8 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

8 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do
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8 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

Here's proof that your microwave can do more than you think.

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Helps You With Your Tears

Will your microwave wipe away your tears and tell you its all going to be OK? No, that's what your friends are for. Your microwave will, however, help make the experience of cutting onions less emotional. Simply microwave your onion for 30 seconds and you'll see that your peeling and chopping will no longer induce tears.

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Makes Time Travel Possible

How many times have you wanted to cook beans but you can't because you didn't soak them overnight? That's where your microwave saves the day. Again. You want to allocate 3 cups of water for every 1 cup of dry beans. Place beans in water in a large microwave-safe dish, cover, and cook on the highest setting until it boils, about 15 minutes. Remove beans from the microwave and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans, discard water and then rinse beans with fresh, cool water. It's like you traveled back in time and soaked your beans!

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Gives You Proof

Yeast dough can take an hour or more to rise at room temperature. Your bakery sous chef, the microwave, can proof yeast dough in about 15 minutes. Place an 8-ounce cup of water in the back of the microwave. You want to place your dough in a plastic-covered bowl in front of the water in the center of the microwave. Heat the dough on the lowest power for 3 minutes. Allow your dough to rest in the microwave for 3 minutes. You're almost there. Heat your dough for 3 minutes longer then let it rest for 6 minutes. Your dough has now doubled. Take a bow, microwave.

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Makes Life Sweet

That's right, your microwave sweetens up life with its ability to morph brick-like dark sugar into supple, use-friendly dark sugar. Place your sugar in a microwave safe bowl and cover it with a moist paper towel, and heat for 20 seconds. If it requires further softening, nuke it for an additional 20 seconds.

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Hooks You Up With Herbs

Are you spending money on dried herbs or wasting money because you can't go through an entire bunch of fresh herbs? Have no fear, your microwave is here! You don't want to pile up your herbs. Instead, place leaves on a single layer on a microwave-safe plate. Cover the plate with a paper towel and microwave on high for 1 minute. Keep heating in increments of 20 seconds until your herbs are dried.

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Helps You Out In Sticky Situations

Honey sometimes has the pesky habit of crystallizing. If your honey comes in a glass jar, simply remove the lid, and heat it in the microwave in 30 to 40 second increments until it returns to its original glory. Just be careful when you're handling a hot jar!

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Makes Life Less Stale

What's the point of having bread if its stale and not edible? Your microwave is around to make sure that travesty never happens. Place your stale bread in a damp towel and then perk it up by nuking it in 10 second increments. The same procedure can be used to bring your stale potato chips back to life.

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Helps You Show Some Skin

Hard squashes and root vegetables can be cumbersome to peel. But not with your new BFF the microwave. Depending on the size, place the vegetable in your microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and the exterior skin should be more pliable for peeling and cutting.

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Imagine Lois Lane's surprise when she finally learns that the nerdy, predictable and buttoned- down Clark Kent is in fact the super-strong, faster than a speeding bullet, hunky Superman. The man she had grown accustomed to was, in fact, not who she thought he was. She learned that he was capable of so much more, things no one else could do! What if I told you have a Superman right under your nose? Meet your Superman, or shall we say Super-appliance: the microwave.

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No, I'm not kidding. Your microwave, like a certain Mr. Kent, is there when you need it, perhaps even comforting in times of need, but doesn't really offer anything new. You know it to serve A, B and C purposes. Need popcorn? Zap! Microwave has your back. You need to nuke your leftovers? Microwave! And let's not get started on the bevy of TV dinners that are available nowadays that a microwave can rock in a jiffy.

Like Clark, your microwave is reliable but one dimensional. It's main purpose, if not only, is to reheat food. Right there is your first mistake because microwaves can actually cook many foods. Those of you in the know are privy to sanitizing your kitchen sponges and cutting boards in the microwave but that's about as useful as it gets, right? So you think.

I'm not suggesting your microwave can rescue you from burning buildings and other perils. What your microwave can do, however, is save you money by rescuing foods that you may have otherwise thrown away. Rescue missions aside, it can also help you with other tasks like not crying over onions, peeling your foods, and drying your herbs. Now tell me what man, super or otherwise, will always be there for you to do all that and heat up a cup of hot cocoa? Your microwave!

Keep reading on to find out why your microwave is a super appliance.

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