5 Ways to Use Your Microwave

We don’t have a microwave. We did, but we had a tiny kitchen and a little old microwave that did the bare minimum. So, when it died we decided that we needed the space more than the microwave. Priorities and all that. However, we’ve now got a bigger kitchen, and microwaves, like everything else have moved on a little bit. A Panasonic combi microwave oven (A sponsored link) for example could do a lot more than warm up your baked beans.

I don’t miss mine often. In all honesty, it’s not that much more of an effort to heat a tin of beans on the hob. But, sometimes, I really miss it and am tempted to buy another. Those times when you just think “A microwave could have done that in seconds.” Here are five of the ways that I miss owning a microwave, or five of the ways that you could use yours.

To Reheat Coffee

This is probably the number one way that I miss the microwave. I’ve got two kids, and I work from home. I couldn’t begin to imagine how many cups of tea and coffee I let go cold before I’ve had chance to drink them. And I cannot stand cold or even warm coffee, I don’t even like the smell. It needs to be hot and no one is going to reheat a cup of coffee on the hob, it’s faster to make a new one. To avoid waste I end up boiling the kettle and adding a little bit of boiling water to warm it up, which makes it weak and rubbish. A microwave is the answer!

Baked Potatoes

We eat some pretty nice meals. We try to cook fresh where we can, and like to try new things as often as possible. But. Honestly, nothing beats a jacket potato with lashings of butter, baked beans and a massive helping of cheese. Comforting, warming, filling and tasty. Best thing ever.

A jacket potato in the oven is perfect. But it takes forever. To get a big potato nice and soft in the middle, you need to know that you are going to eat it a good 90minutes in advance. I plan my dinners, but at lunchtime, I’m very much a see how I feel type girl. Which means I often leave it to late too get my much craved for jacket potato in the oven. A microwave could give you the same results in about 6 minutes. A fab lunch in a hurry!

Leftover Sunday Lunch

As a rule, I think most foods reheat pretty well in the oven with a splash of water to stop them from drying out. Sunday lunch just never seems quite the same though. I find that gravy goes a little lumpy and weird and without it the meat dries out and the potatoes go hard. Not for me. A microwave reheats leftovers quickly and easily.

Fixing Honey

Crystallised honey hasn’t gone bad. There’s nothing wrong with it and it’s still fine to use. But, it’s difficult and most of us end up wasting it. Take the lid off, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and it’s good to go. It’s handing for softening brown sugar too.

Refreshing Stale Bread

I love homemade bread. I bake it as often as I can, and it doesn’t usually last long. But, the lack of preservatives means that while homemade bread is fresh, tasty and good for you, it doesn’t last as long as store-bought. If it’s not eaten the same day, it does start to harden around the edges. Without a microwave, this bread is usually reserved for toast. Popping slices in the microwave for 10 seconds is a great way to bring it back to life.

Of course, these aren’t the only things that you can do with your microwave. You can use it to cook meals and make mug cakes. There are also many, many uses for a microwave that have ntohignt to do with food! It’s certainly a useful thing to have. I say as I head off to order a new one!

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