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Microwave Like one bag of popcorn somewhat OK second bag imediately after does not pop complete gets hot enough to burn what little did pop.

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Re: Microwave

That's probably because there's still steam (humidity) in the cavity after the first bag is popped.

After the first bag pops, try wiping down the walls and ceiling and leaving the door open for a couple of minutes.

You might even blow or fan the air out of the microwave.

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