Our microwave stopped rotating its internal plate some time ago, so for well over a year we’ve been heating our dishes by putting them in for a minute or so, taking them out to stir the contents, and then putting them back in. Rinse, repeat. It was a pain, but I refused to buy a new microwave when this one worked fine, if a bit inconveniently. Besides, I remember when all microwaves worked like this. My parents’ machine did, and they’re still using it, because it was built in the days when folks expected appliances to last more than two years. That monster is around 25 years old.
Three days ago I put in some leftover chicken to reheat. It was in a glass container (we never reheat in plastic). After one minute on the medium setting I took it out to stir and put it back in. Forty seconds later, I heard POW and looked in to find my glass container in two pieces, with a few shards stuck in my chicken.
Last night I put in a different glass container to reheat. The exact same thing happened: POW, broken dish, less than one minute of heating.
Apparently our microwave has developed some sort of frighteningly strong hot spot, which can break the molecular bonds of glass in under a minute. Yikes.
I said, “Okay, let’s go microwave shopping before we break every container in our cupboards.” My wife jumped for joy, because she hates the whole take-out-and-stir regime, and the fact that it takes twice as long to heat anything. She’s been waiting for this appliance to die.
We found this at our local store:
I said, “I’m not sure I can trust a brand name like Candy.” My wife said, “It’s a really good name.”
She’s right; it’s a German brand and has a good reputation. This is one of those disconnects that hits me at times: as an American shopper, I knew the good brands and what to look for. As a European shopper, I’m still lost. Candy, really?
Also, there’s no Consumer Reports over here to help me figure out what’s good and what’s overpriced. But I do have Google Translate, which helped me read the consumer reviews on Amazon.de. Lots of folks are happy with this microwave. I also found a German magazine that tested 13 microwaves and gave this one second place. (First place went to a Panasonic that cost more than twice as much.)
So I guess we’re getting a Candy microwave, which still makes me laugh. If I were into cooking sweets, I’d have to make some candy in my Candy just so I could say I did.
But I bet it won’t last 25 years.