There is a microwave oven in almost every home and office. It is convenient to reheat, defrost food and even prepare elementary meals in it. However, this is not all that a household appliance is capable of. Read the article to find out about 10 superpowers of a kitchen pet. Spoiler: You can do more than just cook in the microwave.
1. Foam for cappuccino
Airy and light milk froth is an ideal addition to coffee. If you don't have a cappuccino maker on hand, use the microwave. Take a drink cup and fill one third with milk. Pour the product into a glass jar, tighten the lid tightly and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Remove the lid and microwave the frothed milk can for 30 seconds at medium power. Due to heating, the product will thicken, but retain the desired airiness. Pour into a cup of coffee and add aromatic froth on top.
Before making freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice, put them in the oven. So citrus fruits will give a lot more fresh juice. Cut the fruit in half and place in the machine for 10-20 seconds at minimum power. Check it out - it's easier to squeeze juice from warmed citrus fruits.
3. Bacon without fat
Love fried pork but don't want to break the rules of a healthy diet? There is another way to make a treat. Take a flat plate and place paper napkins folded in 2-3 layers on it. Place 2-3 slices of bacon on top at a short distance from each other and cover with a couple of paper layers. Place the meat product in the microwave and run the appliance for a couple of minutes (1 slice = 1 minute) at maximum power. The heating process melts the pork fat and soaks into the napkins, allowing you to enjoy crispy bacon.
4. Popcorn with coconut
Yes, everyone has known for a long time that there is a special popcorn that can be cooked in the microwave. But it cannot be compared to a self-made delicacy. Combine half a cup of corn kernels, a pinch of table salt, and a small amount of coconut oil in a paper bag. Wrap the edges of the bag tightly and microwave for 3 minutes. If you hear the grains popping every 3-4 seconds, the popcorn is ready.
5. Disinfector for soil
With the help of a microwave oven, you can even disinfect soil for indoor plants. Lightly dampen the soil and put it in a paper bag, carefully wrapping the edges. Microwave the soil for 30 seconds at minimum power. Wait for the soil to cool and start planting.
6. New life of mascara
Dried cosmetics should not be diluted, otherwise it will worsen its properties. The way out is to warm it up in the microwave. The main thing is that the bottle is plastic, without any metal elements. Open the mascara, set the brush aside. Put a bottle in the microwave oven, and next to it, place a cup filled to the middle with water. Run the unit at minimum power for 30 seconds. Voila - mascara is ready to use again.
7. Melting honey
Candied honey? Melt it in the microwave! It is advisable that the product is in a glass jar without any stickers or metal elements. Open the lid and place the honey in the oven for 30-60 seconds. The treat will become fluid again. Important: do not bring the product to a boil, otherwise it will lose its beneficial properties.
8. Frying seeds and nuts
The advantage of roasting in the oven is that it is enough to stir the food just a few times. It is much easier than standing by the pan and stirring nuts / seeds throughout the entire process. Wash food and dry. Put on a plate in 1-2 layers and send to the oven for 5-7 minutes. The more nuts and seeds you have, the longer you roast. When ready, be guided by the sound: if the food crackles, you can take it out after 1-2 minutes.
9. Washing towels
If the kitchen utensils don't wash and smells bad, use the microwave. Dampen a towel or napkin and treat the item well with laundry soap. Sprinkle additional citric acid on old or stubborn stains. Place the item in a plastic bag, but do not tie it. Send a towel to the unit for 1.5 minutes at maximum power. The product will be very hot, so remove it with tongs or an oven mitt. Rinse the towel under running water, dry and use.
10. Neutralizing onions
Tired of shedding tears while slicing onions? You won't have to do it anymore if you use this life hack. Peel the food, cut off the top, bottom and microwave for 30 seconds. Take out the onion, wait for it to cool down and get down to business. The high temperature neutralizes the pungent aroma of the food, so you can cook without tears.
Make the most of your appliance and enjoy your meals. However, do not forget about caring for household appliances. Read about 7 ways to clean your microwave quickly and easily.