Whether you’re on the go and need a quick meal or you have a sudden late-night craving, cooking can often prove to be an involved endeavor that you just don’t have time for. But thanks to these amazing microwave hacks we’ve uncovered, you’ll never have to bother with all the prep work, waiting, or even the cleanup again.
Have you ever experienced the frustration of buying a new tub of ice cream, only to struggle with scooping out the frozen treat? Well, there’s an easy solution to this dilemma: Simply microwave your tub for a few seconds and your ice cream will soften right up. Perhaps our favorite microwave hack, though, is one that involves snacks of the savory variety: making your very own crunchy, crispy potato chips at home. Skip the frying pan and messy oils and simply nuke thin potato slices for chips that rival your favorite bag of munchies.
It’s not just food help you can get from your microwave — there are even a couple of ways you can use the device to help keep your home clean without breaking a sweat. Ready to see what else we have in store Check out our tips below for even more brilliant microwave hacks that will simplify your life.
Did you know that you can use your microwave to…
1. Cook an egg.
No frying pans required! You can easily make scrambled or poached eggs in just 3 minutes by nuking them in the microwave.
For the scrambled option, simply beat milk and eggs in a bowl, sprinkle the concoction with salt and pepper, then zap it in the microwave for a minute and a half. Stop to stir, then continue to cook for the remaining time.
For poached eggs, add one egg, 1/3 cup water, and about 1/2 teaspoon vinegar to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook on 50 to 80 percent power for 60 seconds. If the egg is not quite done, place your bowl back in the microwave and cook on 50 percent power in 20-second bursts.
Corn On The Cob
2. Cook corn on the cob.
Who knew microwaving your corn could make it taste just as good as cooking it on the grill? After a few short minutes in the microwave, your corn will come out sweet and tender — plus, the husk will slide right off without all the hassle of manual peeling.
Microwave A Sponge To Clean It
3. Sterilize your sponge.
Don't toss out your soggy, pathetic-looking sponges! Instead, soak them in water, then wring it out and place in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill most of the bacteria that's built up in its pores.
4. Make a mug dessert.
Late-night sugar cravings have never been solved so easily — behold, mug brownies! All you have to do is mix the proper ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, oil, water, and vanilla) in a mug and cook on high in the microwave for about a minute and 40 seconds until the dessert is solid all the way through.
5. Soften ice cream.
Say goodbye to struggling with your scoops! Pop your jar of ice cream in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds so you can quickly enjoy your favorite flavors. (Just remember to remove the lid.)
Drying Herbs Microwave Oven
6. Dry out herbs.
Rather than using your oven for a more lengthy drying process, you can place washed and de-stemmed herbs between paper towls and microwave in 30 second intervals until they're nice and dry.
7. Clean your microwave.
We're sure after all this cooking, your microwave probably will get a little dirty. Never fear! Heat up a bowl of lemon water in your microwave to leave the inside of your device sparkling.
how to make microwave chips
8. Make no-fry potato chips.
Turns out, you can make your very own potato chips at home, and it's pretty easy! If you can slice potatoes to just the right thickness (about an eighth of an inch), they'll be the tastiest (and un-greasy) snack you'll ever enjoy. Simply place your slices on a plate in the microwave for 3 minutes, and flip each slice over on each round until you reach crispy, crunchy goodness.
9. Cook a potato.
If your mom never taught you this old trick, you'll probably want to try it out now. Simply poke holes in a potato and nuke it for 5 minutes for quick, savory spuds. You can also microwave sweet potatoes, and they'll come out just as delicious!
10. Get more juice out of your citrus.
Heat up your fruit for a mere 15 to 20 seconds to get the most liquid out of your lemons, limes, and oranges. The best part? Your next batch of homemade juice will be even more flavorful with this quick trick.
11. Steam veggies.
Consider time-consuming boiling methods a thing of the past. Put your favorite veggies in a bowl, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water, and cover the bowl before placing it in the microwave. Within 5 to 10 minutes, your broccoli will be cooked to perfection.
Is Crystallized Honey Still Good
12. De-crystallize solidified honey.
You shouldn't put plastic bottles of honey directly into the microwave as that could end in disaster. You can, however, scoop out the crystalized honey into a microwave safe bowl and zap it for about two minutes to make it nice and smooth again.
13. Cook grains.
The same steaming method applies to your favorite grains! Instead of having to monitor your stove every few minutes, microwave your grain of choice in a bowl with water — and then prepare to chow down.
14. Peel heads of garlic.
Peeling garlic is never much fun: It's messy, time-consuming, and quite smelly. Skip the manual labor and place your cloves of garlic in the microwave for 20 seconds so that the cloves slide right out of their skins.
Stale Bread Hack
15. Revive stale bread.
You might think it's time to throw out bread that's gone stale, but you can bring it back to life by wrapping it in a moist towel and heating it in 10-second intervals until it's nice and soft again.
Microwave Brown Sugar
16. De-solidify brown sugar.
How many times have you gone to grab your brown sugar for a recipe and found it resembling a brick more than a baking ingredient? Just toss the chunks into the microwave for about 30 seconds and you'll be ready to go.
Microwave Bacon Instructions
17. Whip up perfectly crispy bacon.
If you don't want to pull out your cast iron skillet, just drape the strips of bacon over an upside-down micrwave safe bowl and heat it up for about a minute per slice. You can also add a paper towel underneath to soak up the excess grease.
Microwave Parmesan Crisps
18. Melt Parmesan cheese into crisps.
Spread a thin layer of grated Parmesan cheese to the size chip that you'd like, then heat them up in the microwave for a couple minutes or until they're good and melted. You can also do this with an upside-down bowl to create Parmesan salad bowls!
Toast Nuts Microwave
19. "Toast" nuts.
This is great for making a small batch of toasted nuts to snack on without waiting on the oven. The key is to use frozen nuts and to heat them in one minute intervals until they're nice and toasty.
Microwave Pizza Hack
20. Re-heat leftover pizza.
You might be thinking, "Duh, I do that all the time!" But don't just slap the slice down on a place and nuke it all on its own: Add a glass of water next to your pizza to make sure your crust doesn't get rough and stale.