Microwaves are lifesavers. They reheat our leftovers to perfection and allow us to nurse a mug of coffee well into the afternoon. It’s a pretty safe bet that even the most basic kitchen is equipped with one of these. Put away the instant popcorn and discover some of the microwave’s best kept secrets.
1. Steam milk
Why settle for a splash of cold milk in your coffee when you can create a Starbucks worthy foam in your own microwave? Simply fill a jar halfway with milk, shake vigorously, then microwave for 30 seconds with the lid off.
2. Poach eggs
Eggs are the perfect pairing with toast for breakfast or to toss atop leftovers that aren’t big enough for a full meal. Crack an egg into a bowl with ¼ cup of water and microwave for one minute. Nuke for another 20 seconds to achieve a more hard-boiled consistency.
3. Toast nuts
This varies based on the size and amount of nuts. Times range from four to eight minutes and typically work best on small batches of nuts.
4. Peel vegetables
Peeling veggies can be time consuming and a deterrent for putting together a vegetable-heavy dish. Leave your cutting board out of it and put the vegetables in the microwave until the skin shrivels (usually around five minutes). Then slide off the skin with a fork or your fingers.
5. Bake a potato
Preheating and baking a potato can take upwards of one hour. Instead, prick a potato all over with a fork and microwave for two minutes. Then flip to the other side and heat for an additional two.
6. Make a mug cake
Satisfy your sweet tooth in five minutes or less with an epic dessert that’s ready just by nuking a few simple ingredients in your microwave. Get the recipe here.
7. Disinfect a sponge
Not food related, but definitely an easy way to sanitize one of the most useful but also most bacteria-harboring piece of cleaning equipment. Microwave on high for two minutes.