If you ever make Kraft EasyMac, you should not walk away while it cooks in the microwave

Kraft EasyMac Meltdown My wife and myself have enjoyed Kraft’s EasyMac for a while now, popping one in the microwave when we wanted some macaroni and cheese but didn’t feel like going through the trouble of cooking some on the stove.  We’ve probably cooked several hundred of these little containers over the last few years and never have we experienced the issue that we experienced tonight.  I’m not writing this to give Kraft a bad name, but simply to make anybody who enjoys this food aware of this very serious potential issue.

We opened this container, filled it to the line with cool water, and placed it in the microwave for 3 minutes and 30 seconds just as we always have.  I watched the countdown of the microwave for about the first 20 seconds so I know for sure beyond any shadow of doubt that the microwave was set appropriately.  With about 60 seconds left to go on the microwave I walked back into the room to get ready to pull it out and mix in the cheese when I noticed that I could not see the EasyMac container within the microwave.  I opened the microwave door and was essentially ‘hit in the face’ by smoke and was shocked to see this melted container.

I do plan on contacting Kraft to make them aware of this, but I suspect they are simply going to say that we didn’t follow the directions.  I suspect they’ll say we didn’t fill it with enough water, filled it with hot water, or simply cooked it in the microwave for too long.  Being that I could easily see any of that, especially the longer cook time, causing this I don’t expect Kraft to simply take my word on it.  This certainly isn’t common or we’d all be aware of it and/or changes would have been made and/or the product would no longer exist.  The other three containers from the same pack did not experience this issue, so I am really unsure as to what went wrong.

The moral of the story is that if you are going to cook Kraft EasyMac in your microwave, don’t simply walk away and assume that you will come back to pasta that is ready to be mixed with the cheese powder.  You should stand where you can safely watch the macaroni cook and ensure that your container doesn’t melt down and essentially burst into flames.  At this point my wife and I are going to assume that all EasyMac containers will melt and, as such, will no longer walk away from the microwave should we decide to cook one of these.

More pictures (click for larger), please note that the microwave was *white* inside before this happened, you can see where it’s still white in the image where the glass plate is removed.  This stain is nearly impossible to get out and even with extensive scrubbing, the finish inside is still yellowish.

Kraft EasyMac Meltdown

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  1. We have had this happen twice to us, and both times was because we forgot to add water. I’m inclined to believe that that’s what has happened with all of you. We’ve never had any issues otherwise, except for when we got in a hurry and/or were distracted. Simple human error here…

  2. Same happened to us. Came home and kids wanted a late snack. First one came out fine the second burned through with thick smoke coming out microwave. As soon as I smelled smoke stopped at 2 minutes. Plastic cup melted and pasta burned. Whole house is filled with toxic smoke. Also triggered an asthma attack.

  3. I can’t believe this has happened to so many people! I was making it today and about 30 seconds in it smelled like burning popcorn, which I assumed was leftover from someone else microwaving popcorn. About a minute in I opened it up to see what was burning and smoke was everywhere! The bowl was warped and the whole thing was black and burning. I’m a teacher and am SO thankful I stayed near the microwave! This is so dangerous

  4. Just happened to me last night. Made it the same way I always do. With a minute left on the timer smoke started pouring out of the back of the microwave. I ended up calling the fire dept as I initially thought it was an electrical issue with the microwave. It still stinks today. Need to buy a new microwave :(.

  5. This same thing happened to my roommate, however he wasn’t cooking Kraft Macaroni. He was cooking instant chow mein from a brand called Nissin. He swears he added water. My guess if this is true then maybe there is trace metal in the products that falls in during packing.

  6. Same thing happened to me last night. Plastic cup melted completely gone and a black pile of Mac was all that was left. I aired the house out for a couple hours until we couldn’t stand it anymore as the house went down to 51°! Today the house still smells really bad. How do you get this smell out of the entire house?!?!

  7. I wish I had a good suggestion on airing things out. Would be better if it just didn’t happen and wasn’t necessary.

    With as many people as have found this post – I wonder how many more this has happened to where they didn’t comment here.

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