People claim that the only good use the microwave has is to reheat foods. While the microwave does do a splendid job reheating foods, there are several different ways you can use your microwave. In fact, the microwave was used in thousands of different ways in the 60s and 70s. The following tips are a great starting point. Once you start using your microwave, you’ll think of hundreds of different ways to use it.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #1: To Reheat
Of course, the number one way to use your microwave is to reheat foods. There are precautions you should take when reheating foods in your microwave though. For example, always cover soups and other liquid based foods before reheating them. This will help you to avoid a microwave covered in yesterday’s chili.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #2: To Cook Bacon
Cooking bacon on the stove top can be messy and dangerous. If you’re tired of getting popped with bacon grease, why not use your microwave to cook bacon. It couldn’t be any easier. All you need to do is place layers of bacon in between layers of paper towels and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the bacon reaches the desired level of doneness.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #3: To Make Nachos
If you love Mexican food, you’ll love this tip. All you need to do is place a layer of tortilla chips on a microwavable plate and then add a layer of your favorite cheese. Cook for 30 seconds and then top the nachos with salsa and sour cream.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #4: To Make Burritos
Another Mexican favorite that can be prepared in your microwave is burritos. Simply fill a flour tortilla with your favorite ingredients and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the ingredients are warmed through.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #5: To Cook TV Dinners
Unless you’re cooking a TV dinner that has foods that taste best when crisp, it only makes sense to use your microwave to cook TV dinners. Not only is this faster, but it keeps your kitchen cool as well. Need another reason? How about the fact that you’ll also save money on your electricity bill?
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #6: To Pop Popcorn
While popcorn cooked on the stove top does taste amazing, it’s easier to use your microwave to pop popcorn. Not only is it more convenient, but microwavable popcorn comes in a thousand different flavors giving you the chance to prepare gourmet flavored popcorn during a commercial break.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #7: To Quickly Thaw Frozen Meat
You just got home and found out that you forgot to thaw out meat for tonight’s dinner. Why not use your microwave to thaw the meat, rather than calling and ordering pizza? Simply remove the packaging, place the meet in a microwavable container and use the express thaw button. You’ll have thawed meat in a matter of minutes.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #8: To Soften Ice Cream
Do you fight with your ice cream container only to have a sore hand and a measly tablespoon of ice cream? Why not use your microwave to soften your ice cream instead. Many microwaves even have a setting for softening ice cream, but be careful. Many powerful models will thaw rather than soften ice cream. Be sure to check the ice cream every few seconds to make sure it isn’t melting.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #9: To Bake Brownies
Believe it or not, you can actually bake brownies and cakes in your microwave. Do a Google search and you’ll find several delicious recipes that will instruct you on how to use your microwave to prepare these sinful desserts.
Ten Ways to Use Your Microwave #10: To Melt Butter
Why melt butter on your stove top when you could use your microwave? Not only will it take less time, but you will have less to cleanup afterwards. Simply place the butter in the bowl you will be using for other ingredients and pop it in the microwave. For example, let’s say you need to melt butter for the topping of a casserole. Melt the butter and then add the crushed cracker crumbs and mix.