Many of us just use microwaves for reheating food or your cold coffee for the third time. But did you know that there are many other things you can do with your microwave beyond world of just heating? We have gathered a list of easy food recipes to test out in the kitchen, as well as some things you can do to just make your life easier! After all, the microwave became popular due to its quick cooking nature – to save us time.
Save Time with These Microwave Hacks
- You can dry fresh herbs for storage by microwaving a cup of herbs spread out on a paper towel. Cook for about 3 minutes and the herbs will dry up. Wrap in a paper towel and break up the herbs for easy separation when using in cooking.
- To prevent tears when cutting onions, just cut off the ends and microwave for 30 seconds. You should now be able to chop the rest teardrop free!
- You can remove stamps to reuse or for your collection by wiping water on the stamp and microwaving for about 20 seconds. The stamp should easily peel off.
- Does your bread often go stale before you get to eat it? Never fear – you can soften your bread by wrapping in a damp cloth and microwaving 10 seconds at a time until you get the consistency you prefer.
- We all know that honey gets hard as it sits. Get your honey moving again by microwaving with the lid off for about 1 minute.
- If you cook new recipes often you know that they often require toasted nuts, seeds or spices. The heat draws out flavors not found in untoasted versions. Place in a bowl and cook at full power for 15-20 seconds – or when you start to smell the essence of the food.
- You can cook some foods directly n the microwave by just piercing the skin before you heat. Try it with potatoes, squash and zucchini.
- If your making baked beans and don’t remember to soak the beans overnight – try this trick. Place them in a bowl with a pinch of baking soda and cover with water. Microwave for about 10 minutes stirring a few times. Let sit for about 40 minutes and they should be ready for any recipe.
- Have trouble getting all the juice out of a lemon or lime? Microwave for 15 seconds and the juice becomes easier to squeeze out.
- Hate peeling garlic? Use this tip to get chopping faster. Put a single clove in the microwave for about 20 seconds and the skin will slide right off. The moisture loosens the skin.
- You can poach eggs by pouring boiling water in to a bowl with a dash of vinegar. Crack an egg in to the bowl and lightly puncture the yolk. Cover with plastic wrap and cook for 30 seconds on high. Turn the egg over and cook again for another 20-30 seconds.
- Peeling tomatoes to make a sauce? Put an x in the top with a paring knife and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. The skin should slide right off.
- Does your brown sugar get hard if left too long? This is usually due to moisture getting in the container. Put in a bowl in the microwave and next to it place a damp paper towel. 20 seconds should soften the sugar enough to separate.
- For a soothing hot compress and neck wrap to release tension heat a damp washcloth for about a minute. Test before placing on your body to ensure you don’t get burnt!
- Want to make a cappuccino but don’t have a fancy frothing machine? Fill a lidded jar halfway with milk, and then shake vigorously. Remove the lid, microwave for 30 seconds, and pour the milk into your coffee.
- Want to try a new dessert? Dulce de leche tastes great but can be intimidating for some. Avoid cooking a sealed can of sweetened condensed milk buy pouring into a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave in 2-minute increments, stirring between each one, until it reaches the caramel consistency you require.
- Reheat pizza without making it stale by adding a glass of water when you microwave it.
- Try shucking and cooking corn on the cob. Cut off the root end of the cob and microwave for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on your microwave. Once it’s done, shake the cob gently from the silk end until it shakes loose from the husk. Too cook the corn wrap in damp paper towel for a few minutes.
- You can even cook potato chips! Slice thinly on a mandoline, rinse well, and pat dry thoroughly. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with spices you enjoy and lay out on a flat plate. Microwave for 3 minutes, then flip and microwave for another 3 for a crunchy treat.
- Finally for cleaning after all of your cooking – heat a cup of water with vinegar or dish soap and microwave for a couple of minutes. You can then remove the cup and easily wipe down the mess. You can do the same with damp paper towels that can then be used to wipe off the insides of the appliance.
Additional Tips for the Microwave
- You can kill bacteria on a sponge by soaking the sponge, wringing out excess water, and microwaving for 2 minutes.
- Don’t defrost meat as bacteria can grow at the lower temperatures the microwave cooks at.
- Don’t cover with plastic wrap as chemicals can be released in to your food. Don’t micro broccoli as it loses most of its nutrients.
- Food warms more thoroughly if you place it on the edge of the turntable to heat.
Enjoy your newfound freedom with the time you save from these great cooking tips!