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Old 11-04-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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https://www.lifehack.org/articles/li...-for-sure.html

Most of us have microwave ovens. Here are some ideas about ways to use them, besides reheating coffee.

Do you have any tips or hacks for using the microwave oven?
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:31 PM
 
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I take a 4cup Pyrex measuring cup with 3cups of water and
a half of a lemon set it on high for 7 & 1/2 min.*

It removes that nasty popcorn smell and others too

* My micro slave is 1250 watts, Adjust yours accordingly
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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https://www.lifehack.org/articles/li...-for-sure.html

Most of us have microwave ovens. Here are some ideas about ways to use them, besides reheating coffee.

Do you have any tips or hacks for using the microwave oven?
I have a few issues with the text of the provided lifehack link:

Item 2 - lentils and beans. Lentils are completely different than beans. Lentils cook in half an hour naturally, while beans require a longer soaking than that "hack" will provide.

5. Toasting Nuts (edited for brevity - since spices are different, and some are damaged by microwaving)
In order to bring out the beautiful aroma of your nuts, zap them in a microwave in bursts of 15 seconds. Repeat the procedure until the aroma from the nuts engulfs your kitchen. Your nuts should be perfectly toasted by then.

7. Disinfecting Cutting Boards...
I have no cutting board that would even fit in a microwave, and wooden board have natural disinfecting qualities. However... I wonder if my nuts are disinfected now...???

8. Using it as a Proofer...
A microwave would very effectively kill yeast. This tip is using water as a way to help proof, with the microwave serving as a cardboard box. Lame!

9. Cooking Potatoes...
Oh please! Microwaves even come with a "potato" setting. This is no more a "hack" that washing your hands to make them clean. Idiotic.

11. Cooking Bacon
Wrap the slices of bacon in kitchen towels and microwave them for 2-3 minutes. The Kitchen towel soaks the moisture from the bacon and makes the slices crisply cooked ... and the bits of towel that you can't remove add flavor.

13. 13. Recrystallizing Honey
If honey solidifies inside the jar, then use a microwave to soften it. Uncover the jar, and microwave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This will liquefy honey and bring it back to a good consistency.

Obviously, the author has no clue about the English language or physics. The easy word to use would be "Melting," as in "melting crystallized honey."

The internet is looking more and more like a gutter outside of a 1970 Port Authority bus station.

A real hack for a microwave is to put a wet coffee filter over a bowl of chili or anything that tends to spatter. The filter will contain the spatter and keep you from having to clean bits of beans and dead cow off the interior of that oven.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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This is what it means to "hack" a microwave oven-


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Yt...gayQLOQ0DTkt8A
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Old 11-05-2019, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I've never toasted spices in the micro. But I have definitely presoaked lentils, and have gotten a better final product from doing so. I was advised to do a presoak by an accomplished Indian cook. I see nothing wrong with the rec.

While the entry about honey was poorly written, I think most people would understand that you can soften honey in the micro. I certainly have done that.

I do bacon differently than the rec above though. If I only do a few slices, I like to make a pad of newspaper, add a paper towel, place bacon on top, and cover with a paper towel. Micro at a lower power setting than high. For more slices, I would cook in the regular oven at 375.

Not all micros have presets, or very many of them. I would personally not cook a potato in the micro, but some people do.

Honestly, I find your post a bit on the cranky side. I hope you are having an OK day.
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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I've never toasted spices in the micro. But I have definitely presoaked lentils, and have gotten a better final product from doing so. I was advised to do a presoak by an accomplished Indian cook. I see nothing wrong with the rec.

While the entry about honey was poorly written, I think most people would understand that you can soften honey in the micro. I certainly have done that.

I do bacon differently than the rec above though. If I only do a few slices, I like to make a pad of newspaper, add a paper towel, place bacon on top, and cover with a paper towel. Micro at a lower power setting than high. For more slices, I would cook in the regular oven at 375.

Not all micros have presets, or very many of them. I would personally not cook a potato in the micro, but some people do.

Honestly, I find your post a bit on the cranky side. I hope you are having an OK day.
LOL! I am perennially cranky with poorly written media. I find it an affront to anyone who bothers to read. A trick on potatoes (a hack?) is to butter, poke, and wrap them in cling film before putting them in the microwave, and letting them rest a few minutes after cooking while still in that wrap. It makes for a more evenly cooked spud. (The steam from the spud keeps any outgassing from the plastic at bay.)

I do bacon in a pan.. but... I put foil over the bacon and then rest the bottom of another smaller pan on it. That presses the bacon to the pan and I get to harvest all that wonderful bacon fat.

I was a mass murderer today. The Asian lady beetles tried to invade my home. BAD move on their part. I must have killed at least a couple thousand. I won't say it was a GOOD day, but it was a lot better than cohabiting with bugs the entire winter. Thanks for the concern.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:43 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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You absolutely can proof yeast doughs in a MW. Done it many times, shortens the rising time and doesn't kill the yeast.
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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LOL! I am perennially cranky with poorly written media. I find it an affront to anyone who bothers to read. A trick on potatoes (a hack?) is to butter, poke, and wrap them in cling film before putting them in the microwave, and letting them rest a few minutes after cooking while still in that wrap. It makes for a more evenly cooked spud. (The steam from the spud keeps any outgassing from the plastic at bay.)

I do bacon in a pan.. but... I put foil over the bacon and then rest the bottom of another smaller pan on it. That presses the bacon to the pan and I get to harvest all that wonderful bacon fat.

I was a mass murderer today. The Asian lady beetles tried to invade my home. BAD move on their part. I must have killed at least a couple thousand. I won't say it was a GOOD day, but it was a lot better than cohabiting with bugs the entire winter. Thanks for the concern.
OK. I approve of your war against insect invasion. And how about a micro tip?
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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VTsnowbird is right and I was wrong about proofing. Thanks for the correction.

The potato in cling wrap was a tip. Another is to microwave gluten free bread for a few seconds. It activates the xanthin gum bonds and keeps the bread from crumbling for about five minutes.

Your turn.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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LOL! I am perennially cranky with poorly written media. I find it an affront to anyone who bothers to read. A trick on potatoes (a hack?) is to butter, poke, and wrap them in cling film before putting them in the microwave, and letting them rest a few minutes after cooking while still in that wrap. It makes for a more evenly cooked spud. (The steam from the spud keeps any outgassing from the plastic at bay.)

You can also do that with corn on the cob, personally I put no plastic in the microwave.
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