Despite the stereotypes, not all Latinas know how to cook. Despite being raised in a culture of machismo, where so many of us are expected by family members, friends, even our boyfriends to know how to cook, with so much work to be done, not all of us have had the time or interest in learning how to. This is, despite the disappointment our lack of knowledge on how to cook even the smallest of meals it might cause our mothers and abuelas with their memorized memories and cooking methods to feel.
Twitter’s most recent social media challenge is putting the spotlight on our lack of cooking skills.
With just days to go before Thanksgiving, many of us are probably struggling to figure out how to cook that turkey. The Internet’s latest challenge has Latinx’s and non-Latinxs alike texting their moms to ask: How long do I microwave a turkey? Moms across the country are freaking out and cracking up as their kids seemingly ask a clueless question about cooking.
Responses to the texts have been filled with both astonishment and, fortunately, lessons.
I asked my mom how long I should cook a 25lb turkey in the microwave and she said 73 hours
— Jaycee Rodriguez (@jayceeirod) November 19, 2018
If you have one of those sarcastic mamis, then god bless you. Twitter user Jaycee Rodriguez got a really good dose of humor from her mom, who advised her to microwave her turkey for a whopping 73 hours. If you’ve ever thought about it, then yeah, a 25-pound turkey probably really WOULD take about that length of time in the microwave. So maybe her mom was actually being serious?
Some moms are taking a more direct approach.
So i texted my mom and asked her how long its takes to cook a 25lb Turkey in the microwave and she immediately called me to tell me I’m an idiot
— Patricia 🧸 (@chvzxcix) November 19, 2018
Any Latina knows that mami calling you an idiot is probably not that unusual. They only say it because they love us so much, amirite? But if you are planning to ask your mom a stupid question, don’t be surprised if she calls you out on it. That’s what happened with Twitter user Patricia, whose mami was quick to call her and tell her that she’s an idiot for wanting to microwave a turkey. Sorry, girl, you simply can’t cook a 25-pound turkey in the microwave. Just. not. possible.
Some learned quickly never to ask their mami this question again.
Let me never ask them again “how long it takes to cook a turkey in the microwave” pic.twitter.com/JvmaZGTTZs
— Haley Garza (@HaleyGarza03) November 19, 2018
Another Twitter user, Haley Garza, went so far as to post the text messages that she exchanged with her family about how to cook a turkey in the microwave. As you can imagine, the messages were hysterical and enlightening.
Her mami, of course, warned her about getting sick. Doesn’t everyone’s mom always worry about them getting sick? That’s certainly the case here, though mom admits that she has no idea how to cook a turkey in the microwave and instead tells her daughter to ask someone else.
Sadly, Libby wasn’t much help in telling Haley that the turkey had to be defrosted first. Wait, you kids don’t even know that you can’t start cooking a turkey while it’s still frozen? Uh oh, we’re in trouble. Thankfully, Haley has one more person to turn to: Dad.
Papi offered a bit more helpful advice but telling his daughter that it will take six hours to cook a turkey in the microwave maybe wasn’t the best idea. We’ll just have to pray and hope she doesn’t attempt it.
Some good Latino parents tried to help, of course.
My parents were really about to let me microwave a 25lb turkey 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/K8lO9Oy404
— Ale Salazar (@AleeSalaazaar) November 15, 2018
When Twitter user Ale Salazar texted his family about microwaving a turkey, they really tried to help! Mami started out by asking if the turkey “esta congelado?”
Then dad chimed in with instructions direct from Google.
Thankfully, by that point, the joke was up and Ale came clean…
Thankfully, the adorable mami in this situation laughed it off and reminded him that at least his family supports him.
Sure, mom, thanks for the reminder.
Of course, not every mami is going to get in on the joke fully…. but they probably all will warn you about getting sick.
Told my mom that I wanted to microwave a 25lb turkey 💩💩💩💩💩💩 pic.twitter.com/jOl9LkBRaA
— Daniel Hernandez (@Dhernz11) November 15, 2018
In the end, the challenge is all in good fun and mamis are hopefully enjoying the hilarity, too. You know, after they get over the initial shock and horror of not only their kid asking how to microwave a turkey but also the fact that they’re actually joking. Just maybe don’t be surprised if you’ve done this challenge and then mom doesn’t want to give you seconds at the Thanksgiving table.
Just kidding. Whose mami would actually NOT feed them more and then insist you take home all of the leftovers? Nobody’s, that’s who.