In routine life, the primary function of a Microwave Oven is reheating your leftover food. But it’s not something that only your microwave oven can do. Here are some amazing Kitchen Microwave tips which go beyond the basics of reheating leftovers with these surprising shortcuts.
1. TOAST NUTS
Forget preheating the Microwave oven just to make a small batch of aromatic nuts. Instead, spread any variety you like in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave in 1-minute intervals, stirring between each. When nuts are crunchy and smell toasty (3 to 8 minutes, depending on your microwave), they're ready for a starring role in your morning oatmeal.
2. FROTH MILK FOR YOUR LATTE
You don't need to be a barista-or invest in special equipment-to create airy foam. Fill a small lidded jar halfway with milk, then cover and shake until the milk becomes frothy for about 30 seconds. Remove the lid and microwave for 30 seconds. Pour the milk into your coffee, holding back the foam with a spoon, then scoop the foam on top.
3. POACH EGGS
Whip up a speedy lunch: Crack bowl or mug, then pour in a cup of water and ½ tsp vinegar. Cover with a microwave-safe plate and cook for 1 minute at 80 per cent power. Check the egg: continue cooking, 20 seconds at a time, until it reaches your desired state.
4. MAKE SINGLE-SERVE MAC AND CHEESE
Get both the convenience of the boxed stuff and the satisfaction of homemade with this 10-minute dinner. Combine ½ cup macaroni pasta. cup water, and ½ tsp salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 2-minute intervals, stirring between each until pasta is al dente, 6 to 8 minutes. (Add 2 tbsp water, if needed, to fully cook pasta). Stir in ½ cup milk and 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring between each until the cheese melts into a rich sauce.
5. BREAD, ETC, FRESH AGAIN
It's something so simple, but few people know that microwaving a slice of old bread, or a bun, for 10 seconds can make it oven-fresh again. (If it was stored in the fridge, it may require 15 or 20 seconds) Same with chapatis, halwa, and jalebis. You can also roast oil-free papads in the microwave if you have three or four, just spread them on the turntable and do not stack them.
No need to buy pricey (and preservative-filled) bags of microwave popcorn when you can make your own. Add about ½ cup of corn kernels to a large microwave-safe bowl and set a plate slightly askew on top. Or fill a brown paper bag with about 4 cups of kernels and fold the top of the bag over a couple of times. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until most of the kernels has popped. Remove and sprinkle as desired with butter, salt, and other toppings.
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