Microwaves can be used for a lot more than just reheating food. Here are some ideas for tasty dishes which will save you chunks of time by being cooked in this way.
- Scrambled Egg: Mix eggs, milk, salt and pepper together, then pour the mix into a microwaveable bowl, and cook on high power for around two minutes. Stir the mixture every 30 seconds. The egg is ready when the mixture goes light, fluffy, and no liquid is still visible. Serve on toast.
- Jacket Potato: Wash your potato, and then pierce it several times with a fork. Microwave on high power for 8-10 minutes, until the inside is soft. Serve with the filling of your choice.
- Rice: Place the rice in a large bowl with plenty of boiling water. Cover with a loose-fitting lid (or a plate), and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir the rice, reduce the power to medium, and cook for another 6-8 minutes. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes, then drain and serve.
- Porridge: Mix porridge oats with milk, then cook on high power for 1 ½ minute. Stir, and then repeat this process. Serve on its own, or with fresh fruit.
The Benefits of Microwave Cooking
There are many benefits of using a microwave when cooking:
- Speed: You can slash the time it takes to carry out many cookery operations by using a microwave. This includes, but is not limited to, melting, baking, poaching, thawing and boiling.
- Cost: Compared to conventional ovens, microwaves are relatively cheap. This applies not only to the initial outlay when purchasing the item but also to the ongoing running costs, with a microwave running at around 75% less power than an oven.
- Space Saving: Microwaves are ideal for people with limited space in their kitchen.
- Safety: Due to the fact that the outside of the microwave remains cool during the cooking process, there is a reduced risk of accidental burns. As they are relatively light they can also be put at a suitable height so that they are out of the reach of children, but at a comfortable height for adults.
- Easy Cleaning: It is easy to clean the inside walls of a microwave with a damp cloth. The turntable can also be removed and cleaned separately. Due to the fairly compact size of the device, it also takes a lot less time and effort to clean than a conventional oven.