Tips that do the Trick
Did you know that you could dissolve jelly without adding water. Just microwave for forty-five seconds. Then you can add cold water gradually, stirring continuously thereby reducing the setting time.
If you have a jar of honey that has crystallised, remove the lid, place the jar in your microwave and heat on medium for two minutes.
To clean your oven and remove cooking odours, simply heat a cup of water with a slice of lemon for 2-3 min.
Increase the juice from citrus fruits by heating for forty seconds before squeezing. Do not heat empty plates in the microwave oven, as this can cause damage.
Did you know that sauces, soups, custards, etc. are fast and easy in a microwave? You don't have to keep stirring to get a smooth texture.
To peel tomatoes, place 2 cups of boiling water in a container, add the tomatoes and heat on high for 1 min. Plunge into cold water and the skin will peel of easily.
Freshen stale crackers, rolls or biscuits by placing on a rack or double thickness of kitchen towel and heating for 1 min then allowing standing time of 2-3 min.
BBQ parties, most chefs agree that it is safer to pre-cook food (particularly meats) in the microwave and finish on the barbecue.
Covering food in the microwave traps steam for cooking and keeps food hot during standing time. Food that you wouldn't normally steam (eg. Cakes, breaded fish, sauces) shouldn't be covered. For everything else, make sure the lid is on properly to keep the steam in the container. (In the case of "snap-on" lids, just rest them on top so any excess steam can escape).