Millennial prank redux: Apparently you actually *can* microwave a turkey

But our readers’ parents would probably disagree.

A Billy Penn reporter's mom took the question in stride

A Billy Penn reporter's mom took the question in stride

Background turkey: Kristie Moser / Flickr Creative Commons
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When we asked folks to participate in the infamous microwave turkey prank, we thought it was just that: a prank. You were supposed to text your loved ones and ask them how long to microwave a 25-lb. turkey as a joke, with the goal of finding out how mad the idea would make them.

But as it turns out, the phenomenon is kinda legit. You actually can cook a turkey in the microwave.

So how long does it take? 10 minutes per pound at 70 percent power, according to a General Electric recipe. That means 250 minutes for a 25-pound bird — or just more than four hours.

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On the Today show, Buterball reps provided similar guidelines, though they recommended you stick with a smaller turkey if you’re going for microwave cooking. Try a nine-pounder to be safe.

Of course, in sharing these guidelines, we can offer you no certainty that the micro-turkey will taste good.

Meanwhile, in the past few days readers have been sending us screenshots of their microwave turkey pranks. Continue reading if you’ll delight in the boomer trickery:

“You think it will still taste good?” “No”

He’s not buying it

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Thomas Dixon

Natural first thought = alcohol is involved

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Lauren Landers

“I have never and would never do that”

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Matthew McCann

Warning: don’t try the prank if you don’t even have a microwave.

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