Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Microwave, that is.

I assume that there is an ideal cooking time for any particular dish one might put in the microwave. Furthermore, there is no reason to suppose that these ideal cooking times tend to fall particularly often on multiples of 60 seconds.

But microwaves typically have a shortcut that allows you to choose some integral number of minutes for heating your food. 59 times out of 60 (if we round ideal cooking times to the nearest second) choosing this shortcut will be sub optimal.

1 comment:

  1. So mine is twice as good/half as bad. I have an "add 30 seconds" button.



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