Food Science: We asked a physicist: Why can’t we put metal in the microwave?

In Food Science, Dave McCowan from the University Of Chicago’s Department Of Physics answers our confounding questions about the mysterious world of food.

At a young age, we learned the golden rule of America’s favorite convenience appliance: never put metal in the microwave. But why? What would happen? Will it really burn the whole house down like Mom says?

Before we start breaking the rules, let’s look at how a microwave oven—at least one that isn’t filled with forks—cooks....

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