A microwave is a handy kitchen tool which most people use for reheating leftovers and cooking things like pre-packaged meals. However, there is much, much more that this multi-talented and flexible piece of technology can do. Seartec, proud distributor of Sharp, has compiled this handy guide of things that can be done in a microwave, to help you save time and get the most out of your microwave.
Keeping things clean and germ free
A microwave is extremely good for disinfecting kitchen equipment, like those used in preparing raw chicken, as well as removing odours. Soak kitchen sponges in water with a little lemon juice and heat on high for a minute. It works for cutting boards as well: wash the board, rub it with the cut side of a lemon and then heat for one minute.
Whip up quick and delicious meals
Don’t just reheat food – use your microwave to cook a wide variety of delicious meals, while seriously reducing cooking time. How about a wholesome dinner of braised salmon, green beans and potatoes in under ten minutes? You can braise, poach and steam in a microwave. Just adjust the cooking time to a quarter of the original mentioned the recipe book. If you own a microwave with a grill function you can even make crisp, juicy roasts that taste just as good as those done in a conventional oven. Toast nuts by microwaving small batches for four to eight minutes, or make dried herbs in a flash by placing them on a paper plate and microwaving at 60 second intervals until they are dry. This is a great way to preserve left-over herbs and eliminate waste.
Bakers can also use a microwave to their advantage. Whip up a quick loaf of bread – there are plenty of recipes online, such as this one: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/easy-microwave-bread/81202. Or make a delicious five-minute chocolate cake in a mug, for a decadent chocolate treat that is only five minutes away.
Even coffee enthusiasts can benefit from the convenience of a microwave by making steamed milk for their coffees, lattes and cappuccinos by microwaving milk that has been vigorously shaken.
Use your microwave to look like a beauty queen
Microwaves are not just about food though. Use it for these time and money-saving beauty tips. Revive a tube of clumpy or dried-out mascara by putting the tube in the microwave next to a glass of water, and microwave for 30 seconds, then test the consistency and microwave for longer if needed. Dye fabric in four short minutes by combining the dye with water, adding the item you want to dye and microwaving on high. Heat some coconut oil or olive oil on a low power setting for 15 seconds for warm oil that is perfect for rubbing onto your cuticles to keep them moisturised.
The Sharp R-990N microwave oven has both convection and grill functionality and the capacity to cook family-sized meals. It has two shelves for multi-layered cooking and auto-cook menu functions. Simple to use and powerful, it can be used for all of the tips above and so much more, earning it the title of Fair Lady’s Consumer Best Buy for 2015. For more information on the R-990N or any of Seartec’s product offerings or call 0800 474 277 for an obligation-free quote.