Do you use microwave oven devices for specialty cooking?

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    Jan 08, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    Since I'm an anti-cook, I use a microwave for convenience whenever I can, rather than get out pots & pans and use a stovetop or oven. Here are a few gimmicks that I've found work well in the micro --

    An egg boiler by Nordic Ware, available online. You put tap water inside it, set 4 eggs on a tray, close it and run the micro for 8 minutes. Makes perfect hardboiled eggs (or soft using less time), you don't have to wait for a pot to boil, nor worry about timing, boil-overs or the pot running dry, just start the micro and walk away. And faster overall, too.
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    Here's how I cook bacon, with a Presto "Power Crisp." Bacon cooks remarkably well in a microwave, from light to crisp, and this device lets the grease drain off into the base. It disassembles easily for dishwasher or hand cleaning. Just be sure to drape microwave-safe paper towels over it while cooking to prevent splattering.

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    What devices do you have for your own microwave?
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    Jan 08, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    Here's another gizmo I got my partner as an inexpensive stocking stuffer at Christmas, called Fasta Pasta. We haven't done pasta yet, so he hasn't tried it, I can't say how good this thing is.

    You just cover the uncooked pasta with water and mic it. Those lid slots at the left end in the pic are for draining, so you don't have to dirty a colander. My question would be whether a lack of stirring would cause the pasta to stick together, but for $10 I figured I'd give it a shot.

    BTW, I'd still make my "world famous" macaroni & cheese in a pot, since I melt the grated cheese (and a secret ingredient) over the elbows in that same pot.

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    Jan 08, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    Even easier cleaner way for bacon.. just lay the strips on one or two pieces of paper towel and cover it with another sheet of paper towel.All this on the dinner plate you're going to be eating from.. nothing extra to clean or store.
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    Jan 08, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidEven easier cleaner way for bacon.. just lay the strips on one or two pieces of paper towel and cover it with another sheet of paper towel.All this on the dinner plate you're going to be eating from.. nothing extra to clean or store.

    I've done that, too, but for some reason I find the bacon crisps-up a little better on this device, and the timing results are more consistent (with the same number of strips). But bacon cooked between paper towels certainly is a workable solution.
  • commoncoll

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    Jan 08, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    I think you're making "cooking" a bit too difficult for yourself.

    It's easier to make these things on the stove and you don't even have to buy all these gizmos that undoubtedly you will stop using after a couple of months if not weeks. Do you not use more power and effort cooking these things in the microwave than on the stove?

    You put eggs in cold water. As long as the eggs are more than 1/2 cover by water, they will cook fine. It takes 5-6 minutes of boiling for hard boiled and 3-4 minutes for soft boiled. You don't have to stand there and watch the water boil. Longer than 7 minutes, and the yolk turn grey.

    I don't make bacon, but I would hesitate to cook meat in something that cooks unevenly perhaps not for something as thin as baking.

    You put pasta on boil, put a little oil in the water so it doesn't stick together and water doesn't boil over. To drain, tilt the pot and lid over the sink a bit so there is a small space between pot and lid for water to leave, but rice or pasta still stay in the pot.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    I almost never use my microwave to cook anything. I use it to reheat food, melt small amounts of butter or chocolate, or heat up a small cup of water or milk.

    By the way, I think by far the best way to cook bacon is in the oven. It reaches the right crispiness, minimizes grease, and is easy to clean up compared to cooking in the microwave or on the stove.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidI almost never use my microwave to cook anything. I use it to reheat food, melt small amounts of butter or chocolate, or heat up a small cup of water or milk.

    By the way, I think by far the best way to cook bacon is in the oven. It reaches the right crispiness, minimizes grease, and is easy to clean up compared to cooking in the microwave or on the stove.

    Don't you get a lot of splatter and smoke from bacon in an oven?
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    pocketnico saidI almost never use my microwave to cook anything. I use it to reheat food, melt small amounts of butter or chocolate, or heat up a small cup of water or milk.

    By the way, I think by far the best way to cook bacon is in the oven. It reaches the right crispiness, minimizes grease, and is easy to clean up compared to cooking in the microwave or on the stove.

    Don't you get a lot of splatter and smoke from bacon in an oven?


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    Jan 08, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    I almost never microwave food. It skeeves me for reasons stated above. Ours doubles as a convection oven, and I use that to re-heat leftovers 15-20 minutes is usually enough to warm up cooked food. I'm not in that much of a hurry.

    Also to make boiled eggs, I learned you can actually boil the water, put the eggs in, turn the burner off and cover it for 10 minutes (less for soft-boiled).
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Bacon tastes better cooked in a microwave but is hardly an inducement to me for the radiation being emitted and when was the last time you had yours tested for leakage?
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Nope. I rather cook in the oven
  • Beeftastic

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    Jan 08, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    Corn on the cob, sweet potatoes and baked potatoes are great in the microwave. Wrap them in saran wrap and poke holes in the potatoes. about 2 minutes for each ear of corn, 5 or 6 for small sweet potato or medium potato.

    I do use the microwave to heat up left overs and other stuff. The key to getting good results with that is to cook slowly on lower power levels. I think that if you use a microwave in this way it is just as healthy as stove/oven cooking. It's the heavy duty zapping that kills the taste and nutrients.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    Other things I cook in the microwave, and without gadgets to help, are baked potatoes (prick the skin with a fork first, then wrap them in aluminum foil afterwards for about 10 minutes), and corn on the cob. I coat the shucked ear with butter, then seal it in microwave-proof plastic wrap.

    We also buy single serving frozen veggies in small sealed bags meant for microwaving. Admittedly more expensive per ounce than in bulk, we like the speed and convenience, and not having another pot to clean. Plus we can each have our own vegetable if we want, maybe me peas and him corn, or Brussels sprouts or whatever.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    LOL! 2 posts at the same time saying much the same thing! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    I just remembered that I often heat small potatoes in the microwave instead of boiling them when making tortilla de patatas. Honestly, I can't be bothered to get out a pot on the stove just to boil them and make a mess. It's just easier to heat them for about 5 minutes in the microwave then slice and fry them with the beaten eggs. I've never had any problems.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    you can steam vegetables wayyy faster in the micro.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    No, but I occasionally use the microwave to dry my undies in an emergency.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    I cook bacon between paper towels in the microwave.

    I hate boiled eggs, but I scramble eggs in the microwave - or I have if I wanted a breakfast sandwich (like an egg mcMuffin) made basically a poached egg in the microwave.

    I don't have any fancy equipment, though.
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    Jan 08, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I am (in)famous among my friends for my comment that you will find more dust build up on my stove than grease build up .




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