Here are some cool things you can do with a microwave that you might not have have heard before…
Make smores. You don’t have to wait for your next camping trip to enjoy this tasty little treat! Just top a graham cracker with a piece of thin chocolate and a marshmallow. Put it in the microwave for about 7 seconds.
Peel an onion. To peel onions more easily, place them in a covered container and microwave for 1 to2 minutes at 100% power. This also helps to remove the "hot" flavor from the onions you wish to serve uncooked (like onion slices to use on hamburgers).
Soften brown sugar. According to Real Simple magazine, you keep the sugar in its plastic packaging, add a few drops of water, and heat on medium for 10 to 20 seconds.
Cook pasta. A good ratio of pasta-to-water is 1 cup of pasta to 1 quart of water for elbows. For spaghetti use a little less water. For penne pasta, use a little more water. Microwave on high for about 20 minutes.
Get more juice from citrus fruits. When taken straight from the fridge, lemons and limes are harder to juice than if they’re warmed slightly. To get the most juice, microwave for 20 seconds before squeezing.
Roast garlic. In less than 8 minutes (compared to 45 in the oven), you can have fresh roasted garlic!
Soften ice cream. How many times have you tried to dig a spoon into ice cream only to have it bend? The freezer can turn any half gallon box of ice cream into a rock! Softening it in the microwave for a few seconds really does the trick.
Dry flowers. Drying flowers is faster when you use a microwave! It’s worth noting that flowers with thick petals don’t dry well this way, and more delicate petal flowers (like pansies) dry quickly so be careful to watch.
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