Microwave Uses Surprise Even Me
I think I was one of the first people to have a microwave oven. I remember it was in the late 70s; a local restaurant was going out of business and we got it for a song used. The machine was huge, filling half my counter, but it was strong. Within a week, we couldn’t live without it. It was amazing what that machine could do.
At the time, we only used it for reheating and it really changed our lives. Nowadays, our microwave is much smaller than those built in the formative years. Our microwave is neat and sleek and is built into the kitchen cabinet and is compact. The latest trend in microwaves is one in a drawer that slides out, so you bend instead of reach up. When designing my current kitchen we toyed with the idea of the microwave in a drawer but decided against it.
It doesn’t take a PhD to know you can put an inch of water in the bottom of a bowl, place fresh veggies on top, cover with clear plastic wrap and microwave for quick steamed veggies. Our main use for the microwave is still reheating but I have since learned of some amazing ways to use my microwave. So these tips are ones I have acquired over time. Of course, time and power level will vary by microwave.
Lemons, Limes and Oranges
Zap the fruit for 10 seconds before juicing. The microwave loosens the fibers, making it easier to get every delicious drop out of the fruit.
Get rocks out of Brown Sugar
You know how brown sugar often clumps up and get so hard you just toss it? I used to take a hammer to mine. Try taking a moist paper towel and placing it inside the bag with the brown sugar. Place microwave on high for 25 seconds. The moisture from the towel will make it easier to scoop.
Destroy Sponge Germs
Stick your damp sink sponge in the microwave once a week and zap it for 1 minute. This will destroy household germs.
Do It Yourself Heating Pad
Place 2 C of raw rice in the foot of an old sock and sew it closed. Microwave in 30 second increments until it reaches desired hotness. Do not use the high power level as it will burn the rice. Now you have an inexpensive and effective heating pad.
Peeling Root Veggies
Place root veggies that are hard to peel – hard squashes – in the microwave on low power for 2-3 minutes. This makes the skin more pliable for peeling and cutting.
Nuke garlic cloves for 15 seconds. Steam breaks the bond between the love and the skin.
Rescue A Stamp
Ever put a stamp on an envelope and make a mistake addressing it? Put a drop of water on the stamp and microwave for 10 seconds. It should peel off easily.
Honey can crystallize in your closet. Remove the lid and heat in the microwave for 30 second increments until it returns to its smooth texture. Do not do this if the container is plastic.
Speed Up Bread Making
Speed up bread rising with this tip. Place an 8-oz cup of water in the back of the microwave. Then place dough in a microwave safe bowl in the center of the microwave. Heat on lowest power for 3 minutes. Let sit 3 minutes and repeat. Let rest 6 minutes. Dough should have doubled in size.