Ping! Packet rice, ready meals, reheating custard - microwaves already save us so much time and energy. But what if they could save you even more?
Today we're sharing 20 amazing microwave hacks to help you get even more out of this genius little piece of electrical equipment.
Discover how to use your microwave to peel garlic, froth milk and even make two-minute cupcakes today!
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1. How to peel a garlic clove - the easy way!
Garlic is super tasty, hence why it's in so many recipes.
The only problem? Peeling it.
Peeling garlic can be super fiddly unless you use a microwave, that is.
Head the garlic bulb in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and you'll be able to pull the skin straight off.
2. The best way to make scrambled eggs
We all have our own favourite way of scrambling eggs - with butter or oil, the perfect amount of salt, and maybe some herbs for extra zing?
Forget all you know about scrambling eggs - today we're teaching you how to make them in the microwave.
Scrambling eggs in the microwave is so easy. Simply pour your perfect egg mix into a microwaveable container, microwave on high for one minute, stir, then repeat for a further minute.
3. How to soften brown sugar instantly
Have you ever been making a recipe that requires brown sugar, only to go and find it hard and stuck together in a bag in your cupboard?
You can easily remedy this baking catastrophe using your microwave. Pop your brown sugar into a microwaveable container and place a damp sheet of kitchen roll on top.
Zap for 20 seconds, remove, and your sugar will look brand new again.
4. Get more juice out of your lemons & limes
Depending on the ripeness of your lemons/limes, getting juice out of them can be quite a hard task.
Want to save time, and energy?
To make things easier, zap your citrus fruit on high for 10 seconds before juicing.
5. How to heat multiple things in the microwave
Have you ever wanted to heat two plates of food at once?
Don't leave your meal go cold - we have a clever tip that means you can microwave on multiple levels.
To try it, pop an upturned mug next to the plate in your microwave. Then place the second item on top of the mug.
Voilà! A microwave shelf.
6. How to heat food evenly in the microwave
Talking of heating issues in the microwave, have you ever heated up a ready meal only to find parts of it cold inside?
Some of this can't be helped, as each food has a different rate of energy absorption (related to its water content).
However, spreading your food out evenly in the container and making sure it's not stacked too high, will help the microwave do its job more successfully.
We know you're going to love this next tip...
7. How to froth milk in a microwave
We love a frothy cappuccino here at Expert Home Tips.
You too? Well, what if we told you it was possible to make a deliciously-frothy, barista-quality cappuccino at home?
All you need is milk, and a microwave!
Pour some milk into a microwaveable container, shake for 30 seconds, then place in the microwave with the lid off, and microwave for a further 30 seconds.
Add it to your coffee and you've got a coffee-shop style cappuccino in the comfort of your own home.
8. How to peel fruit & vegetables, the easy way
There are lots of recipes that require fruit and vegetables to first be prepared before you add them to the pot.
If you're ever required to skin the peel on fruit such as peaches or tomatoes, your microwave can help speed things up for you.
Pop the items on a microwaveable plate and heat for 30 seconds on high, then leave to cool for a further two minutes.The skin should glide straight off.
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9. Healthy mug cake recipe
The idea of a cake, made in the microwave in two minutes, which is also healthy, may seem too good to be true.
But we promise, it's not.
Our healthy, chocolate mug cake recipe requires as little as three ingredients, and can be in your mouth as just as many.
If you have an egg, banana and some bicarbonate of soda to hand, whip one up in your microwave today!
10. How to dry your own herbs
If you've bought a whole lot of herbs for a one-off recipe, and are worried you won't use the rest, don't fret.
Want to know how to save your herbs for later?
You can dry your own herbs at home in the microwave. Pop them onto a piece of paper towel and microwave on high for a minute, turn, then repeat at 30-second intervals until dry.
11. How to make healthy potato chips...in the microwave!
Don't let crips be your diet's downfall - learn how to make our microwave-cooked, healthy version today.
All you need to do is finely slice potatoes with a mandolin or sharp knife, and space them out onto a microwaveable plate. Microwave them for 3 minutes at a time, decreasing the power level and flipping them over each time.
It takes a bit of effort, but we promise they are worth it!
12. How to clean a microwave - in seconds!
Urgh - tomato sauce and goodness knows what else. It's time to get your microwave clean.
What you need, is our clever tip...
Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a bowl of water, and add the segments too. Microwave on high for three minutes, remove, and all the debris in your gunked-up microwave should wipe clean off.
13. Get toasty, tasty nuts
Toasted nuts don't have to be complicated.
Your microwave can also be used to get this job done quicker.
Sound good? Here's how...
Spread nuts onto a microwave-safe plate and zap them for 5 minutes or so, stopping regularly to give them a good mix.
14. How to save crystallised honey
Crystallised honey? Don't worry, there's still time to save it!
With a quick zap in the microwave, you can quickly bring it back to life again.
15. The best way to cook corn on the cob
Corn on the cob can be a tricky thing to cook, but it doesn't have to be.
Make enjoying this healthy vegetable easier than ever by using your microwave.
Learn how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave in three minutes flat in the video below.
16. How to make a warm compress
When it comes to applying heat to sore muscles, it's the quicker, the better.
That's why we recommend using your microwave to make a warm compress.
It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is wet a flannel, roll it up, then place inside a microwaveable bag. Heat on high for 30-60 seconds, and remove.
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17. How to rehydrate stale bread
A bacon butty isn't quite the same in a stale cob.
Luckily for you, we have a really clever tip to help make your bread as fresh as the day you bought it again.
To try, wrap your bread in a damp sheet of kitchen towel and microwave on high for 10 seconds.
18. How to reheat food without drying it out
Let's face it - reheated, microwave pizza is never as good as freshly-cooked.
Want to reheat your day-old takeaway without turning it into a tasteless mess?
Here's the trick: place a cup half filled with water in the microwave alongside your pizza. It will add moisture to the air and make your pizza taste fresher.
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19. Crisp up your bacon
How do you like your bacon?
Here at Expert Home Tips, we love nothing more than a super-crispy, bacon roll.
To achieve perfect crispiness, we often choose to microwave our bacon. Not only does it reduce fat-content, but also yields seriously crunchy results!
To try it, place a microwaveable bowl onto a plate, and lie your bacon rashers across the bowl. Place a piece of paper towel on top, the microwave for one minute, flip, and repeat.
20. Homemade microwave parmesan bowls
We're not quite sure what we'd put in these, but we definitely like the idea of them.
The Yummy Life has come up with this amazing way to turn cheese into edible bowls that's surprisingly quick yet so impressive.
Make her Parmesan Cheese Bowls today and surprise your party guests!
Got some cool, microwave tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!