The dawn of modern technology led to the commercialization of many electrical appliances that have made our lives much easier. One of these is the Microwave oven that sits on almost all kitchen countertop these days.
It is one of the most widely used kitchen appliances and also the most under-utilized one too. Most people just use Microwave Hacks for the occasional reheating of leftover food, defrosting, making popcorn and for cooking frozen food. But are you really using it for its full potential?
All students living in the dorm will be of the opinion that microwaves can be used for more than heating up food and speeding up cooking time. You can not only dry herbs in the microwave but can also make mug cakes that are delicious and mouthwatering. So, we at Pick cookware decided to try out some of these cool and innovative microwave hacks to check if they are just a ruse or do, they really work.
Dry Herbs in a Microwave
What if I told you that you can dry the herbs you have been wanting to use in the lasagna during winters without an oven? Well before you start judging me, it’s not a sham and does really work; good news considering how hot it gets in the summers and no one would want to leave their oven on for hours to dry herbs.
How it works: Drying herbs in the oven is quite easy and pretty quick too. All you need is fresh herbs, paper towel and a plate. Wash your herbs to remove any dirt or germs and dry them either in a spinner or by hand, then place on a paper towel to remove any extra water. Put these herbs in a plate over a paper towel in a single layer (do not overcrowd the plate), this will help in the drying as paper towel absorbs water and makes the dehydration process quicker. Microwave the herbs for 2-3 minutes in 30-second intervals. (Some herbs may take up to 4 minutes if they have thicker leaves and stems.) The herbs turned out crunchy and perfectly dry, crumbling in hand.
Quickly Peel of Garlic
Garlic peeling is the most unpleasant task while making food, no one likes it as it is time-consuming, the pungent garlic smell and the sticky juice that clings to your skin. However, there is a secret hack that can make this easier and less messy.
How it works: Just put the garlic in the microwave for 20 seconds, the heat from the microwave dries the moisture in the clove, loosening it. Now the skin will slide off without much hassle.
Make a Mug Cake
Out of all the creative microwave hacks, this is by far my most favorite one. As a brownie lover who gets random cravings at midnight, when I came to know that you can make a cake in a mug (thus aptly termed as mug cakes), I had to try it out for myself and to my surprise it really worked. The result turned out to be a delectable, chocolatey cake with a fluffy, spongy texture. So now you can have your sugar fix in less than 5 minutes without too much time and effort.
- 1/4 cup flour (30 g)
- 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp (13 g) cocoa powder (natural, unsweetened)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup water (60 ml)
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
Directions: Take a microwaveable mug (12-16 ounce one will do fine) and mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder). Then add water, oil, vanilla extract and stir till the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps. Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. The only thing you need to be careful about while making mug cakes is the baking time as all microwave models are different. Normally 2 minutes is enough for a 1000-watt microwave, but you may have to experiment 2-3 times to find out the optimum cooking time for your oven.
Extract Citrus Juice easily
Have you ever tried making a large jug of lemonade? Well if you have then you will agree with me that squeezing 7-8 lemons at once is not an easy job and leaves your hands sore afterwards. But with this hack, it has become easy to squeeze lemons. All you have to do is microwave the lemons for 10-20 seconds until their skin is warm to touch. The heat makes the pulp and skin softer, making it easier to squeeze them and you will get more juice out of the lemon this way.
Tear-free Onion Chopping
Ever since I have started cooking, I have dreaded the onion chopping part because it leaves me in tear and clouds my glasses. But after searching on the internet I have found that there is a really easy way to chop onions without stinging your eyes. Just trim the ends and microwave the onions for 20-30 seconds before chopping them.
Microwaves are not just for reheating cold food, they can serve many more purposes like helping you cook, clean and in general saving your time. We hope that you liked these simple hacks and will find them useful.