Unless you’ve been living in the dark ages, a microwave is one of the many appliances you have in your kitchen.  If you’re like us then you only use it to warm up left overs from yummy takeaways or to make the occasional bag of popcorn. However, there are many ways for you to use your microwave that make life all together easier.  Here are 4 of our favourites.

1. Get more juice from your citrus fruits

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If you take an orange, lemon or lime straight from the fridge and try to squeeze it, you’ll struggle to get a lot of juice from it effectively.  To save your time (and energy), put the whole fruit in the microwave on high for 20 seconds.  It might be hot when you take it out, so let it cool a little to avoid burning yourself.  Once cool, cut in half and juice away, you’ll be amazed at how much juice you get out of your fruit!

2. Scramble Eggs Faster

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Cooking eggs on the stove doesn’t take long, in fact 15 minutes at the most.  But why use 15 minutes to make delicious scrambled eggs, when you can do it only 90 seconds?  They’ll almost resemble a broken omelette and they wont’ be as creamy as eggs cooked on the stove, but they’ll be light and fluffy. Sounds like a no-brainer to me!

Microwave Scrambled Eggs Recipe

2 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon butter, optional

Crack two eggs into a microwave-safe bowl or mug. Add a splash of milk, season with salt and pepper, and then whisk to combine.

Microwave the eggs on high for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds to break up the curds as they set. Add a dab of butter, if you like. Eat immediately.

3. Garlic peeling made easy

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How annoying is it when you have to peel a whole bulb of garlic but the finicky, papery skin refuses to come off the cloves.  Rest assured, the amazing microwave helps here too.

Put the whole bulb in the microwave on high for 20 seconds.  Remove it after 10 seconds using mitts as it will be hot and check if the skin feels loose, if not, pop inside for the remaining time.  Once done remove the skin from each clove, easy peasy!  Unused cloves will keep for 1-2 days in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator.

4. Sanitise your sponge

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Did you know that your kitchen sponge is so riddled with bacteria it’s actually the dirtiest thing in your home! Disgusting right? While it’s important to regularly change your sponge, in this economy where we’re all trying to save money where we can, throwing it in the microwave is definitely a welcome solution.

Place your wet or damp sponge in the microwave for 1 minute, make sure it is damp as a dry sponge can catch fire.  The heat will dry out the sponge killing 99% of the bacteria living in it. Happy Days!

Article adapted from www.thekitchn.com

Images www.thekitchn.com & Noun Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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