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microwaveable??

Post by Macaroni » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:49 pm

Has anyone tried to heat a main dish or side in a microwave?
:?: :?:
I think there is some tin mixed in the wrapper,of the mains and sides.
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Re: microwaveable??

Post by MR.EMAN » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:54 pm

Macaroni wrote:Has anyone tried to heat a main dish or side in a microwave?
:?: :?:
I prefer to boil in bag, but I have nuked them on occasion when pressed for time. Perfectly ok to do so, just remove from pouch first :lol:

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Re: microwaveable??

Post by MCIera » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:01 pm

With the military MREs and many of the commercially packaged retort products, there is a foil layer in the laminate packaging. As such, it is not feasible to heat it in a microwave unless you empty the contents into a microwave-safe dish. Given the fat and acid content in some of the entrees, you should also exercise care if you are using a plastic dish. With commercially packaged retort items, read the package instructions, many are now using pouches that do not have a foil layer in the laminate so that you can indeed heat the package in a microwave without damage to the appliance.
Macaroni wrote:Has anyone tried to heat a main dish or side in a microwave?
:?: :?:
I think there is some tin mixed in the wrapper,of the mains and sides.

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Re: microwaveable??

Post by DangerousDave » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:26 pm

Yes. Just make sure to wrap the unopened retort pouch(DO NOT VENT) in aluminum, or tin foil, and microwave on high, for at least 20 minutes. Also, place a stainless steel spoon, or fork, beside the pouch, while microwaving, as that will heat the utensil. :twisted:
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Re: microwaveable??

Post by Macaroni » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:33 pm

DangerousDave wrote:Yes. Just make sure to wrap the unopened retort pouch(DO NOT VENT) in aluminum, or tin foil, and microwave on high, for at least 20 minutes. Also, place a stainless steel spoon, or fork, beside the pouch, while microwaving, as that will heat the utensil. :twisted:

Thanks Dave sounds a little Dangerous :twisted: :twisted: Buddie

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Re: microwaveable??

Post by DIRTYDAVE » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:58 am

I eat mine only by microwave. Those heaters are too damn smelly and take too long to heat up the entree/sides for me. I empty the contents onto a plate and then nuke for about 30-60 seconds.
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Re: microwaveable??

Post by Republic_Commando » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:28 pm

I boiled my side entree (still sealed) in boiling water for about 5 minutes and it was fine. Probably should have went 6 minutes though.
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Re: microwaveable??

Post by Big_jo » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:40 pm

Does microwaving spoil the taste at all? I was thinking that might take some of the moisture out the food?

A plus is you can keep the frh and store it for a rainy day.

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Re: microwaveable??

Post by housil » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:33 pm

Big_jo wrote:Does microwaving spoil the taste at all? I was thinking that might take some of the moisture out the food?
Depends how long and hot you nuke it.

First of all, put a cover on it!
Do not nuke until the sauce is "burned" into the plate.
Add a little bit water and stir BEFORE microwaving

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