Ask most people what they think the microwave is used for and they will most likely say it is used to heat up food. This is true, but a microwave can be used for many other things in the kitchen.
It’s a life saver in the kitchen and will definitely cut down on your cooking time once you get the hang of the hack. Some of them include:
To dry herbs/leaves: If you have an abundance of fresh herbs that you need to store (for example, jute leaves, popularly called ewedu), you can do this by using your microwave to dry them. Wash the leaves well to remove dirt and pat them dry if there is still water on them. Take some of the herbs at a time, place them between two paper towels and heat them in the microwave on high power for two to three minutes. If they need to dry more, continue for another 30 seconds. When they are done, take them out and use your fingers to break the leaves. Store them in an airtight container.
Peeling Garlic: Peeling garlic can be stressful because of its size and also because of its strong smell. To avoid this, place the garlic in a bowl and microwave it for about 40 to 50 seconds. The heat from the microwave will draw the moisture out of the garlic clove. The skin of the garlic will easily slide off after this if you try to use your hand to peel them.
To fry an egg: Brush your bowl with oil and crack the egg into it. Add a pinch of salt and cover. Place in the microwave and cook for 15 seconds. If it isn’t cooked after 15 seconds, place it back inside and cook for another 15 seconds until done.
Chopping onions without tears: Cut off the ends of the onion, then heat them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. After this you are tear-free while cutting your onions.
Ripen bananas: If you can’t wait for a bunch of bananas to ripen, you can use the microwave to speed up the process. Simply use a fork to poke holes in the bananas to prevent them from exploding, then microwave for a minute or two.
NOTE: To clean your microwave, measure approximately 1/2 cup of water in a bowl. Cut a lemon in half and place them in the water. Drop both halves into the water after squeezing as well. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for about three minutes to allow the liquid to come to a boil. Do not open the microwave yet. Leave it inside for another five minutes. The steam contained in it helps to dislodge any whole food particles that may be trapped in the microwave. After that, you can open the microwave, remove the bowl and wipe thoroughly.
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