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Would you microwave these fresh samosas?

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I bought some minced lamb samosas from the Sainsbury's deli yesterday.

I microwaved them for 30 seconds, and they were nommy.

I bought some more from Sainsbury's fresh section (they seem identical to the deli ones from what I can tell) and the packaging doesn't state that they can be eaten hot or cold. It states "Not suitable for microwaving".

Do you think this is only because it would impair the texture (if so, I don't care about that, I'm happy for them to be "soggy"), or because the product is uncooked?

It says to put in the oven for 18 minutes, which is quite a while in my opinion and suggests to me they're uncooked, or perhaps partially cooked.

The deli ones yesterday had brown mince meat inside and not red, so I presume they were at least partially cooked. They tasted fine.

Hmm! Thoughts?

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If it says for 18 minutes in the oven, then I wouldn't microwave them, as something is clearly cooking rather than warming.

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If it says for 18 minutes in the oven, then I wouldn't microwave them, as something is clearly cooking rather than warming.

That was my first thought also, but then again Pukka Pies always tell you to oven cook them for 25 minutes or so, but they can be microwaved just fine (just as chippies do). So that made me unsure.

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I don't think they 'cook' for 18 minutes in an oven, possibly finish cooking a partial cooked samosa?

My Mum cooks hers in a fryer.

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I would say open a bag of crisps if you can't wait 18 minutes for a samosa. :laugh:

EDIT: I wouldn't microwave them, myself.

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EDIT: I wouldn't microwave them, myself.

 

Me either.  He can cook his own food ;)

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I would say open a bag of crisps if you can't wait 18 minutes for a samosa. :laugh:

EDIT: I wouldn't microwave them, myself.

I'm at work, there is no oven.

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I'm at work, there is no oven.

This is one of the biggest dilemmas this forum has ever faced.

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This is one of the biggest dilemmas this forum has ever faced.

I didn't say it was a dilemma, I was just explaining why it wasn't as simple as not being able to wait 18 minutes as Intrinsica inferred.

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I didn't say it was a dilemma, I was just explaining why it wasn't as simple as not being able to wait 18 minutes as Intrinsica inferred.

 

A good tecchie always managed to "find a way"...

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As an Indian, I can assure you that Samosa is always deep fried. Never baked or grilled.

 

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A good tecchie always managed to "find a way"...

I've tried breathing on them a few times, but it didn't really work.

Since microwaves cook food, maybe I should just stick them in for a minute each and be done with it?

As an Indian, I can assure you that Samosa is always fried. Never baked or grilled.

How does that help me in my current situation? :p
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<damn it, Invision>

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I think you are ok with microwaving them, although they are likely to turn out a little soggy and go hard very quickly.

You'd be better off baking them though.

 

If they can be eaten cold then they are cooked, at least enough to be eaten.

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If they can be eaten cold then they are cooked, at least enough to be eaten.

 

Oh yeah, that was sorta obvious! :)

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The Pukka pies I bought a while back says to Microwave them for 3 and a half minutes, but I always brown them off in the oven afterwards!

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I think you are ok with microwaving them, although they are likely to turn out a little soggy and go hard very quickly.

You'd be better off baking them though.

If they can be eaten cold then they are cooked, at least enough to be eaten.

The packaging doesn't mention that they "can be eaten hot or cold".

I created this topic because I try to avoid food poisioning wherever possible :p

The Pukka pies I bought a while back says to Microwave them for 3 and a half minutes, but I always brown them off in the oven afterwards!

The new packaging states something along the lines of "don't microwave - perfection comes to those who wait".

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The new packaging states something along the lines of "don't microwave - perfection comes to those who wait".

Clearly they don't know what's best then!

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The packaging doesn't mention that they "can be eaten hot or cold".

I created this topic because I try to avoid food poisioning wherever possible :p

 

 

My apologies - I misread your earlier statement.  Does the packaging explicitly state that they must be cooked before eating?  Remember British food instructions are written for total idiots.  Unless they explicitly say otherwise, assume you can eat them cold.

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My apologies - I misread your earlier statement.  Does the packaging explicitly state that they must be cooked before eating?  Remember British food instructions are written for total idiots.  Unless they explicitly say otherwise, assume you can eat them cold.

The packaging states "Not suitable for microwaving", "To oven cook (18 minutes):" and does not mention it being 'ready to eat'.

I thought they were minced lamb but they're chicken tikka. I've heated them up - I'm gonna die :rofl:

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I've been warming mine up in a microwave for years. Place that makes them here has no such warnings so I am assuming it's more of a personal warning from that vendor for what ever reason.

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I've been warming mine up in a microwave for years. Place that makes them here has no such warnings so I am assuming it's more of a personal warning from that vendor for what ever reason.

I ate them two hours ago, I feel fine :)

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Over more thing: Samosas are always eaten hot. Hot means hot. Mandatory mouth burning required while eating.

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