My microwave exists primarily for three reasons: emergency defrosting when I forget to leave the chicken out on the counter, making popcorn, and re-heating leftovers because I do not feel like cooking lunch. Seriously, those are the only reasons that I bought a microwave. Well, leave it to the internet to find a ton of clever ways to use the microwave for anything but re-heating leftovers! Some of these “microwave hacks” are just too clever! I need to try these and save some time…
1. Decrystallize your honey!
Yes! After a few months sitting untouched on a shelf (or being accidentally put away in the fridge) honey will actually start to crystallize. The taste doesn’t change, but if you prefer your honey to be smooth or use it frequently in tea, having to scoop out sugar crystals can be a real pain. Set your crystallized honey in a microwave safe bowl (or just toss the glass jar in without the lid) and heat it on medium heat for around 1 minute. If it’s still not ready, heat it up for 30 additional seconds at a time. Voila! Good as new!
2. Chop onions without crying!
Yes, please! My husband jokes about the fact that I cry every night before dinner. No, I just use a lot of onions! I don’t know how I have lived this long without knowing this trick, but you can get onions to leave your eyes alone with only 30 seconds in the microwave. Chop off the ends and heat it up just a bit. You are now free to chop your onion tear-free! Perfect.
3. Get more juice out of your lemons and limes!
Depending on where you live, you might use lemons or limes in every meal. I use a ton of lime in my cooking, and although I use a mini lime juicer, I can clearly see that there is a lot of juice left inside. Popping the unsliced fruits into the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds will cause the pulp to burst, so be ready for an explosion of extra juice when you cut into the fruit! If you’re taking them out of the fridge, you can add 5 seconds to that microwave time.
4. Turn stale bread into fresh bread!
Say WHAT?! You mean I didn’t need to toss that last half of the bread loaf into the trash? It’s too simple! Wrap a moist paper towel around the bread and microwave your stale, dry bread for 10 to 15 seconds. Check the moisture of the bread and continue microwaving it in small increments until it’s back to normal.
5. Peel garlic and tomatoes!
My least favorite thing about peeling garlic…is smelling like garlic. So what do you do? Place a clove of garlic in the microwave for 10 seconds. It’ll be much easier to peel afterwards! If you like to peel your tomatoes, microwave them whole for 15 – 20 seconds, and let them sit for a few minutes. The skin should peel right off!
6. Remove stamps!
If you collect stamps or just see a cool one that you’d like to keep, place a few drops of water onto the paper surrounding the stamp and microwave it for a few seconds at a time. The stamp should peel right off!
7. Heat up a compress!
I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this. Place a damp wash cloth or towel into a microwave safe container and heat it up for about a minute. It should be warm enough to use anywhere that you need! This is great. No more running a towel under hot water and hoping it keeps it’s heat! Genius.
8. Dry your herbs!
If you use a lot of herbs but prefer them dry, you can dry them out easily in the microwave. Parsley, rosemary, and oregano are my favorites, and it only takes a shot time in the microwave to completely dry them out! You’ll have to play with the settings on your microwave so you won’t burn the leaves, but this is much easier than laying them out in the sun!
9. Poach eggs!
YES! Where has this tip been all of my life?! Crack an egg into a microwave safe cup or bowl. Add 1/3 cup of water and a splash of white vinegar into the cup. Do this part slowly so that you don’t break up the egg. Cover the cup or bowl with a microwave safe plate. Heat it up for about 1 minute. If it’s still not done (still liquid or clearly not cooked) then add another 20 seconds. This should poach your egg perfectly! Remember to remove the water before you eat it!
10. Bring life back into your potato chips!
Depending on where you live, a half eaten bag of potato chips can go stale or soggy even after a day or two. It’s easy to bring back that delicious crunch! with a few seconds in the microwave. Lay them out on a paper towel and heat them up for 10 seconds. They should be good as new – and probably with a little extra snap!
I hope you’ve learned a few more tricks for you microwave! I will be trying several of these by the end of the day. I’ve got some herbs to dry out, an onion to chop…and a poached egg on toast just looks too good! I think it’s snack time…
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