An ode to the microwave’s most forgiving tool: the “add 30 seconds” button

We’ve all been there: You throw yesterday’s leftovers into the microwave for a spin, you take a bite out of the steaming product, and then you discover it’s still cold at the core. That’s where the microwave’s “add 30 seconds” button comes in. Nothing is quite as forgiving to undercooked food as the humble feature, which provides some much-needed wiggle room for unpredictable results. The Verge calls the undersung feature “a crack in the cold digital armor of the microwave.” We call it an extended wait for our sad desk lunches.

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