Monday, March 14, 2011

LifeStyle (14 Surprising Uses for Your Microwave)

Hi Dolls,

This post a bit different from the other ones but remember my blog is about LifeStyle as well, and this includes anything that can be put into practice or can be useful in our everyday lives. But not worry tomorrow we're switching back to MakeUp or Fashion or both!!! ;-)

Anyway wanted to share an article I found few months ago, remembered reading it and thinking WOW..I had no idea you could do that! (LOL)
The article is from Real Simple Magazine unfortunately can't remember the exact date it was published but it trust me is worth the reading!


More than a popcorn popper, this versatile appliance was underutilized - UNTIL NOW.
1. Disinfecting and Deodorizing Sponges
Don't throw out the kitchen sponge that smells like last night's salmon. Soak it in water spiked with white vinegar or lemon juice, then heat it on high for 1 minute. This will also disinfect any sponges you used to wipe up the juices from a raw chicken.

2. Cooking an Entire Dinner in Under 10 Minutes
Use the microwave for any recipe that calls for braising, poaching, or steaming. Just subtract about three-quarters of the cooking time. Remember to stir liquids often to redistribute the heat, and always take the food out a minute or two before it's completely done, since it will continue to cook.
3. Disinfecting Plastic Cutting Boards
Wash the board well, rub it with the cut side of a lemon, then heat for 1 minute.

4. Making Potatoes
Your microwave will cook the average russet in about 4 minutes. You can simultaneously cook as many as will fit. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and cook for 2 minutes. Turn them over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer. For mashed potatoes, be sure to heat the milk in the microwave before adding it. (Cold milk makes for cold mashed potatoes.)

5. Softening Brown Sugar
Keep the sugar in its plastic packaging, add a few drops of water, and heat on medium for 10 to 20 seconds.
6. Decrystalizing Honey
Honey that has solidified can be brought back to liquid life by uncovering the jar and heating on medium power for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

7. Proofing Yeast Doughs
Place the dough in a very large bowl and cover with plastic. Place an 8-ounce cup of water in the back of the microwave with the bowl of dough in the center, and set the power as low as possible (10 percent power). Heat for 3 minutes, then let the dough rest in the microwave for 3 minutes. Heat for 3 minutes longer, then let rest for 6 minutes. The dough will double in bulk.

8. Heating up Health Aids
You use a microwave to reheat your coffee, so why not use it to heat and reheat gel packs for headaches? (Don't do this with a metal-wrapped pack.)
9. Warming Beauty Products
Warming up a hot-oil conditioning pack for your hair takes about 10 to 20 seconds and feels marvelous, as does briefly heating up a moisturizing facial mask. (Stir the mask and test the temperature with your finger before applying to your face.) And if hot wax hardens when you're only halfway up your calf, reheat in the microwave. It's much less messy than using a double boiler.

10. Roasting Garlic
Slice off the top of the head to reveal all the cloves. Place the head in a small, deep dish, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of good olive oil. Spoon 2 tablespoons of water into the bottom of the dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and cook at medium power for 7 to 7/12 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes before unwrapping.

11. Partially Cooking Foods for the Grill
To cut the grilling time of vegetables, cook them
partway in the microwave before putting them on the barbecue. Heat new potatoes for 2 minutes (prick them first), and bell peppers for 1 minute. And why wait until your next campfire to make s'mores? Put the marshmallows in the microwave for 30 seconds.
12. Getting More Juice From Citrus Fruits
A lemon or lime taken straight from the refrigerator is harder to juice than one left at room
temperature or warmed slightly. To get the most
juice,microwave citrus fruits for 20 seconds
before squeezing.

13. Toasting Nuts, Bread Crumbs, and Coconut
The microwave toasts them in a quarter of the time it takes in a conventional oven. Spread them out on a plate and heat on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute. Keep in mind that they will continue to toast for about a minute after removal.

14. Cooking Vegetables
All vegetables can be steamed in the microwave without adding water. Place them in one layer (if possible) on a dish, cover tightly with plastic, and cook on high. The timing will vary, but check tender items, such as spinach, mushrooms, and snow peas, after 30 seconds, and crunchy one




  2. Oooh, great ideas! I'm trying to cook more at home, rather than eating out, so a lot of these will come in handy!

  3. veeeeeery interesting, thank u for sharing! :):)

  4. Ok, this microwave piece is actually funny. Guess everything as everyone needs to multi task., shop, shop

  5. Wow, I never would have ever thought about these uses for a microwave. It's interesting, I always wonder how people "stumble" upon these tips! Trial and Error??