Until recently, I had no idea what power my microwave truly had. I am quickly learning that heating up leftovers is just the tip of the iceberg.
A microwave can clean, soften or re-energize many things. It can also cook entire meals. Apparently I am not letting my microwave reach its full potential!
I am familiar with the anti-microwave movement, which I understand and respect. Frankly, I would love to go microwave free. As a working mom, or anyone with an overscheduled life, it’s just to hard to let go.
Since I am holding on, it’s time to experiment. I’ve started with two basic hacks:
1. The dirty (and smelly and overused) sponge.
My husband has a favorite brand of sponge, and it’s often difficult to find in stores. This sponge is at the end of it’s life. It’s dirty, smelly, and I had already stopped using it.
While reading a post on Kids Activities Blog, I ran across advice on how to clean a sponge in the microwave. Just nuke the sponge for 2 minutes. Before placing it in the microwave. I soaked it in water and vineagar.
The verdict: After two minutes in the microwave, not surprisingly, the sponge smelled like vinegar. However, it was clean and sanitized, and I feel comfortable using it again. Score one for the microwave!
2. Bake a cookie in a coffee mug.
This growing trend of making baked goods in a microwave fascinates me, and I wanted to try an oatmeal cookie. I found a relatively easy one on Greatist: “31 Healthy and Portable High-Protein Snacks.”
One evening, I mixed the ingredients together:
1/4 cup of oats
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp flour of choice
1 egg white
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp raisins
I poured the mixture into a ceramic coffee mug and put it the microwave for 45 seconds.
The verdict: It looked good, and the rise was nice. However, the taste was lacking. It’s healthy but rather bland. It could be the recipe itself and it may be worth trying again with different ingredients. However, the cookie rates “high” on the fun-to-make scale. I will probably stick to the oven for cookies.
I’ll continue to be on the look-out for good microwave hacks and will report back. In the meantime, check out the following links:
Stay tuned for more hacks!