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Breaking Down the Microwave: Why It Poorly Heats Your Mac and Cheese

Breaking Down the Microwave: Why It Poorly Heats Your Mac and Cheese

This video shows you exactly how your microwave works

Ever wonder why your Hot Pocket/lunch/bowl of soup never really heats well in a microwave? And why you always have to mix your frozen dinner once or twice in the middle of that 10-minute heat up?

Well, here science explains exactly how a microwave oven works... and how it doesn't. Bill Hammack, of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, takes apart a microwave (on a spinning table!), showing viewers where microwave radiation comes from, how it works, and how it affects the food you put in there.

And while he calls is a "truly remarkable feat of engineering," he does show how wavelength form does affect the even heating of food. Apparently there are all sorts of cold spots that occur, even though the electromagnetic waves changes direction some 2.45 billion times a second. Watch below for more seriously scientific discussion about microwaves.

Jessica Chou is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesschou.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.


Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

This macaroni and cheese in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes. It makes a quick, easy meal for one.

While Fall may be just around the corner, we’ve been experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far in San Diego. As a result, there hasn’t been much cooking or baking happening in the kitchen.

I was making some quick and easy macaroni and cheese in the microwave for another recipe when I decided it was time to update my macaroni and cheese in a mug post. It also gave me an excuse to make a few extra servings (for testing purposes of course).

This is perfect for when you want to make a single serving rather than an entire pot of macaroni and cheese. It comes together so quickly and I didn’t break a sweat making it.

Recipe now updated with video! You can also find all my recipe videos on my youtube page.