20 Microwave Tricks Every Cook Needs to Know
Your microwave can do more than heat up leftovers! Here are a handful of microwave tricks that will change the way you cook.
Bake a dessert
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Craving something sweet but don’t want to sacrifice time—or wash all the dishes? Use your microwave to make a pan of oatmeal bars. You only need a handful of ingredients and about ten minutes. See all the treats (and meals!) you can make in the microwave.
Reduce onion tears
No more crying! Before you chop onions, place the whole onion in the microwave for 45 seconds. By heating the onion before cutting it, you help break down the chemicals that cause your tears. The most common use for a microwave might be popcorn popping, but we suggest you don’t use the “popcorn” button preset.
Vampires, beware! Peeling garlic doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Pop a full bulb in the microwave for 20 seconds to soften it, making peeling effortless. The cloves will slide right out of their skins with no mess or sticky, smelly garlic juices. Check out more clever kitchen hacks you’ll wish you’d always known.
Help bread dough rise
There are few greater joys in life than smelling (and eating!) freshly baked bread. But bread needs a warm place to rise, which can be a tricky feat in the cold-weather months. Here’s a quick fix: Try microwaving a bowl of water for two minutes, then place your bread inside the microwave with the warm bowl of water. Ta da! It’s the perfect condition for your bread to double in size.
Make a foamy latte
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Fancy a foamy latte? Be your own at-home barista, no frother necessary. Fill a glass jar halfway with milk and microwave for one minute until hot. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, pour the milk into a mug, add espresso and enjoy.
Squeeze more citrus juice
Get every last drop out of lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits. If a recipe calls for citrus juice, zap the fleshy fruit in the microwave for about 10 to 20 seconds. Then, slice it in half and squeeze away. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! Here are 44 lemony dinners to try for dinner.
Revive stale bread
Make that bread good as new. Wrap stale bread in a damp paper towel, place it on a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for ten seconds. You can also put a glass of water in the microwave with the bread for more softness. Find out the best way to store every type of leftover food.
Nuts are toasted more evenly in the microwave than the oven or skillet. Spread your favorite nuts in a single layer on a plate, then microwave in one-minute intervals, mixing them each minute. Here’s everything you need to know about toasting nuts.