The microwaveâs âadd 30 secondsâ button offers an escape from cold digital precision
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The microwave is a cooking tool designed around precision. Punch in how long you need your food to heat up in a microwave, and thatâs what it will do; no more, and no less.
But for all the exactitude that governs the microwave â and that the microwave tries to impose on our food and our cooking â the reality is that things canât be so neatly stuffed into a convenient digital box. Life isnât binary, so many microwaves feature an âadd 30 secondsâ button to give us humans the wiggle room we need within the otherwise unbendable numbers of the countdown clock.
Itâs a button that stands in almost caveman-y opposition to the intended functionality. Instead of calculating the perfect amount of time to reheat or cook your food, it turns out that…