A microwave is a handy appliance for warming up leftovers, heating water for a cup of tea, or defrosting meat before cooking. While you may use your microwave oven to aid in preparing a variety of meals, your microwave may be able to assist you in an assortment of ways you haven’t even considered. Check out these 20 tips for using your microwave to make cooking just a little bit easier.

20. Bake Desserts


Why heat up your oven when you can quickly and easily bake desserts right in your microwave? From family-sized treats like Mom on Time Out’s recipe for Microwave Lemon Bars to cake-in-a-cup desserts for one, your microwave has you covered. Ree Drummond has a recipe for Chocolate Cake in a Mug that bakes flour, sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and chocolate chips into a tasty treat in only minutes.

19. Cook a Baked Potato

Spuds Potatos

You can wait an hour for your potato to bake in the oven, or you can pop it in the microwave and enjoy your spud in just minutes. Simply wash the potato thoroughly, pierce it with a fork, and wrap it in a paper towel. Next, microwave your tater on high for 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes are up, flip the potato over and microwave it for a few more minutes. Be careful not to overcook your spud, as it will turn hard and dry. Your potato is done when it is soft to the touch.



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