MY EXPERIENCE WITH EXPLODING WATER
Yes, it happened to me on the evening of Thursday, March 13, 2003. I was microwaving 24 oz of water in a 32 oz Pyrex glass measuring cup (wide opening) on a turntable (moving, not still) to make tea although I wasn't stirring it because I didn't know that microwaved water could explode. Maybe the water remained too stable despite the movement of the turntable, a manual wind-up model that I had used it without incident many times before under similar conditions to "boil" water for tea. Anyway, the water went from stillness straight to BLAM! and nearly all the water was blown out of the cup.
God(!) it exploded in the microwave before I opened the door or I would
have been severely burned. It
surely did stun the heck out of me and I
switched immediately to using a kettle on the stove.
I did some research and learned that water typically explodes *after* being removed from the microwave. People were scalded without anything to warn them.
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From that evening in 2003 until February 2005 when a friend saw a TV program that said that inserting a microwave-safe object like a wooden stick or plastic stirrer would make it okay, I heated water solely in my kettle. Even now in 2006, I use the microwave to heat water only for green or white teas which need water below the boiling point. I always have a wooden stick in the cup and zap it for no more than 2 minutes.
May a word to the wise be sufficient.
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