiting one of my college classmates in Columbus, GA last spring and saw two large bags of onions in his kitchen... but not like the ones you get at the grocery store. Two standing 50 lb. bags! "What gives?" I asked. "It's Vidalia onion season!" ...more
Learn how to easily remove the cooking grease out of your microwave stove top oven range filter. This tip will allow you to reuse the filter! Video: .
Maybe you decided to make your own pumpkin pureé because of all the buzz about canned pumpkin actually being squash (which, by the way, is a load of bull: it's made with ugly pumpkins, but pumpkins nonetheless). Or maybe you just wanted to be that person that proudly proclaims ...more
Home alone and craving something sweet to much on? Here is a quick way to make a chocolate cake in five minutes. All you need is: cake flour, sugar, cocoa, oil, milk, egg, and a mug. Watch this how to video to see how to bake it in a microwave.
Some may call this a microwave prank. There won't be much left of the microwave...but what the heck...let's call it science. You need a blow torch to initiate the process of ionic conductivity. Horrible plasma noises will belch from your microwave. Glass will shatter. Wonder ...more
It's no secret that the microwave is a modern-day wonder that, when used correctly, can cook a wide variety of food in a snap. Don't Miss: 10 Tricks to Use for Better Food from Your Microwave Well, I've got another delectable treat to add to that list of food—a snack that is ...more
With the carcinogenic additives in today's microwave popcorn, we at HoopajooLabs.com have developed a method of microwaving popcorn that is healthier, cheaper and (in the opinions of our test tasters) tastier. A delicious and healthy treat for about $0.10 that just about anyon ...more
Stick a lit match in a cork, cover it with glass and set it on styrofoam in the microwave. NO2 is produced immediately, so don't breath it in.
This video will show you how to change the range and overhead air filters on your Whirlpool microwave. MODEL MH1160XSB-3 Video: .
Do you always burn yourself or over-steam your veggies? In this video, get free advice on how to perfectly steam your veggies so they're cooked, but not "too cooked". You will need a plate, a plastic Ziplock sandwich bag, the vegetable of your choice, and a pat of butter.
Pasta is really easy to make but sometimes you just don't have the time to wait for the water to boil, or to clean up the mess. This three part tutorial is here to help! This video series will show you exactly how to cook noodles in the microwave to save time and energy. Part ...more
Ah, bello risotto. There are few comfort foods in the world that provide the same savory creaminess. Yet for all its simplicity, risotto has gotten a bad rap as a difficult dish to cook. In actuality, nothing is further from the truth. Much of risotto's undeserved reputation ...more
If you are looking to replace your old microwave with a new one, or making your first foray into the world of microwave cookery, this video can be your guide to installing you microwave in the wall. The Panasonic NN-SD277WR is used as an example.
When chocolate cravings strike, indulgent fudge makes everything in the world right again. And while plain fudge will do the job just fine, add-ins like walnuts and Oreos elevate this dessert to new levels. Traditional fudge recipes require patience and hands-on cooking via s ...more
Whether you live in the dorms with no access to a kitchen or simply too lazy to cook on a stovetop, you can "cook" up some amazing meals on a microwave that aren't bags of buttered popcorn or frozen burritos. With a little prep work and some seasonings, you can cook salmon, r ...more
If those condoms don't get used by the expiration date, maybe have at least a little bit of fun with them before throwing them a way. Learning how to blow up a condom in the microwave is an easy practical joke or trick to do; just follow along with this prank-pulling video tut ...more
This video will show you how to easily change the light bulb inside of your Whirlpool Microwave. MODEL MH1160XSB-3 Video: .
RobertMe shows viewers how to cook eggs in the microwave. First, you need to crack the eggs and put the yolk in a bowl. Next pour melted butter on a microwave safe plate. The best idea is to use a paper plate and pour your egg in the plate. Now, cover this with another paper p ...more
In this video, learn how to use cake mix, a mug and a microwave to make a delicious and gooey chocolate cake in less than 5 minutes! You Will Need: *4 Tbsp. flour *4 Tbsp. sugar *2 Tbsp. cocoa powder *2 Tbsp chocolate chips *1 egg *3 Tbsp. milk *1 to 3 Tbsp. of oil, depending ...more
This video shows the method to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. Take a winter squash and punch some holes in it with a knife. Put it in the microwave for 20 minutes. After every five minutes, take the squash out and turn it after checking whether it is cooked or not. Yo ...more
Ever wonder what happens when you put a bar of Ivory soap (the soap that floats!) in a microwave for a few minutes? This science experiment shows what happens when water molecules in a bar of Ivory get nuked! Try it!
Spice up your life with this recipe! Watch this how to video and make come caliente chili BBQ chicken wings.
Sure, store bought microwave popcorn is cheap. But according to Hoopajoo Labs, you can get 50 bags of popping corn out of a $0.99 bag of kernels! Watch the video below or click through for the Instructable. You Will Need: 1/4 cup of popping corn 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive ...more
The life of a college kid can be hard. There are times when you will want scrambled eggs, but will not have a stove or other place to cook them. This tutorial video will show you how to make delicious scrambled eggs in the microwave.
This how to video shows you how to make a quick healthy snack in the microwave. It's quick and easy and only requires a yam, plastic wrap and a microwave. Yams contain vitamin A, C, B6, potassium and beta carotene. All you have to do for your yam snack is to cover the yam in p ...more
If you are in the mood for a quick dinner, check out this video. In this tutorial, learn how to eliminate all of that mess and waiting that comes along with using your oven and make a super fluffy baked potato in your microwave! This potato is so easy to make and takes less th ...more