supermarket curries ready meals cheapest way to get chicken soft.

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  • Ectophile
    Ectophile Posts: 7,381 Forumite
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    edited 29 November 2023 at 8:23PM
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    When I do microwavable foods, I cook them for less than the recommended times.  If it says 5 minutes, then 4 will be about right.  If the food is boiling, it's done.

    It soulds like you're cooking the food to the point where it's disintegrated into mush.

    I had an old 550W microwave oven for 20 years.  It had no trouble at all cooking food.  Now I have a 1000W one, I usually turn it down to stop it incinerating things.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
  • Alnat1
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    The food in ready meals is already cooked and it only needs reheating for a short time. By microwaving the meal so long, the chicken becomes overcooked and tough. The longer you cook it, the worse it will get.
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    Do we need to introduce Jack to earthquake Luke?
  • jvjack
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    Did the 6mins water in microwave test. Couldnt see it boiling but boiled up the kettle and my finger test said they were about the same temperature.
    My google searches says higher wattage just cooks quicker.  But looking at how microwave heats is not simple. Not like normal heat. Just a bit of an interest to me at the moment i suppose. 
    Read on temerature enthusiacs site  "Microwave wattages range from 500 to as high as 1,200. Anything lower than 700 is not ideal for cooking, as it will struggle to heat food evenly." 
  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    Krakkers i should have said i added water to my last try. Quite a lot. 
  • QrizB
    QrizB Posts: 13,822 Forumite
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    jvjack said:
    Did the 6mins water in microwave test. Couldnt see it boiling but boiled up the kettle and my finger test said they were about the same temperature.
    So it sounds as though your microwave is working as intended.
    Do we need to introduce Jack to earthquake Luke?
    I was reading that thread earlier! My, that's very special.
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  • jvjack
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    Eathquake luke I don't get that  ??
    Ectophile Alnat1 i will try that
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    jvjack said:
    Eathquake luke I don't get that  ??
    Ectophile Alnat1 i will try that
    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6488792/construction-earthquake-proof-in-uk/p1
  • jvjack
    jvjack Posts: 302 Forumite
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    which page should i go to understand ?
  • MultiFuelBurner
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    jvjack said:
    which page should i go to understand ?
    Just read it through all of it then read your post all the way through.
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