8 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

Here's proof that your microwave can do more than you think

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Your microwave is super helpful. Learn why!

Imagine Lois Lane’s surprise when she finally learns that the nerdy, predictable, and buttoned- down Clark Kent is in fact the super-strong, faster than a speeding bullet, hunky Superman. The man she had grown accustomed to was, in fact, not who she thought he was. She learned that he was capable of so much more, things no one else could do! What if I told you have a Superman right under your nose? Meet your Superman, or shall we say Superapplianace: the microwave.

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No, I’m not kidding. Your microwave, like a certain Mr.Kent, is there when you need it, perhaps even comforting in times of need, but doesn't really offer anything new. You know it to serve A, B, and C purposes. Need popcorn? Zap! Microwave has your back. You need to nuke your leftovers? Microwave! And let’s not get started on the bevy of TV dinners that are available nowadays that a microwave can rock in a jiffy.

Like Clark, your microwave is reliable but one demensional. It's main purpose, if not only, is to reheat food. Right there is your first mistake because microwaves can actually cook many foods. Those of you in the know are privy to sanitizing your kitchen sponges and cutting boards in the microwave but that’s about as useful as it gets, right? So you think.

I’m not suggesting your microwave can rescue you from burning buildings and other perils. What your microwave can do, however, is save you money by rescuing foods that you may have otherwise thrown away. Rescue missions aside, it can also help you with other tasks like not crying over onions, peeling your foods, and drying your herbs. Now tell me what man, super or otherwise, will always be there for you to do all that and heat up a cup of hot cocoa? Your microwave!

Keep reading on to find out why your microwave is a super appliance. 

Helps You With Your Tears

Will your microwave wipe away your tears and tell you its all going to be OK? No, that's what your friends are for. Your microwave will, however, help make the experience of cutting onions less emotional. Simply microwave your onion for 30 seconds and you'll see that your peeling and chopping will no longer induce tears. 

Makes Time Travel Possible

How many times have you wanted to cook beans but you can't because you didn't soak them overnight? That's where your microwave saves the day. Again.  You want to allocate 3 cups of water for every 1 cup of dry beans. Place beans in water in a large microwave-safe dish, cover, and cook on the highest setting until it boils, about 15 minutes. Remove beans from the microwave and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans, discard water, and then rinse beans with fresh, cool water. Its like you traveled back in time and soaked your beans overnight! 

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At our house, before we have ice cream, we place the carton in the microwave for about 15 seconds to make the delicacy easier to "scoop" out...My young grand daughters know the trick and think it's rather funny.....

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Alton Brown said a microwave is not a death knell for cooking and is actually quite versatile, but does tend to kill seasonings. So as long as you remember to season the food extra-well, pretty much anything can be cooked reasonably well in it.

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When I was a kid, Mom and Grandma put fresh shucked corn in the dishwasher to blanche it! It was a lot faster and it didn't heat up the kitchen with boiling pots of water.

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Dimensional is correct spelling. Microwaving denatures food; do enzymes survive the radical reverberations??? Doubt that vitamins survive!!! What's the rush with food preparation?????

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I haven't soaked beans overnight for 50 years, ever since I learned that the process causes just enough fermentation so that the gas some people get from eating beans is increased. I cover the beans with water, bring it to a boil, discard that water, rinse, then do it again. Then cover with water and cook as usual. Those two "rinsings" eliminate the gas problem, it's so quick that none of the nourishment is leached out, and the beans cook beautifully.

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Microwaves change the integrity of your food. I won't ever use a microwave. It's like eating whole foods or processed foods. You can cook clean or you can cook in a way that removes everything good about your food. IE: using a microwave.

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Fresh corn-on-the-cob is a pain to make ... but I learned how to cook it in the microwave and it's the best we ever tasted. Fast and easy:

Two ears of fresh corn:

Remove the outter husks. Leave the inner husks on. Cut off the very ends of the cob.

Wrap each ear in wet paper towels ( I use three sheets each, still attached to each other. )

Put both ears on micro-safe plate. Nuke on "high" for 10 minutes.

wrap each ear in alum foil when done in microwave if you are not ready for them right away.

Peel off husks and enjoy.

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My way is easier: Place the husked ears on a plate, cover with waxed paper or plastic wrap
and nuke on high 6 minutes. Add another minute or two for additional ears, up to 5.

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No! No! No! Do not 'dry' your herbs in the microwave. The technique described in this article results in cooked herbs. You have driven out all the essential oils with the water, so lose all the flavor. Be patient and air dry them. Heat is the enemy here.

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No! No! No! Do not 'dry' your herbs in the microwave. The technique described in this article results in cooked herbs. You have driven out all the essential oils with the water, so lose all the flavor. Be patient and air dry them. Heat is the enemy here.

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The information is very interesting, but does no one proofread these articles before they are posted? Two blatant spelling errors: superappliance and dimensional should be the correct spellings.
Even the Captcha I have to enter to post this is spelled wrong. The word should be breathe!

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I buy almost everything except food and clothing from online auctions most people aren’t aware of the almost I unbelievable deals that they can get from online auction sites the site that has the best deals is
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I checked with the BBB and was told that it is all legit. How they can sell gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, I don’t know I do know that I bought my son an ipad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Low gift cards for $48. Why would I even think about shopping anyþlace else ?

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