20 Microwave Hack To Make Life Bit Easier

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Microwaves are not just for re-heating food items but they can also help you cook and clean. Here are helpful tips for using food properly in microwave and making your life easier. 

1. Cutting Onions Without Tears 

Trim the ends of onions and heat them on full power for about 30 seconds. Your eyes will no longer sting when you chop the onion.

Tear Free Onions

2. Apparently You Can Re-Use Stamps

Put a few water drops on stamp and microwave it for 20 seconds. The stamp will come off easily and can be reused again. (For Informational Purpose Only)

Remove And Reuse Postage Stamp

3. Soften Brown Sugar

If your brown sugar form lumps then place a damp paper towel into the the sugar and microwave it for 20-30 seconds. The brown sugar will be soften again.

Soften Brown Sugar Lump

4. Cleaning A Dirty Microwave 

Heat a bowl of water with vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes. This will make the inside steamy and the gunk will come off easily.

Cleaning Dirty Microwave 2

5. Another Cleaning Tip

Throw in an handful of wet paper towels into the microwave and run it for 3-5 minutes. This will soften the gunk which can easily be removed.

Cleaning Dirty Microwave

6. Cooking Fish 

Dry the fish thoroughly and overlap the tail ends of thin fillets for even cooking. Remove all fish from your microwave while its still opaque because it may get overcooked.

Cooking Fish Microwave

7. Dry Herbs In Microwave

Parsley and other herbs can be dried in the microwave. Place about 1 cup on a paper towel, microwave it for 3-4 minutes and then crumple in the paper towel.

Dry Herbs In Microwave

8. Restore Crystallized Jar Of Honey 

Remove the lid and heat the jar on 50% power for about 2 minutes.

Crystalized Jar of Honey

9. Soothing Hot Compress

Heat a wet towel for about one minute to have instant soothing hot compress.

Hot Compress

10. Get More Juice Out Of The Lemon

Microwave lemons for 10-20 seconds to make them juicy and easy to squeeze.

Get More Juice Out Of Citrus

11. How To Know If Containers Are Safe To Use In Microwave? 

Fill an already known microwave safe mug with water, place it in the container to be tested and heat it for 1 minute. If the testing container is cold, it is microwave safe. If the testing container is hot, it is not microwave safe.

Microwave Safe Container

12. Keep Bread Moist 

Use paper towel around sandwiches, rolls or other baked goods to maintain moisture otherwise they can become soggy.

Keeping Bread Moist

13. Peel Garlic Quickly 

Heat the garlic clove on full power for 15 seconds. This removes moisture which in turn peels the garlic quickly.

Peeeling Garlic

14. Peel Other Foods Easily 

Heat food such as tomatoes or peaches for 30 seconds, then let them stand for 2 minutes and they will peel off easily. Peeling foods easily

15. Poach Egg Without Creating A Mess 

Pour boiling water and a little of vinegar into a microwave safe bowl. Crack an egg into the bowl and lightly pierce the yolk into a toothpick. Cover the bowl with a cling film and microwave on full power for 30 seconds. Remove the cling, gently turn the egg and cook on full power for a further 20 seconds.

Poached Eggs

16. Don’t want to soak beans overnight? 

Place beans in a microwave safe bowl with a pinch of bicarbonate soda and submerge in water. Microwave it for 10 minutes on high power then allow to rest for 30-40 minutes.

Soaking Beans Overnight

17. Re-Hydrate Stale Bread 

Wrap the bread in damp paper towel and microwave it with 10 seconds bursts. After each burst, check if the bread is moist enough.

Stale Bread Eating

18. How To Cook Certain Foods? 

Thick skinned food such as potatoes and tomatoes trap steam during microwave cooking. Pierce the skin before cooking to allow steam to escape.

Cooking vegetables in a microwave oven

19. Make Potato Chips Crunchy Again! 

Place the potato chips on the paper towel and microwave them. The towel will absorb the moisture leaving chips crispy again.

Microwave Chips

20. Toasting Nuts And Spices

Place the whole nuts in a bowl and heat them with 15 seconds burst until they have the specific aroma.

Toasting Nusts And Spices

h/t: Viral Nova

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