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Scientific Method to Reheat Pizza in Microwave Oven
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I still don't know where my ice trays are, and don't have room in my freezer for them anyway. Much more convenient to just use the oven.

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Irv - sorry, ordered pizza tonight but had a few of the Grandkids over (hurray!) - they completely wiped us out! 

From what everyone says, I'm feeling really bad about getting our hands on a great fridge last year that spits out ice all day long, if we wanted - just haven't had to reheat anything (yet) that needed to stay crisp.

I'm sure the desiccant in my violin case will need to be dried out pretty soon & we'll definitely try it & I will let you know how it goes!

 

- Emily

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As it has already been pointed out, leftover pizza is a rarity in my house too. If however cold pizza exists next morning, I find that it is a particularly enjoying breakfast, along with a cup of coffee. lol.

Very interesting facts though 🙂

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Irv said
T. S. Eliot states, “Words, after speech reach/Into the silence.  Only by the form, the pattern/can word or music reach/The stillness.”   

Zen and the art of pizza reheating.

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Irv -Woohoo Jump EmoticonsSuccess! 

No, I didn't have any pizza to reheat, but the "Ice in the Microwave Dry Heating Method" successfully restored the desiccant for my 2 gunsafe dehumidifiers (use 1 in my violin case)! 

Used a shallow glass dish for the desiccant beads and a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup filled with ice.  Heated in the microwave on full power for 4 minutes - changing out the old ice for new after every minute.  The desiccant beads went from clear to deep blue when they were done.  Repeated this process for the 2nd dehumidifier. 

It was SO nice not having to use the 300°F oven for 3 hours! 

The process was nearly complete after 3 min, but it had been rainy today. 

Luckily we have an ice maker so ice was not an issue.Thank You Smiley Emoticons

- Emily

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@ELCB and others.  I just submitted a paper to NASA per their request for innovations on space toilets (Space Loo).  The ice cube bowl in the microwave oven was part of it.  I will omit further detail to forgo being accused of tmi.

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It is unpleasant to be thought so uncleverly unclean and capable of poisoning a whole city.—Sir Walter Scott

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@Irv !  those items just seem wrong together.  just wrong.  lol  thanks for sparing the tmi. 🙂

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@ELCB .  I doubt ambient humidity had much to do with the microwave cabinet conditions once you hit the start button.  Did the ice cubes experience much melting after one minute of use?  I am glad it worked for you.  Another data point.

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It worked, the grands just tried it - I thought the crust looked a bit limp but they ate it with no complaints (I usually warm it up in the skillet, for a crunchy bottom).....there is an abundance of pizza at my house in the summer, some homemade but mostly left overs from the local pizza place....and a fridge that automatically throws out ice cubes (sometimes when you're not expecting it!).....did 2 slices with the same ice.

The oldest one is still at the microwave trying it out on a grilled cheese and probably will move onto whatever else he can lay his hands on. I can't seem to fill these kids up!

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Hi @Mimi Aysha .  I am interested to know (as is my wife) if it works on toasted cheese sandwiches.  Keep us posted.

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Cheese melted but sandwich didn't crisp up, maybe too much butter on it? went all greasy and floppy - now you've started something...he wants to make it into a science project (he's a geeky one) - he'll be putting all kinds of things in there!...wants to try bacon and eggs in the morning.....will keep you posted

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No clue about bacon and eggs, particularly from scratch.

If he wants to get really inventive, go to YouTube and look up cooking lobster and lobster tails in microwave (method of choice by Julia Childs).

I also found three books on French baking written by a physicist (cookies, cakes and pastries).  You could literally start a business after going through them.  I will look up the names of them for you.

Edit:  The common authors for the three above mentioned books are Bruce Healy and Paul Bugat.  The instructions are very clear and within the vocabulary of a middle school student.  The techniques used for cookies produce results best expressed by “how did they do that.”  The cakes looked great.  In my view, the pastry book was the least impressive of the three (but all you need are a couple of good recipes to make a cook book a winner).  These were very expensively printed books but you can likely get them for less than $10 each used on amazon.  I hope the kids enjoy them.

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Irv - my BH (Better Half) did the experiment with the desiccant.  He said the 2 cups of ice cubes were beyond sweating after 1 min - maybe 1oz of H2O accumulated in the bottom of the glass measuring cup.  

Robot Meter Smiling EmoticonsNew development - experiment maybe "not" successful? 

I had placed 1 of the 2 dehumidifier boxes back in "Mortimer's" case (after being dried in the Microwave w/ice) - 24 hours later, much of the deep blue color was gone.  This morning the beads were basically clear. 

So, tonight I put the 2nd dehumidifier box in "Mortimer's" case while my BH dried the 1st one in the oven the mfr's prescribed way (3hrs/300°). 

I will need a few days to determine if the Microwave/Ice method was inadequate or if my desiccant beads are just too old/recycled too many times.

 

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- Emily

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