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Toaster Master 1979 has less power

My microwave still heats but it takes longer to cook foods and it will burn in one spot on the food item. I realized there was a real problem when we try to cook popcorn. The popcorn does not hardly pop and it actually burns the bag.
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Because the microwave energy is beamed into the interior of the microwave and then dispersed by a metallic "stirrer," the pattern of the energy can be fairly consistent, rather than completely random. But this pattern sometimes causes certain portions of the food to overcook (creating tough spots) and others to undercook. A microwave oven with a carousel is far better at cooking the food consistently--the pattern becomes quite random while the carousel is turning.

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