The microwave is a great way for me to get my veggies super quick. I love microwaving sweet potatoes or potatoes (stab them with a knife or fork multiple times before microwaving, turn halfway through the time). I see those things on the internet every now and then and it makes me chuckle. Microwaving is apparently actually the most nutritious way to cook Spinach-- not to mention fast and fun to see how much it shrinks!
This old urban legend is circulating on-line again. The claim is that a middle school student had 2 identical plants. She watered one with cool water which was previously boiled on the stove. She watered the other with cool water which was previously microwaved. The plant watered with the microwaved water eventually died. They claim her classmates tried the experiment again and the same thing happened. This story spread like wildfire and people wrote up different versions of it. Some versions claimed microwaving changed the water's DNA (but water doesn't have DNA!) Snopes.com declared the story false, but still it persists (see the link at the bottom if you want to read one mutation of this story.)
So yesterday, just for fun, I decided to do an experiment with broccoli seeds. First I microwaved water to boiling and let it cool to just warm, then used it to soak about a tsp of broccoli seeds for about 4 1/2 hours. I microwaved more water to boiling last night and left it for the morning. In the morning I mic'd it again for about 10 seconds (baby seeds like a warm bath!) and used it to rinse the seeds. The high achievers are already starting to burst through the seedpods. Doesn't look like there'll be any problems here. Looking forward to my delicious sprouts!
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