There has been some mention elsewhere on the forum about using microwaves (or in some cases not using them!). A lot of people who consider themselves serious about food scorn microwaves and state that they would never own or use one. There is a mythology that microwaves are only any good for reheating food or cooking ready meals. Is this a kind of snobbery or is it a misconception about the true potential of the microwave? Now, I am a huge fan of microwaves but I still feel I could use it for more things than I do. A few of the things I do use it for are simply magic: Cooking whole globe artichokes to perfection in a fraction of the time it takes to boil or steam them Cooking corn on the cob (ditto) Making bechamel sauce Melting chocolate or butter Steaming vegetables Popcorn Heating a lemon or lime to produce more juice Scrambled eggs (watched like hawk!) Speeding up proving bread dough Making treacle sponge pudding So - are you a fan of the microwave? How do you use it? If you aren't a fan, do you think you could be overlooking its true potential?