Microwave What? 15 things you didn't know you could microwave.

and some things you shouldn't

By Jenny Sites November 12, 2020

We use our microwave daily to warm food, but here are a few things you might not know you could do easily with your microwave:

  1. Cook Bacon – put your bacon over the top of an upside down bowl sitting on a plate.  Cook for about 5 minutes. The plate will catch the grease. 
  2. Steam Milk – place about ½ a cup of milk I glass jar and shake it. Microwave for about  30 seconds and you will end up with steamed foamed milk.
  3. Citrus – microwaving an orange, lemon or lime for about 30 -45 seconds will let you squeeze out a lot more of its juice.
  4. Garlic – You can roast garlic in the microwave. it takes about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Toast nuts – coat nuts in a oil and place them in a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, 1 minute, stir and repeat each minute until roasted. It usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Clumpy Brown Sugar – remove clumps from your brown sugar by covering a bowl of brown sugar with a wet paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds, stir and repeat if needed.
  7. Tear free Onion slicing – cut off the top and bottom of your onion, microwave it for 25 seconds. This will cut back on the tears.
  8. Soaked Beans – if  you find that you have a recipe that needs “soaked beans” but you haven’t soaked them yet, you can put them in the microwave. Place 1 cup of dry beans in 3 cups of water. Microwave them for 15 minutes and then allow them to sit in the water for about an hour.
  9. Shuck Corn – cut one end off the unshucked cob, microwave for 30 seconds and then pull the other end off.
  10. Clean your sponge – put your soaking wet sponge in the microwave for about 90-2 minutes to kill germs.

While we're talking about things you can microwave, lets remind you of a few you should NOT microwave:

  • Aluminum, tin foil, silverware, plates with metal trim and the like.
  • Grapes, hardboiled eggs and water - they could all explode when you open the microwave door. (My friend had a hardboiled egg explode in her face when she opened the microwave door. It really can happen. She had to wear an eyepatch for weeks)
  • Styrofoam and plastic containers - they melt
  • Hot peppers  - they could catch on fire.