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(ABC)   New microwaves count your calories as you're cooking them. Because that's what you need, a microwave that tells you that you're not using it to make health food   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 18
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2014-07-11 11:19:55 PM
"SIX CORNDOGS?! YOU FAT BASTARD!"
 
2014-07-12 12:47:34 AM
I know DAMN well this entire box of taquitos isn't for your "guests"!
 
2014-07-12 01:02:19 AM
FTA: "Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster.
Sorry guys, last time I checked water didn't have any calories.
 
2014-07-12 01:06:53 AM
I have a bad habit of buying fresh veggies, intending to do things with them, and if I don't dawdle until they rot, the fridge goes crazy and freezes them. So frozen veggies are my go-to. If I want to sautee some squash, reach into the freezer, warm the chopped squash in the microwave, pat dry, and into the pan.

My best option is to buy the veggies I plan on cooking just before. Get home, stuff goes in their places, and the place for fresh veggies is the cutting board to the left of the stove. But it's summer, mostly it's raw stuff because damned if I'm going to pump more heat into the apartment.
 
2014-07-12 01:47:16 AM

ArmednHammered: FTA: "Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster.
Sorry guys, last time I checked water didn't have any calories.


do you have any idea what a calorie is or how they are measured?
 
2014-07-12 01:50:26 AM
Well, the way I see it, that below-freezing cold spot the microwave consistently leaves in the center of my food should cancel out any excess calories.
 
2014-07-12 01:50:51 AM

ArmednHammered: FTA: "Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster.
Sorry guys, last time I checked water didn't have any calories.


Also, oil has 120 calories per tbsp.  Pretty much any oil.  Sugar is also pretty homogenous.  Looks to me like they're a long way from a product that adds any real value.
 
2014-07-12 02:04:05 AM

wildcardjack: I have a bad habit of buying fresh veggies, intending to do things with them, and if I don't dawdle until they rot, the fridge goes crazy and freezes them. So frozen veggies are my go-to. If I want to sautee some squash, reach into the freezer, warm the chopped squash in the microwave, pat dry, and into the pan.

My best option is to buy the veggies I plan on cooking just before. Get home, stuff goes in their places, and the place for fresh veggies is the cutting board to the left of the stove. But it's summer, mostly it's raw stuff because damned if I'm going to pump more heat into the apartment.


Unless you are picking the veggies off a plant, frozen is usually better.  The nutrients start to degrade as soon as it is picked.  The time from field to freezer is usually measured in hours, as opposed to days from field to store to your house for "fresh" veggies.
 
2014-07-12 02:05:39 AM
Given the fact that any prepackaged microwave meal has the calorie count right on the package and fast food from any major chain has its nutritional info online the usefulness for the feature is rather limited.
 
2014-07-12 02:09:19 AM
So it doesn't microwave your food, it just basically sniffs it and tells you you're a fatass... Yeah, I'll get right on buying that waste of countertop space...
 
2014-07-12 02:26:08 AM

ArmednHammered: FTA: "Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster.
Sorry guys, last time I checked water didn't have any calories.


The quote makes more sense if you include the full thing and have even a basic understanding of how science works.  FTA:
"Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster. "Now we're trying out real foods."

They put Xg of water in the machine and calibrated it to read 0 Calories (a Calorie is what is used in food.  It is actually a kcal, or 1,000 calories).  Now it reads 0 every time they put water in.
They put Xg of oil (fat that is liquid at room temperature) in the machine and calibrated it to read X*9 Calories (one gram of fat has ~9 Calories).  Now it reads X*9 Calories every time you put Xg of fat in.
They put Xg of sugar (a small carbohydrate) in the machine and calibrated it to read X*4 Calories (one gram of carbohydrate has ~4 Calories).  Now it reads X*4 Calories every time you put carbohydrates in.
"Now we're trying out real foods" means they have checked the machine against a series of known fat/sugar mixtures (literally something like sugar sprinkled over a stick of butter) and are ready to start putting complex things like Hot Pockets in.
 
2014-07-12 02:36:25 AM
Let's see it accurately figure out which fibers are how many calories.

Not to mention bones.

What a worthless addition to a microwave.
 
2014-07-12 02:50:30 AM
Anyone else laugh out loud when the first line from the inventor of a calorie counting machine was "I was trying to find a gift for my wife"?


ArmednHammered: FTA: "Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster.
Sorry guys, last time I checked water didn't have any calories.


Judging by the context of the statement, I assumed they put some water in the machine, and it correctly said 0. They then tried oil, then sugar, and it correctly figured out how much each time.
 
2014-07-12 03:13:56 AM
Just shove some DVM probes into your salad. COMPONENT DENSITY
 
2014-07-12 09:01:14 AM
This tomato is too cold! Put it in the microwave!
 
2014-07-12 11:21:57 AM

That Guy Jeff: Anyone else laugh out loud when the first line from the inventor of a calorie counting machine was "I was trying to find a gift for my wife"?


ArmednHammered: FTA: "Right now we can pretty accurately get calories of water, oil and sugar," said Webster.
Sorry guys, last time I checked water didn't have any calories.

Judging by the context of the statement, I assumed they put some water in the machine, and it correctly said 0. They then tried oil, then sugar, and it correctly figured out how much each time.


Yes. :D

I guess it could be useful but... most of the things your average person would microwave are pre-packaged and have the information on it. It could be useful (if it's accurate) for people re-heating food they made a large batch of and froze most of it I guess.
 
2014-07-12 02:56:26 PM
"Microwave" and "cooking" should never be used in the same sentence.  Vaguely causing part of your food to warm up is the correct term.
 
2014-07-12 03:46:35 PM
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