Since the old Sharp Carousel lasted 12 years, we got another one, this one model R-331ZS. It is quite snazzy, with One Touch Cook and Auto Touch Cook and a higher wattage than the old one.
Amazingly, I managed to make popcorn in it with the One Touch Cook control. Pushed the little picture of popcorn and, in about half the time as the old one, we had excellent popcorn. And we eat a LOT of popcorn.
However. You knew there was going to be a However, didn't you?
The Auto Cook had me buffaloed. Naturally, I didn't read the instructions. I mean, I know how microwaves work, right? And, when an instruction manual has a full-page Installation Guide with an illustration of plugging the plug into the plug place....
Okay, so the Auto Cook button has a list printed next to it, right?
- baked potato
- fresh vegetable
- frozen vegetable
|Where I come from, pardner, "potato" is singular.|
ANYWAY, I put the potato into the microwave, pushed the Auto Cook button three times, pushed Start, and went about my business cutting up apples and celery for apple salad.
Suddenly, Charlie shouted and ran into the kitchen. I turned around, and white smoke was roiling (the perfect word for smoke) out of the microwave and up to the ceiling.
I opened the microwave door which, of course, stopped the power, and much, much more smoke joined us in the kitchen. Well, in all the house, really, because smoke is just all kindsa like that.
We opened all the doors and windows and turned on all the fans, and the house still smells like scorched scorchiness. When the remains had cooled, I removed the fossil and threw it into the yard, where Joe can use it as a chew toy.
The microwave seems to be unharmed and unmarked, inside and out.
I just read the manual, and it says the Auto Cook setting for baked potato is for "3 units of baked potato".
"3 units"? Is that, like, three POUNDS of baked potato? Three TRUCKLOADS? Three BARGES? It wasn't one, anyway, that's for darn sure.
Well, we live and learn, don't we? Oh, the pizza setting? The one with one slice of pizza drawn on it? It's for a whole, entire, large, 14" pizza. That's just mean.
So remember, children, when you get a new toy, always RTFM. That stands for Read the Fine Manual, of course. The Fine one. Yeah.
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