Monday, February 27, 2012

Seven unexpected uses for your microwave

Seven unexpected uses for your microwave

All kitchens have a microwave. Many people use them to heat only the most advanced food and preparing complete meals, but there are several uses that even the most experienced cook in the microwave will be surprised.

1. Soften brown sugar
Brown sugar tends to harden so that seems stone. But you need not break your hand trying to pull a few pieces. Moisten a paper towel and place them on the brick of brown sugar. Give 30 seconds in the microwave and sugar will soften.

2. Cook bacon
You can get crispy bacon in the microwave and with less mess. It covers a microwave-safe plate with several sheets of paper towel. Add the bacon in a single layer. Cover with more paper towels and cook for two minutes.
3. As proofer
The microwave is perfect for a temporary proofer for the yeast to rise. The yeast needs warmth and humidity to rise. The sealed environment of the microwave and keep the heat trapped moisture. For maximum effectiveness, a cup of boiling water until steaming hot, then place the dough, close the door and waits.

4. Cooking fish
A steak in the microwave is almost like a shoe served as dinner. But the fish is another matter, can be cooked to perfection in the microwave. Simply wrap the fish with plastic safe for use in microwave with a little seasoning, like salt and pepper and a little lemon juice. Cook for two minutes on high. Depending on the term you want and the thickness of the fillet, is the cooking time, but very careful with not cook too.

5. Steamed Plant
The steaming basket on the stove not only takes longer, but when the plants are exposed to intense heat, they lose more water and thus, nutrients such as vitamin C, thiamine and vitamin B. The microwave cooking faster, minimizing the loss of nutrients.

6. Make potato
It is hard to believe that the chips can get crispy in the microwave, but possible. They are also healthier because they are not fried.

Ingredients: 1 1/3 pounds of red potatoes or Yukon, clean, 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Procedure: Cut the potatoes into thin slices and place in a bowl with salt and olive oil to coat. Cover with cooking spray a microwave safe dish. Place the slices in one layer in the dish. Kitchen and uncovered on high for 2 to 3 minutes until they begin to brown. Turn the slices and repeats until golden brown on both sides.

7. Clean the sponge in the kitchen
The sponges are a breeding ground for germs. It's easy to discard, but as not given away in stores, you could extend the life of your sponge to electrocute the germ for two minutes at high temperature. Make sure that the sponge is wet, but this way you could kill up to 99% of harmful bacteria.

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