While it might be frowned upon by culinary experts, we can’t help but love our microwave! It sure makes things easier in the kitchen when it comes to meal prep. You can use your microwave for more than just warming things up. In the list below, we have some creative ways to use the microwave you’ve probably never even thought of before! Go ahead and check out the list, and then watch the video below for more ideas. Which one of these are you going to try first?
This is such an easy and inexpensive way to make dellicious jam! It’s just three ingredients – raspberries (or your fruit of choice), sugar, and a splash of lemon juice.
Mash up your fruit and put it in a microwave-safe dish. For every one cup of mashed berries, you’ll mix in 1/2 cup of sugar (or more depending on how sweet you like your jam). Squeeze a bit of lemon juice into the mixture, and microwave it for ten minutes, stirring every few minutes. Put in a sealed jar and enjoy!
Soften Stale Bread
Do you have a loaf of bread that has been left out on the counter too long? How about some hamburger buns that are perfectly fine, but a little on the tough side? Don’t throw them out just yet! Try this microwave hack first.
Simply wrap the bread in a paper towel and pour some water over it. Microwave for one minute, and there you have it! Your bread should be soft to the touch and ready to eat. Brilliant!
Easy Dulce De Leche
Looking for a sweet syrup to up your dessert game? We have just the thing! Dulce de leche is a sweet caramel sauce that can be used for all sorts of things! Put it on ice cream, brownies, even in your coffee!
To make this sugary delight, simply pour some sweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl. Then, in a larger bowl, add some water and place the sweetened condensed milk inside. Microwave for eight minutes, stirring every few minutes until the sweetned condensed milk is a rich caramel color. Let it cool, and then store in a squeeze bottle for future use!
Easy Peel Garlic Hack
We love garlic, but we don’t love how frustrating and tedious it can be to peel! Well, with this microwave hack, all of the hard work is done for us!
Simply cut the whole head of garlic at one end, exposing the cloves. Then, put the whole thing in the microwave for twenty seconds. Remove the garlic and easily pop out the cloves!
This is a great hack if you grow your own basil and need a way to store it! Easily make your own dried basil as a way to preserve it and use it in the future.
ALl you need to do is finely chop your basil and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave it for sixty seconds, and let it cool. That’s it! You’ll have dried basil that you can store in an air tight container. This works for other herbs as well, like parsley and rosemary.