Life is incredibly busy, and there always seems to be something going on which makes the microwave a necessity in most households. However, did you know that there are some tricks associated with microwaves that not everybody knows about? Here are five microwave tips that you may not have been aware of:
No More Onion Tears
There’s nothing worse than trying to chop an onion for a recipe, only to be reduced to tears. These tears are caused by chemicals in the onion that are released while chopping. However, did you know that onion tears can be cured by using a simple microwave trick? Simply place the onion in the microwave and heat for 45 seconds. This breaks down the chemicals in the onion and makes cutting the onion a tear-free experience!
Make Peeling Garlic an Easier Task
Peeling garlic can be a very tedious task. It can be incredibly time-consuming and made especially difficult if you have thick fingers. However, a microwave can be used to make this task much easier. Simply place a head of garlic in the microwave and heat it for 20 seconds. Once ready, the garlic will now slide right out of their pesky skins.
Use Circular Plates for Even Heat Distribution
It’s easy to assume that any microwavable dish is good enough to reheat leftover food; however, not all dishes distribute heat evenly while in the microwave. While reheating pizza or pasta, be sure to use circular plates as opposed to rectangular or square dishes. Unfortunately, rectangular and square dishes receive a disproportionate amount of heat in the corners which can leave your food feeling cold, and your dish feeling extremely hot.
Use Water to Balance Moisture
Pizza tastes the best when it is fresh out of the oven, and it can be difficult to recreate that magic with day-old pizza (unless you like cold pizza). Contrary to popular belief, microwaved, day-old pizza can taste delicious, and the key ingredient is water. While re-heating your day-old pizza, fill ⅔ of a cup with water, place in the corner of your microwave, and then start it for about 45 seconds. Water will prevent your pizza from drying out and your crusts from getting dry and chewy.
Microwave Milk to Create Foam for Lattes/Cappuccinos
Coffee and other caffeinated drinks are an important part of some people’s mornings as it gives them the energy needed to start their day. Did you know that our microwaves can help morning drinks taste even better? Microwaves can be used to foam milk which can be used to create cappuccinos or lattes. Ensure you have a jar with a sealable lid and shake the jar. After that, place it in the microwave for about 35 seconds and then use a spoon to scoop out the foam.
Microwaves are versatile appliances that can be used for a variety of different purposes. If you have any questions regarding microwave sizes, features or installation, contact your local appliance dealer today.