Microwave Hacks You Don’t Know About That Make Cooking Easier

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Microwave ovens get an unfair reputation of being the “lazy” kitchen appliance, but they have come a long way over the last couple of decades. Now, instead of unevenly cooking frozen TV dinners, they can actually be a big help in the kitchen. Don’t worry, you won’t need a sous chef to make your dinner dreamy, you’ll just need a good microwave and our list of microwave oven hacks. The mini retro microwave in cream is a great tool if you’re looking to level up your skills in the kitchen, here’s how you can use it:

Useful Hacks for Recipes

Getting to work in the kitchen can be intimidating; all the chopping, peeling, and cooking gets overwhelming fast. But, with the right microwave oven – like this red retro microwave oven – suddenly everything becomes a breeze! Here are some of the best microwave tips to make cooking your favorite activity:

  • Peel Garlic with Speed

Instead of peeling garlic by hand, which is tedious and time-consuming, you can toss the garlic bulbs in your microwave oven for about 20 seconds to soften the outer casing. Voila, your garlic will slide right out of the shell with no effort!

  • Perfectly Melt Butter or Chocolate

Gone are the days of double broilers and being scared of burning chocolate. Microwave ovens are a great place to toss a microwave-safe bowl filled with chocolate or butter and get it melted perfectly. It’ll be ready for any recipe you could dream of.

  • Reduce Tears from Onions

Quit crying! With microwave oven tips like this one, everything is right in the world. Simple chop off both ends of the onion, heat it in the microwave for 45-seconds, and the heat will breakdown the tear-causing chemicals, saving you from having a breakdown.

  • Make Dough Rise

Oven use tips minus the oven – though making bread is often thought of as complicated, it gets a whole lot easier with a microwave. Microwave a bowl of water for 2 minutes, then set fresh dough next to the warm water in the microwave and it’ll rise with ease.

  • Get More Juice

If you’re tired of squeezing your lemons and feeling like you’re not getting enough juice, this microwave oven hack is the one for you. Heat the lemon for 10 to 20 seconds first, then when you squeeze it, plenty of juice will pour out.

  • Steam Your Veggies

Getting a quick veggie on the table can be tough, but one of the best microwave oven use tips is to use it to steam veggies. Throw some water in a bowl with your veggies and heat them until warm and soft – your body will thank you.

  • Dry Herbs Out

Traditional drying methods can take a long time, but a quick trip in a microwave oven will zap the herbs, locking in the flavor and getting out the moisture. If you have the Comfee mini retro microwave in pastel green, you can use it to dry out your herbs.

  • Ripen a Banana

Green bananas no more – stick your banana bunch, or a single banana, in the microwave for fast-acting ripening powers.

  • Cook the Perfect Rice

You don’t need a rice cooker. With the perfect microwave oven, all you need to do is put your rice in a bowl with some water, put it in, and press “start!”

  • Make Homemade Potato Chips

Thinly sliced potatoes that are seasoned well will crisp up in the microwave oven for the ultimate homemade snack.

  • Toast Nuts

Lay nuts flat on a microwave-safe dish and heat them for a minute at a time, mixing in between each minute.

  • Cook Bacon

All you need is a plate and some paper towels to get the best crispy bacon without grease splatter.

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