It is so hot! That microwave is the way to go when the temperature rises. Here are some handy microwave tips that will make cooking in the heat even better.
- Toast coconut in the microwave. Watch closely as it browns quickly once it begins to brown. Spread 1/2 cup coconut on a microwave safe dish and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds after 2 minutes.
- Melt marshmallow cream in the microwave oven. Half of a 7-ounce jar will melt in 35-49 seconds on high. Stir to blend.
- Heat left-over custard and use it as frosting for a cake.
- Do not salt foods on the surface as it causes dehydration and toughens the food. Salt after you remove from the oven unless the recipe calls for using salt in the mixture.
- A crusty coating of chopped walnuts surrounding many microwave cooked cakes and quick breads enhances the looks and eating quality. Sprinkle a layer of medium, finely chopped walnuts evenly onto the bottom and side of a microwave-safe bundt pan and pour in the batter. Microwave as recipe directs.
- Using a round dish instead of a square one eliminates overcooked corners in baking cakes.
- Nuts will be easier to shell if you place 2 cups of nuts in a 1-quart casserole with 1 cup of water. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, and the nutmeats will slip out whole after cracking the shell.
- Refresh stale potato chips, crackers or other snacks of such type by putting a plateful in the microwave oven for about 30-45 seconds. Let stand for 1 minute to crisp. Cereals can also be crisped.
- To make dry bread crumbs, cut 6 slices of bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Microwave in a 3-quart casserole for 6 to 7 minutes, or until dry, stirring after 3 minutes. Crush in a blender.
- To scald milk, cook 1 cup for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, stirring once each minute.
- Soften Jello that has set up too hard by heating on a low power setting for a very short time.
- Thaw whipped topping ( 4 1/2 ounce carton) for one minute on the defrost setting. Whipped topping should be slightly firm in the center but it will blend well when stirred. Do not overthaw.
- Thaw frozen orange juice right in the container. Remove the top metal lid. Place the opened container in the microwave and heat on high power 30 seconds for 6 ounces and 45 seconds for 12 ounces.
- Soften a one-ounce package of cream cheese by microwaving at 30% power for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. One 3-ounce package of cream cheese will soften in 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
- One stick of butter or margarine will soften in 1 minute when microwaved at 20% power.
- Soften hard ice cream by microwaving at 30% power. One pint will take 15 t0 30 seconds. Microwave one quart for 30 to 45 seconds, and one-half gallon for 45 to 60 seconds.
- Place an open box of hardened brown sugar in the microwave with 1 cup of water. Microwave at high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes for 1/2 pound or 2 to 3 minutes for 1 pound.
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