Cooking spaghetti squash in a microwave oven is a simple chore. Pierce the skin thoroughly, place in a plastic-wrap covered bowl, and microwave on high for a very long time. What could go wrong?
Simple. The piercing could be inadequate-not enough of them or not deep enough to reach through a particularly thick rind. The result is a build-up of steam pressure that will release violently. I had just walked past the microwave Nancy was cooking her squash in when just that happened. The force of the explosion was great enough to shear off the door latch and propel superheated squash fragments five or so feet across the kitchen. Had anyone been in front of the oven it would have been a certain trip to the emergency room.
Dale Austin, February, 2009
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