Whether it’s making fancy cheese bowls or removing postage stamps, your microwave is like the Swiss army knife of your kitchen (unless you already have a Swiss army knife in your kitchen of course). It can do things you never dreamed of! So get ready to impress your friends and colleagues because these are 25 things you never knew your microwave could do!
Get more juice out of lemons and limes
Blast a lemon on high power for about 20 seconds to make it super juicy.
By putting parsley and other herbs in your microwave on high for a couple of minutes you can dry them up without any waste.
Peel garlic quickly
For one clove, blast it on full power for about 15 seconds. It’ll be a lot easier to peel!
Rehydrate stale bread
Yes, this is actually possible. Just wrap the bread in a wet towel and microwave on high power for bursts of about 10 seconds. Repeat until you’re satisfied with the moistness.
Just place the chips on a towel in the microwave and heat them up a bit. The towel will absorb the moisture and the chips will regain their crunch!
Make a hot compress
Simply put a damp towel in the microwave for about a minute and you’re good to go!
Often quite useful with brown sugar, simply place a damp towel in the sugar box, close the lid, and heat the box up for about 20 seconds. The sugar will come out lump free!
Clean up the inside of your microwave
Here’s a trick you’re sure to appreciate. Place a bowl of water containing a bit of vinegar in the microwave for about 5 minutes. The inside of the microwave will get nice and steamy and all the food stains will come right off with a few good wipes.
Testing whether something is microwave safe
To do this simply take a cup that you already know is microwave safe and fill it with cold water. Place the cup on a container or dish you would like to test and put both in the microwave. After one minute of heating, if the water is hot and the container is cold, the container is microwave safe. However, if the container is hot and the water is cold, then beware, the container isn’t microwaveable!
Peel fruits easier
Fruits like peaches and tomatoes peel much easier if you put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Just make sure to let them stand for about 2 minutes before peeling.
On the topic of microwaving, some fruits and vegetables with relatively thick skins require extra precautions when being microwaved for extended periods. These would include potatoes, tomatoes, and squash. Make sure you poke holes in them beforehand because if you don’t, the peels will likely trap steam and possibly even cause them to explode!
Remove postage stamps easily
All you have to do is put a few drops of water on the stamp and microwave it for 20-30 seconds. The stamp will come right off!
Tear free onion chopping
Simply cut off the ends and microwave the onions for about 30 seconds before you chop them. Your eyes will never water again!
By removing the lid and heating the honey on 50% power for about 2 minutes you can restore that old jar of crystallized honey.
Cook fish well
Cooking fish in the microwave can be tricky but here are some really quick tips. First, make sure you dry the fish well. Second, if you have multiple cuts, overlap the thin tail ends so that the pieces cook evenly. And thirdly, remove the fish before it is fully cooked as it will continue cooking on its own once you take it out.
Quick soak lentils and beans
If your recipe required you to soak beans or lentils overnight and you forgot, fear not, we have a hack for you! Place the beans in a bowl with a bit of baking soda and submerge them in water. Microwave on high for 10 minutes and then let them sit for about 40 minutes. That’s one night worth of soaking in less than an hour!
Put boiling water in a microwave safe bowl (see #17). Add some white vinegar and crack the egg into the bowl. Lightly pierce the yolk with a toothpick and cover the bowl with cling wrap. Microwave for 30 seconds. Turn the egg over and cook again for 20 more seconds. Enjoy!
No more soggy sandwiches
Microwaving your sandwiches with paper towels around them allows the towels to absorb the moisture that would otherwise make your sandwich soggy!
Create an aroma
By toasting your nuts, seeds, and spices in the microwave in 15 second bursts, you can really draw out a nice aroma!
Another cleaning shortcut
If you don’t have white vinegar as #18 suggested, just wad up some wet paper towels and microwave them for about 5 minutes. They will steam things up on the inside and when they cool down you can just use them to easily wipe off the grime.
Scrambled eggs in 3 minutes
Need a quick breakfast? Just beat some eggs with some milk and cheese in a bowl, add some salt and pepper, and microwave for a minute and a half. Remember to stop at about the 45 second mark to stir the eggs.
Parmesan cheese bowls
This one is a bit tricky but it will definitely impress your friends. Spread some parmesan cheese in a pizza-like circle on some parchment paper. Microwave it until it is golden brown. Now, working quickly, take the circle of parmesan cheese and place it over an upside down bowl (so it assumes its shape). Place another upside down bowl over the cheese so that it is pressed between the two upside down bowls, and wait for a bit. Now fill the bowl with salad and congratulations fancy pants, you’re basically French!
Make potato chips
So re-crisping potato chips is cool but actually making them is cooler! The hardest part comes first. Slice some potatoes as thin as you can and arrange them on a plate. Now microwave them in 3 minute bursts, flipping them and decreasing the power level each time. Go forth and impress your friends!
Corn on the cob
Just put it in the microwave husk and all. After several minutes the husk will slide right off and the corn will be sweet and tender!
Simply mix all the dry ingredients – sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, salt, flour, vanilla, oil, and water – in a coffee mug until there are no lumps. Microwave for about 2 minutes. You can thank us later.