Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesaday's Tips & Tricks: Microwave Tips

Writing a blog makes me use my microwave more.  It takes me forever to take photos of the finished dish.  I try this angle and that angle and still I seldom am happy with the photos.  My husband often complains about the food getting cold food as I snap photos.  I told him that is what the microwave was invented for.

Below are 10 of my favorite microwave tips. 

1. Dry fresh herbs using the microwave.  Click the link to see how:  Tip: Drying Fresh Herbs

2. Only use plastic containers that are labeled "microwave safe".  Harmful chemicals may leak into food is you use a plastic container that is not made for microwave use.

3. Salt your food after it is microwaved.  If you salt it before, it can make your food dry.

4. You can saute onions in the microwave.  Placed chopped onions to a microwave safe dish, add 1 tablespoon of water, and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until soft.  Then add the onions to your recipe without adding additional fat.

5. Clean and freshen your microwave the easy way:  In a two cup microwave safe dish, add 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Microwave on high 2 to 3 minutes, or until boiling.  Let set in the microwave for 5 minutes without opening the door.  After the 5 minute wait, remove the dish and wipe down the microwave with paper towel.

6. Don't toss out crystallized honey, microwave it.  Remove the lid, and microwave at 50% power for 2 minutes.

7. Soften hard packed brown sugar by placing it in a bowl with an apple slice or a slice of bread, cover with a lid, microwave on high for 30 seconds.

8. Get more juice from your oranges and lemons by microwaving them for 30 seconds before squeezing them. 

9. Peel tomatoes easily by boiling 2 cups of water in the microwave, add the tomatoes, microwave an additional 1 minute.  Remove tomatoes from the hot water and place in ice water.  The skin will easily peel off.

10. Put the cloves of garlic you want peeled on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 15 seconds.  The garlic heats up and expands, causing the peel to crack.  The clove easily slips out of the peeling!

If you feel inspired to use your microwave after reading all of those tips, try my Pizza Nibblers recipe.

  Check back on Friday, 
for my Cake In A Cup recipe!

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!


  1. I love and use my microwave, too.
    I have to tell you that I have some friends who think that the microwave "poisons" their food and they would never ever use one. It always makes me smile and shake my head.
    Thanks for some new tricks. I especially like the one on how to peel the tomato skin. Thanks!

  2. Love all these microwave tips and have to try them, esp. the one about fresh herbs. I can't count all the herbs I've wasted because they wilted, etc. so fast. Now I will be drying them in the micro! Have a good rest of the week, Linda!

  3. Great tips. Some of them I already use, but most of them are absolutely knew to me and I am going to try them especially when peeling tomatoes and garlic...:0

  4. Great list, I didn't know all of these. Some very good stuff here.