Microwave Cooking Tips

Microwave Cooking becomes much simpler when you understand a few basics.

  • When microwaving, the food nearest the outside of the container heats quicker than that in the middle. Halfway through cooking stir or re-arrange the food to ensure even cooking.
  • Microwaves are attracted to moisture, fat and sugars in foods, so foods containing these ingredients cook, or heat, quicker than others.
  • You can use the microwave to extract more juice from a lemon simply by halving the lemon, placing it in the microwave and heating at 100% for 20 - 30 seconds.Then squeeze the lemon and you'll be amazed at how much more juice it produces.
  • If honey has crystallized in the jar, microwave it at 100% for 90 seconds per cup and the crystals will dissolve.
  • If you wish to heat maple syrup, heat half a cup at 100% for 20-30 seconds.
  • To soften butter, heat half a cup at 10% for 45 seconds.
  • To crisp soggy potato chips (crisps) or pretzels, heat at 100% for between 15 and 25 seconds.
  • Do not place cups or mugs with glued handles in the microwave because over time microwaves weaken the glue.
  • Most importantly, always follow the manufacturers instructions when using the microwave, especially having it checked from time to time by an expert.

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