This month, we’re making that notoriously busy back-to-school month easier than ever by focusing on microwave cooking. Not just for hot pockets and popcorn, microwaves are great for all sorts of quick dishes and desserts.
Check out our recipes for breakfast, dinner, and dessert. Then, pull out your glassware and get ready to rock, because microwave cooking is so easy! It keeps the kitchen clean, and puts out mighty delicious meals. (So long as you know the secrets…!)
1. Cook In Bursts
The microwave is made to cook quickly, so it zaps everything in its path. To ensure your recipes aren’t overcooked, always cook your recipes in “bursts”, breaking the cooking time up into thirds. If pasta needs to cook for 15 minutes, set the microwave for 5 minutes, then remove and stir. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then remove and stir again before finishing the cooking. This gives you a little more control over your cooking, allowing you to monitor the process along the way, and ensuring a delicious finished product!
2. Rotate, Rotate, Rotate
If you don’t have an automatic rotating plate inside your microwave, plan on rotating your recipe at least once every 1-2 minutes or so. Since microwaves cook from the inside out, you’ll want to move the recipe around the center of the oven to ensure it’s as evenly cooked as possible.
3. Bake On High
You can use your microwave to “bake” and “boil” foods you might otherwise cook in the oven, or on the stovetop. Just remember to always set your microwave to max strength when making recipes microwaveable. Cakes cooked on low, for instance, will yield a hard, spongy final texture. But cook them on high and you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference from your oven baked cake.
4. Stick to Microwave-Only Recipes
Though some recipes can be shortcut with the microwave, you’ll always get superior results by sticking to a recipe meant for the microwave. Don’t expect a steak, for example, to be cooked in the microwave in a way that’s even close to restaurant-quality. It’ll be cooked alright, but from the inside out…which is typically the worst way ever to cook a cut of beef.
5. Microwave Meat With Caution
If you like meat boiled, then it’s likely microwavable. Chicken cooked in the microwave tastes great when it’s chopped into chicken salad. Meatballs are A-OK to precook in the microwave before tossing them into an Italian Meatball Soup. Pork and steak cuts will generally emerge from your microwave looking grey and tasting like a hockey puck. The secret? If you want to cook meat, cover it with a little water and plastic wrap, and expect the final texture to be similar to what you’d get if you’d boiled the meat on the stovetop.
Try these three tasty recipes in your microwave.
1.) 5-Minute Microwave Maple Bacon Breakfast Sandwich