Just so you know, I have never done the 50% microwave thing that I'm aware of. Am I doing something wrong?
If you don't know how to do it, look up the directions on the internet. It's very simple (Hit POWER 5 usually...) it's the only way unless you want rubbery pizza, leathery meat. If you do it on 50% power, it makes a world of difference.
I never use full power for anything except popcorn.
And I'm warning all of you douchebags in advance who want to argue about it that you can kiss my ass.
Well of course you can you ninny, there's all kinds of power settings. But as JP already said, all it does is turn the microwave off intermittently. The turntable still turns and fan runs etc., but the microwave itself is off. So at 50% power the microwave is powered for 30 seconds of every minute of cook time.
I've been meaning to tell you...you're the third person I know of that is going to nursing school as of late. Good for you. That's one job that has such a high demand. My step-sis is an RN and she's awesome. It's a great choice. I wish my daughter would explore that area. She'd be so good at it.