Using Microwave for Dummies!

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Cooking in a microwave oven is unlike any kind of conventional cooking. You must follow a different set of microwave-specific cooking rules.
Although you can’t microwave every kind of food, your microwave oven can be a useful cooking tool which will help you save ample time.

Microwaving has some ground rules that you need to bear in mind :

  • Don’t use traditional metal utensils in your microwave: Microwaves can’t pass through metal, so food will not cook if you use traditional utensils.

  • Don’t try recipes that require a lot of water, such as pasta, rice: They don’t cook well in a microwave and will probably cook in less time on the regular gas stove.

  • Use the defrost power setting (30 to 40 percent of full power) while thawing food: Doing so will ensure that the foods defrosts in a slow and even manner. Turning and rotating the food at intervals also helps as you defrost.

  • Arrange food items so that they cook evenly: Face the thickest parts, like broccoli stalks, outward toward the oven walls. Arrange foods of the same size and shape, such as potatoes, in a circle or square with space between them and no item in the center.

  • Cover dishes: A cover eliminates splattering, and it also cuts down on cooking time.

  • Frequently stir, turn, and rotate foods: This ensures an even distribution of heat.

  • Cut foods into small pieces, if possible: Small pieces cook more quickly than large ones.

  • Before cooking, use a fork to pierce foods that have skins, such as potatoes, hot dogs, hard boiled eggs and sausages: Piercing allows steam to escape that could otherwise lead to sudden popping and splattering.

    And also bear in mind that your Microwave requires frequent cleaning :

    For this mix a cup of water with ¼ cup of vinegar together in a bowl. Pop it in your microwave and heat for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dirty your microwave is. Once done, leave the bowl inside with the door closed for a couple of minutes to give it some time to work. Remove the bowl and wipe your Microwave with a damp cloth– the dried and burnt food and curry should come off without any scrubbing required!

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