Saturday, 24 November 2007

A warning to the foolhardy

If you find that your soft boiled egg is raw, do not, under any circumstance, be tempted to blip it in the microwave. Even if you've tapped the top off it to relieve the pressure, it will still explode with a satisfying whoomph.

8 comments:

The Grocer said...

My trusty assistant in the shop managed to boil eggs in the shop for our picnic hampers during the summer months, maybe it has something to do with the power of the particular microwave, I will enquire and comment further in due course.

jamon said...

900w. Explosion circa 14 seconds, 75% boiled in pan. I guess it was the albumen sealing in at the top?

Is there a scientific term for the study of exploding eggs?

metalkpretty said...

uh oooooo!

The Grocer said...

Found this when researching your question, the answer is no so please feel free to create one.

Microwave ovens should display clear warnings about exploding eggs, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ.

They report a case of a 9 year old girl who sustained a serious eye injury from an exploding microwaved egg.

The girl reheated a previously boiled egg (with an intact shell) using a domestic microwave oven at full power for about 40 seconds. Around 30 seconds later, as she was carrying it to the dining area, the egg exploded with part of it hitting her right eye and face.

She sustained a full thickness corneal perforation and rupture of the lens capsule, reducing her vision to being able to see only hand movements. Three months after treatment, her vision recovered.

In their instruction manuals, manufacturers of microwave ovens warn against heating eggs with an intact shell and recommend multiple piercing before cooking or heating eggs, even those already boiled, write the authors.

In view of the potential seriousness of injury from exploding microwaved eggs, such warnings should be made more obvious, possibly being displayed on the microwave oven itself, they conclude.

You were lucky, could you sue the chicken?

jamon said...

Sheesh, I live life on the edge ;)

No more microwaving eggs for me then, nosiree...

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