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Things to do in your microwave
Microwaves in General
Member Name: Sandra-M
Microwaves in General
Date: 25/07/01, updated on 25/07/01 (630 review reads)
Advantages: Quicker, Healthier food, Less mess
Disadvantages: Takes some practice to perfect
I wouldn't be without my microwave.. and I thought I'd put a list together of what you can do with it...
(Note timings are for a Category B (800w) oven. A category D (650 w) will take longer.
Make sure that any dishes, cups you use are microwave proof before using.
1. Make Porridge without all the mess - You need a high sided dish - I use a glass pyrex one so I can see what's going on!
For two: Measure out 60g (1 Cup) Porridge oats. Put in a bowl with 400 ml (2 1/4 cups) milk and a pinch of salt (if you like). Cook on high for 4 1/2 to 6 mins (depending on your heating category). Leave to stand for 2 mins before serving.
2. Make scrambled eggs. Advantages: No saucepan to scrub and they won't burn!
For two people: Beat together two eggs, salt and peppar and two tablespoons milk.
Put in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Again a glass pyrex type dish is best.
Take out and whisk. Return to the microwave for a further minute on high, take out and mix (by now it should be almost firm). Return for a final minute. Should be done now. (These tiings are for a 800w Category D oven, others may take longer).
3. Frozen peas - Just put in a dish add some water and salt and cover (I use a slotted plastic cover for microwaves). Cook on high for 3 mins.
4. Baked beans/peas - Put in a dsh and cook on high for 2 mins
5. Warm plates - Put on high for 3 mins. Mine seem to stay warm for at least 20 mins.
6. Reheat drinks - Ever made a cup of tea and fogotten about it. If it is quite cool, put back in for 20 seconds on high. Caution: Make sure your cup is microwave proof and stir it when it comes out before drinking.
7. Pre-cook roast potatoes. Put them all in a microwavable bowl with some water to just about cover them and salt and cook on high for 8 minutes. Drain and put in the oven. This has the same result as par-boiling on the stove but is quicker. <
8. Jacket potatoes. An average potato will take up to 8/9 mins on high. I wash and prick mine all over with a fork, run in some olive oil and put in a dish. Just test with a nice to see if it's done all the way through.
9. Brocolli - cut brocolli into florets and put into a dish with a small amount of water, add salt. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes. I find the brocolli is perfectly cooked and retains a bright green colour so I prefer cooking it this way to on the hob.
Hope this is useful.