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There are so many incredible ways that we can use a microwave to be able to get many things done! I can’t promise that this post about 10 ways to use the microwave will surprise you, but I will make sure that you get the most out of that little oven than just reheating leftovers.
Read on to find out exactly how to get the most out of your microwave as possible.
Who Knew a Microwave Can Do So Much?
A microwave is usually a one-off purchase we buy as a quick fix to heat up our leftovers the next day or when we are in a rush, but it’s interesting just how useful a microwave really is and the different ways we can use it.
Ask anyone what a microwave is used for and i’m sure the first thing they will say is for reheating and it’s one of the only things we think about when going to buy one.
Microwaves can be used for cooking a wide range of quick and easy meals in just a few minutes! In no time at all, you can whip up your favorite mini meals as well as desserts for sweet tooth.
Saving You Time When You Need It Most
Before we get into the really juicy ways in which you can use your microwave, let’s talk about time. They say time flies when we’re having fun, but time really flies when you’re in a rush and have a to do list as long as your arm!
Saving you those sacred minutes, a microwave comes in handy!
Picture this… You’ve been home all morning rushing off your feet, have so many things to do in preparation for tomorrow, a load of housework, and you need to think about a meal to feed the kids? Your microwave can whip up wholesome meals in no time at all!
Defrost, Reheat, and Cook All In One
10 Ways To Use The Microwave
1- The famous reheating food technique
The easiest way to use a microwave, and well, the number one use of a microwave, is to reheat food. Any leftovers you have from the night before that you need to warm up, just pop the plate in the microwave and watch the magic happen. Best of all, it maintains all the nutrients, and you don’t get soggy food.
2- Cooking meals and making desserts
You might not have considered this, but you can actually make the perfect poached eggs in your microwave. Or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try cooking fish, potatoes, or meat.
3- Peel your garlic the easy way
Peeling garlic has always been one of the most time consuming tasks in the kitchen, but with this microwave hack, you can peel as many cloves in a matter of seconds. Check out the full steps here with top tips and tricks.
4- Cake in a cup dessert
You can make a quick and easy single serve cake not only in the microwave, but in a mug to give you a single serve caramel mug cake. Check it out here in my Microwave Chocolate Caramel Mug Cake Recipe.
Pop, Pop, And Pop Away
5- Don’t let onions get the better of you!
By simply placing your onion in a microwave for 30 seconds before you start cubing completely removes its sting so you wont get teary eyed the next time you’re chopping onions.
6- A juicy lemon squeeze
To make the absolute most of your lemon, and squeeze every last drop out of it, ready for a refreshing salad, put the lemon in a microwave for one whole minute, making it extra juicy.
7- Disinfect your cutting boards and sponges
Sponges are by far one of the most discarded and replaced kitchen items, but why? Put the dirty sponge in a bowl of water, add a dash of vinegar or some lemon juice you squeezed earlier, and pop it in the microwave at full power for a minute. You’ll get a clean and shiny sponge, thoroughly disinfected.
Same goes for your chopping boards, wash it well, scrub with a lemon slice and microwave for a minute. You’ll get your chopping board back, good as new and disinfected.
So Many Features To Try
8- Steaming your vegetables
Cook your vegetables in your microwave as easily as possible. It not only saves time and cooks in 4 minutes, but steaming vegetables in the microwave also minimizes nutrient loss.
9- Proofing Yeast
Instead of waiting an hour, you can proof a dough in the microwave in as quick as 15 minutes. The trick here is to divide the 15 minutes into smaller chunks to double the bulk of your dough, heat it for 3 minutes, then let it rest for 3 more minutes. Then, heat again for 3 minutes and let it rest for 6.
10- Give bread its umpth back
To rehydrate your stale bread and give it life again, simply cover the loaf with a clean, water-soaked kitchen towl and put it in the microwave for a good 10 seconds or as long as it needs to properly hydrate the bread.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please be careful with what containers, life or wraps are used in the microwave. They should all be marked as microwave-safe.
Microwaves save you both time and money. They save money on fuel because they use less energy than ovens and stoves.
All microwaves pretty much carry out the same jobs, but a digital microwave will allow for a more precise cooking programme with more settings on some of them.
When you cook foods in a microwave, they tend to retain more of the nutrients because they are cooked well in a shorter time.
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