You might not have heard anyone admit to loving a microwave, but I am an unabashed admirer of what my microwave can do.
Here are some of the tasks that I employ my microwave to do in record time—and, I suspect, with less energy than conventional methods:
- Steam ears of corn in their husks, which has the added benefit of making it easy to remove their silks.
- Cook winter squash completely (see microwave instructions in a previous post) or soften the squash so you can cut it in half to bake or add cut pieces to soup.
- Make a bowl of tomato soup or stewed tomatoes by chopping tomatoes or piercing cherry tomatoes and microwaving.
- Soften whole leaves of kale, Swiss chard, and collards and then chop into a serving of soup or stew.
- Shorten the soaking time of beans and legumes by microwaving in water until hot and then soaking.
- Cook cellophane or rice noodles.
- Prepare grains, like oatmeal, couscous, bulgur, and quinoa.
- Heat a moist washcloth for an instant facial spa treatment!
I’d love to know how you use your microwave.