Myth (description): Are myth is will a raw egg explode in the microwave with its shell on, or will it just cook? When we were on the myth busters site in the column where suggestion myths are we found one asking if an egg will explode in a microwave or not. We picked it because if a raw egg explodes in your microwave then it could ruin your microwave or even blow some circuits in your electricity, or it will just make a big mess.So, we are trying to figure out some different ways to cook an egg in the microwave with out them exploding, blowing circuits or making a big mess that we have to clean up.


Research:

Levi- I found if it matters what color of egg it is, for if it will blow up or not. I found that it doesn't matter what color the egg is. I also found how the microwave works, it works by sending microwaves or radio waves through the food item and a radio waves frequency is roughly 2,500 megaherts (2.5 gigaherts). Kyle, Seth and me both worked on this one. It one way of cooking an egg in the microwave with out it exploding using the nordic ware. 1. Break one egg open in the egg cooker, make sure yolk is broke or split open. 2. add 1/2 tsp. of water over the egg in each section, the water will steam for a soft protection. 3. Put lid on nordic ware and put in middle of microwave and shut microwave door. 4. Cook eggs for 15 sec., lift up lid and make sure eggs are solid but slightly undone then quickly close the lid to keep the steam inside. 5. If the egg isn't done all the way then you way have to put it in for another 15 seconds. 6. After done cooking let sit on counter or table for 30 seconds. 7. After you are done with number 6 then open lid and slide the egg or eggs on to the plate or whatever you want to use.

Blake- I found out what was in the egg that will make it blow up. I found that the egg sack in side the shell fills up with heat and it builds up pressure until it can't hold any longer and then it blows. I found a way to cook an egg to make it so it won't explode, it is- get an egg and a needle, take the needle and poke it throug the shell and into the egg sack, once in the egg sack twist the needle around the inside edge of the egg shell but don't poke it through and then pull it out,when pulled out the put it in the microwave for atleast 30-45 seconds.

Kyle- I found out how long it takes to cook the egg in the shell for it to blow up or explode, and I found out that it takes anywhere from 35-40 seconds. I also found a better way to describe how or why the egg will explode in the microwave. It said that because the yolk sack is like indestructable and when heat is applied it starts warming up and eventually the yolk sack will expand and when the sack stretches to far it has to much pressure and has no choice but to blow or explode. Levi, Seth and me both worked together on this one, it is cooking an egg in a nordic ware egg cooker. 1. Break one egg open in the egg cooker, make sure yolk is broke or split open. 2. add 1/2 tsp. of water over the egg in each section, the water will steam for a soft protection. 3. Put lid on nordic ware and put in middle of microwave and shut microwave door. 4. Cook eggs for 15 sec., lift up lid and make sure eggs are solid but slightly undone then quickly close the lid to keep the steam inside. 5. If the egg isn't done all the way then you way have to put it in for another 15 seconds. 6. After done cooking let sit on counter or table for 30 seconds. 7. After you are done with number 6 then open lid and slide the egg or eggs on to the plate or whatever you want to use.

Seth- I found out if the egg is eat able after it explodes. I found that it is eatable but it probably wouldn't be the best thing to do because most likely it will be raw still and not cooked and you can get sick from that. I also helped Kyle and Levi research cooking the egg in the nordic ware. Step one, Break one egg open in the egg cooker, make sure yolk is broke or split open. 2. add 1/2 tsp. of water over the egg in each section, the water will steam for a soft protection. 3. Put lid on nordic ware and put in middle of microwave and shut microwave door. 4. Cook eggs for 15 sec., lift up lid and make sure eggs are solid but slightly undone then quickly close the lid to keep the steam inside. 5. If the egg isn't done all the way then you way have to put it in for another 15 seconds. 6. After done cooking let sit on counter or table for 30 seconds. 7. After you are done with number 6 then open lid and slide the egg or eggs on to the plate or whatever you want to use.



Small scale:
Procedure-
Question: Is there a way to cook an egg in the microwave without it exploding?
Hypothesis: If we put an egg in the microwave, then we think it will blow up, becasue the egg sack will expand too much.
Variables:
Independent- The different ways we try to cook an egg.
Dependent- It would be the egg. We would observe if it worked or not.
Constant- The type of egg. When we test both two times, we will keep the procedure the same both times.
Control- That would be the egg an dwhen we observe it when it is done cooking.
Materials Needed: You will need an egg, microwave, a needle, a nordic ware ( the egg cooker ), journal, and your pencil so you can record.
Egg cooker-
1. Get 4 eggs and the egg cooker and the microwave.
2. Fill the egg cooker to the water line and then out the metal piece back in on top, so the eggs can stand up in there.
3. Put the eggs in on top of the metal piece an dthen out the lid on.
4. Put the egg cooker in the microwave for 9-10 min.
5. When it is done take notes an drecord the data.

Needle in egg-
1. Get materials which are a needle and egg.
2. Take the needle and poke it through the shell into the eggs sack, an dstir the needle around in there so there is no air bubbles.
3. Put the egg into the microwave.
4. After the egg has been in the microwave for atleast 30 to 45 seconds take the egg out of the microwave.

Conclusion- Our conclusion for our small scale test is that poking the needle in the egg sack doesn't work. It still will blow up no matter what you do. Using the egg cooker the eggs won't blow up at all and the eggs that are in the cooker are cooked off of the steam in the coker built off of water. The microwave just is basically heating up the water in the cooker and then the staem from the water is cooking the egg.The egg isn't actually in the water itself it is on a metal plate tht sits on top of the water.


Large Scale:

Procedure-
Question: Can we blow up an egg in a microwave?
Hypothesis: If we cook an egg in the microwave for 20 to 25 seconds, then we think it will blow up, because the egg sack will expand to much.
Variables:
Independent: The position of the egg. (Front, back, middle, right, or left on the tray).
Dependent: Seeing if the egg blows up around 20 to 25 seconds like our small scale test.
Constant: The amount of time we cook the egg. The color of the egg/the kind of egg. The microwave we use.
Materials: Eggs, Microwave, Journal , and pencil
Procedure:
  1. Put the egg in the middle of the tray in the microwave.
  2. Set the microwave cooking time to 20- 25 seconds.
  3. See if the egg blows up.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3, two more times. Except you are going to change the position of the egg (front, back, middle, right, or left on the tray).

Conclusion- Our large scale conclusion is that you can't actually cook a regular egg in the microwave. It will blow up and get everywhere. It will make a huge mess. An egg in the microwave basically has to be cooked off of steam or else it won't cook, and it will blow up.

Our myth that we picked was confirmed. It was confirmed because there actually is a way to cook an egg in it but it is not cooked on the heat from the microwave. It is cooked from having water in with the eggs, and all of the heat from the microwave heats up the water and makes steam. The steam is what cooked the egg.