Using the Microwave

Discussion in 'Kitchen Appliances, Cookware, Gadgets & Cookbooks' started by alexander, Jan 21, 2017.

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  1. alexander

    alexander Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    We live in a small London flat with a small kitchen but it does have a built in microwave. I must say that I don't use it much. I mostly use it to heat up left overs or to cook a ready meal. I was wondering if you guys have some good ideas of how to use it more creatively. And also how much do you all use microwaves?
     
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  2. Cinisajoy

    Cinisajoy Senior Member

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    Texas
    Popcorn, heating stuff up and softening butter. Also the kitchen timer on it gets used quite a bit.
     
  3. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I mainly use it for reheating leftovers, softening butter & making popcorn. :wink:
     
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  4. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Kick starting jacket potatoes (1.5 - 2.0 minutes each), defrosting food if I've forgotten to take it out of the freezer early enough and my wife uses it for warming milk for the cats. That's it really.

    [Edit: Also, re-heating previously cooked jacket potatoes].
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    So.... why aren't we cooking vegetables in the microwave, I wonder? Boiled potatoes for example.
     
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  6. Yorky

    Yorky Uncomfortably numb

    Serious unless I Googled it. I wouldn't know how to do that. I know how long to boil potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, etc., until they are to my liking. Learning new tricks is not in this old dog's itinerary any more.
     
  7. Cinisajoy

    Cinisajoy Senior Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Because vegetables do not taste the same cooked in a microwave.
     
  8. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Microwaving is supposed to be similar to steaming. It shouldn't affect taste... in what way do you think it does?
     
  9. Cinisajoy

    Cinisajoy Senior Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Where did you read that?
    Microwaving is no where close to steaming though you can steam in a microwave.
    It makes vegetables taste weird. I can't really describe it. And it changes the texture some.
    I know how you can test this. Cook your mushy peas in the microwave and see if there is a difference.
    You can boil in a microwave, you can just reheat, you can steam. Heck you can even bake a cake.
    You just have to use the proper vessel.
    So microwave and steam are two different things altogether.
     
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  10. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I cook frozen veggies in the microwave also. The ones that come in the pouch & butter-sauced. :wink:
     
  11. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.

    Yes you CAN steam in the microwave, especially veggies. They can be found in your grocer's freezer. :wink:
     
  12. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

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    Brighton, MA.
    Steam Veggies..jpg


    Here are some. :wink:
     
  13. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member Recipe Challenge Judge

    Yes we can get those too. You can also cook/steam fresh veg in the microwave.
     
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  14. Lullabelle

    Lullabelle Midlands, England

    Location:
    Leicester UK
    A pot of mash because it is easier than cookin/ mashing the spuds, occasionally porridge-3 minutes and it is done, M&S dimsum that is about it. Ours is hardly ever used but good to have as a back up.
     
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  15. Cinisajoy

    Cinisajoy Senior Member

    Location:
    Texas
    I said you could steam. But not all microwaving is steaming.
    @morning glory said MICROWAVING WAS LIKE STEAMING.
    It can steam, but not all microwaved food is steamed.
    You can also bake, boil, and even roast with the correct dishes in the microwave.
    So no a microwave is not just a steamer as morning glory implied.
     
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