The microwave, in addition to heating food, has many other functions and practical applications that you never thought you could do. Take note of these tricks, as there are some as useful as learning to cut onions without crying.
Surely, you have a microwave at home. This appliance is always very useful to heat the food quickly or put the coffee ready for breakfast if we do not have time to temper the milk in a saucepan.
A solution for the rush and to take better advantage of the time that we have always associated with gastronomy.
A tool that is usually always found in the kitchen, but what if we told you that your microwave has many other hidden uses and can serve much more than to heat a plate of lentils?
If you are still confused, read on, because you will discover a new world. A range of possibilities that will surprise you. With the following list you will learn to do things with your microwave that you never imagined and, best of all, it can be very useful.
From cleaning it easily without a cloth or soap, to having your bread or soft chips regain “their original state” until you cannot cry when cutting an onion.
Discover other functions of your microwave and be amazed with things you never imagined you could do with it.
7. How to chop onions without crying
If you do not want to shed a single, tear when you have to cut one or several onions, with this simple microwave trick you can stop crying for more dramatic moments.
Onion is a fundamental ingredient to make many gastronomic dishes, cheap and tasty. The problem is that sometimes we are too lazy to cut onions, especially when we know that it will make us cry like a cupcake.
To make it easier to cut onions you just have to put them in the microwave at full power for 30 seconds. But first you must cut the ends. In this way, you can chop all the onion you want without taking a tear.
This peculiar way of using the microwave in a different way also serves for other basic condiments of Mediterranean cuisine. If you want to peel garlic easily to be able to cut them faster, you just have to heat them in the micro for 15 seconds. You can perform the same procedure with peaches and tomatoes.
If you want to easily remove the skin from larger vegetables, simply heat them in the microwave for a little longer than the onions.
6. Recover crispy bread and chips
How many disappointments we have taken when, using the bag of chips that was open at the bottom of the kitchen cabinet, we discovered that they were soft. More than once, wanting to enjoy a good sandwich in the middle of the afternoon, we found the bread like a rubber band on the basket full of crumbs.
Nobody would think that there is a remedy to make crisps crisp again. But what would happen if we told you that there is a solution?
You just have to take the potatoes and wrap them in a paper napkin, put everything in the microwave and heat it between 10 and 15 seconds. In this way, the potatoes will recover their original crunchy texture (if they were stale, at least they will have that fantastic touch that we like so much).
In the case that the bread is soft, we can “resuscitate” it and enjoy it again in a tastier state by simply wrapping it in a paper moistened previously. Then, we put the bread in the microwave for 10 seconds at maximum power and enjoy a batch worthy of, at least, a good sandwich.
5. Make plasticine in the microwave
With this simple recipe for parents and children, you can make the most of the microwave and make it a plasticine factory with which to enjoy with the smallest of the house.
Who would have thought that this appliance, which sometimes we associate with early mornings or lazy moments, could become the origin of fantasy and the perfect means to avoid having to visit the corner stationery to make your young children happy.
Here you have the way to make plasticine with the microwave. For you to do well the dough, we explain step by step how to make fun kitchen to play with your children:
- First, mix in a bowl the amount of a glass of water with food coloring and a tablespoon of oil. (Make sure you can heat the bowl in the micro).
- Then beat it with two tablespoons of tartar sauce, a third of a cup of salt and a cup of flour.
- Cover the bowl with a paper napkin and heat it in the mic for 30 seconds.
- Remove the bowl and beat it again with a spoon to mix everything well.
- Heat it again for another 30 seconds.
- Repeat this process twice more (if the mixture is still watery, repeat it one more time).
Once you have a thick paste, enjoy shaping and pringarte hands with your children with this simple recipe to make plasticine using the microwave.
4. Clean socks quickly in the microwave
If you have, all dirty socks and urgently need to clean a couple of them, with this fantastic trick you can use the microwave as a washing machine, since it will allow you to carry out an express cleaning.
One of the functions of microwaves is to eliminate germs given the high temperatures they reach.
Fill a large bowl with soap and water, dip soiled socks in the container and put it inside the microwave for 10 minutes. When they are ready, drain them and let them dry.
You’ll have a pair of clean socks ready without having to do a full wash.
It may seem a little unhygienic, but of course, it can be very useful in case of emergency.
3. Cooking of legumes express
How many times have you not declined to cook chickpeas because you did not feel like doing the whole process of putting them in water and having to wait for them to soften?
With this practical trick, you can use your microwave to cook legumes quickly and, most importantly, without having to soak them.
To quickly cook a few beans, dip them in a bowl of water, add a pinch of sodium bicarbonate and heat in the mic for 10 minutes at maximum power. In this way, you can prepare a recipe to your liking and allow yourself the pleasure of enjoying a good dish of “fabes”.
In case you want to prepare a good plate of lentils, you just have to follow the same process. However, you will only have to heat the container for 2 minutes.
Legumes are a tasty and inexpensive option to feed yourself. With this microwave trick you can cook vegetables without having to wait for them to soften for hours . Enjoy healthy food!
2. How to clean your microwave easily
Have you heard about pyrolysis?
It is a self-cleaning system integrated in some modern ovens that facilitates the cleaning task. In this case, we are going to tell you a practical advice to clean the microwave making use of its own characteristics.
A way to make him wash his face “by himself” as if it were a “micro pyrolysis”. We offer you three options
First option: Fill a bowl with water and squeeze half a lemon into it. Place the bowl in the microwave and run it at its maximum power for 3 minutes. Then, wait 5 more minutes before opening the microwave door. You will notice a fresh scent of lemon and you will have managed to disinfect it from some bacteria.
We recommend that after doing this, clean the walls of the microwave with kitchen paper to remove any dirt that may have come off.
Second option: In this case, it is about doing the same as in the previous case. Instead of using lemon, place a tablespoon of baking soda in the water and follow the same process as in the first option. Another trick to disinfect your microwave and keep it clean if you do not like the smell of lemon.
Third option: If you have real cleaning problems with your microwave, forget about lemon and bicarbonate. Take a scouring pad with soap and water and give it a good scrubbing. Of course, if you decide to turn it on for a couple of minutes at maximum power to disinfect, try to dry the water that may have been left with a cloth or paper towels.
1. Make a chocolate cake in the microwave or mugcake
If you do not have an oven, we’ll show you a recipe so you can enjoy a delicious chocolate cake made in your microwave.
This delicious advice will allow you to make a different use of the microwave to enjoy a dessert that is sure to repeat you have or do not have a visit. Probably more than once, you have regretted not living in a flat with an oven because you cannot cook baking. We have the solution and a secret: There are also pizzas for microwaves or to make the pan. You’re welcome!
But, if you crave a chocolate cake, this is all you need to make it in your microwave:
- A quarter cup of flour
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder without sugar
- One-quarter teaspoon of baking powder
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- A pinch of salt
- A quarter cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Mix the ingredients dry and then add the milk and oil. Then put the microwave at full power for 60 to 90 seconds and … ready!
You will have a tasty chocolate cake without using an oven.