I couldn’t live without my microwave oven. While a microwave is by no means an essential home appliance, it sure does make life a lot easier – am I right? Of course, I am. And, I’m not the only one who thinks so. Canstar Blue research conducted in 2013 shows that 96% of Australian households own at least one microwave!
Microwaves are most peoples ‘go-to’ for heating up leftovers. However, if you’re only using your microwave to heat up leftovers, then you’re not using it to its fullest potential. And, if you don’t own a microwave oven, then you’re missing out on a very handy and useful home appliance.
Today, I will list the top 8 uses of a microwave oven. Hopefully, after reading through this post, you’ll consider upgrading or get a new microwave oven.
The number one use of a microwave oven by far is to reheat food. A microwave oven is very efficient at reheating food, retains essential nutrients and doesn’t make food soggy. In fact, microwaves work great in reheating just about any kind of food.
While most people usually consider their cooktops and stoves for cooking, you can actually cook a lot of foods in your microwave ovens. Multifunctional microwave ovens in Perth, such as those we offer at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, can be used for baking, grilling, roasting, blanching, boiling and steaming food items. The versatility of a microwave oven allows you to do all this without needing separate kitchen appliances.
You probably don’t know it, but microwave ovens can help to disinfect kitchen items such as plastic cutting boards and sponges. Just soak your sponges and cutting boards in some lemon juice and heat them in a microwave for a minute. This will both disinfect as well as deodorize your kitchen items.
Another great thing you can do with a microwave oven is to make citrus fruits juicier. So, the next time you take a lemon or orange out of your refrigerator, don’t juice it immediately. Microwave the fruit for just 20 seconds, and you’ll be able to squeeze out a lot more juice!
Certain beauty products feel much better on the skin simply if they are heated up before application. While warming up beauty products can be inconvenient otherwise, a microwave oven makes things much simpler and less messy. You can use a microwave to heat up facial masks, hot oil conditioning packs and reheat gel packs easily and safely.
If you’re a foodie, then no doubt you love roasted garlic on many of your dishes. While roasting a bulb of garlic takes about 45 minutes, you can do it in 8 minutes using a microwave. Just season your garlic bulb, cover it with a plastic wrap, roast it and you’re done!
Have you ever struggled with honey that has solidified? I used too until I turned to Google and found that a microwave is an ideal solution when it comes to de-crystallising honey. Just grab your jar of solidified honey, open the lid and microwave it for about a minute. You’ll never have to throw away honey again!
Proofing yeast normally takes over an hour, but you can do it in 15 minutes using a microwave oven. However, to do this, don’t just set your microwave to 15 minutes. Instead, set your microwave to 3 minutes and then allow the dough to stand for 3 minutes. Then, heat it again for 3 more minutes but let it rest for 6 minutes. This will double the bulk of your dough.
A microwave oven is a very versatile kitchen appliance which offers a whole range of uses. Microwave ovens can be used to reheat and cook food, disinfect kitchen items, make citrus fruits juicier, heating beauty products, roasting garlic and de-crystallising honey.