8 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do
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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.
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. [slideshow:
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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