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One of my most valuable kitchen tool is the microwave. There are so many different uses to it beyond the most basic function of reheating leftovers.
Here are some of the things that I use my microwave for:
1. Baked potato (and sweet potatoes). The easy and lazy method for when you don’t have any hour to prepare baked potatoes in the oven. Try: How to Cook Potatoes in a Microwave.
2. Poached eggs. Quick, easy and almost foolproof…just need to remember to pierce the yolk with a toothpick before cooking! Try: Microwave Poached Eggs.
3. Scrambled eggs. A quick, fuss-free method for making fluffy and moist scrambled eggs. Try: Basic Microwave Scrambled Eggs.
4. Microwave Popcorn. Way better than the commercial kind – cheaper and free of chemicals and additives. Try: Homemade Microwave Popcorn.
5. Chocolate peanut clusters. Using the microwave to melt chocolate takes less time and you are much less likely to mess up compared to using the double boiler. Try: Easy Chocolate Peanut Clusters.
6. Steamed vegetables. A healthier alternative to blanching vegetables since the more nutrients will be retained than being leeched out into the water. Try: Steamed Broccoli (taste awesome when served with a dip – I recommend Peanut Sauce).
7. Crispy Potato Chips. Fresh homemade potato chips without needing a big pot of oil and avoid potentially making a big mess in the kitchen. Also works for re-crisping stale chips – microwave for quick 30secs for fresh tasting chips again! Try: Microwave Potato Chips.
8. Toast nuts. Using the microwave can be more power-efficient and time-saving than using the oven. Plus you’re less likely to forget about them and reduce the chances of burning the nuts. Try: How To Toast Nuts in the Microwave.
Are you a big fan of the microwave? What do you mostly use your microwave for?