I remember when my parents got our first microwave. I wasn’t even at school. My Dad proudly brought home an enormous brown electronic box, placed it carefully on the bench and it was used every day after that until it blew up 20 years later..
My parents stopped boiling the kettle. They would warm their mug of water for 60 seconds before adding a teaspoon of instant coffee for their morning cup of joe. My mum baked cakes in special microwave baking dishes. When you’re five, a cake that takes three minutes to cook is a damn miracle.
My mum had strong microwave game. For years she would cook everything in the microwave. Baked potatoes, oriental chicken drumsticks, a chicken, mustard and cheese casserole that is to this day my sister’s favourite food.
I never really understood why you would microwave food though. I even reheat leftover curry and pasta sauce on the stove top.
I need to up my microwave game though, I think. Did you know you could make taco shells in a microwave? Or make cafe-style poached eggs? Or dry herbs? I literally had no idea.
Appliances Online’s Five Favourite Microwave Hacks
1. Peeling Garlic – Peeling garlic can be a pain, but with the help of your microwave you will have those cloves out of the skin in no time. Simply heat the garlic for 15 seconds, and then peel away the skin in half the time.
2. Eggs – Poached, scrambled or sunny side up – the microwave is guaranteed to save time when cooking eggs.
Poached: Crack an egg in half a glass of water. Add a splash of vinegar to help the egg stay together. Cover the glass with a plate and heat for 60 seconds. Voila! Who said poaching eggs is difficult?
Scrambled: Grease a mug with olive oil spray. Mix two eggs, a dash of milk and half a handful of cheese in a mug. Microwave for 60 seconds. Top with herbs and the remaining handful of cheese.