9. Soften Dried Beans

Beans

If you want to use dried beans in a recipe and forgot to soak them overnight, you can use your microwave to soften them. Hurst’s Hambeens Brand provides these instructions for soaking your beans in the microwave. First, place your beans along with 3 cups of water for every cup of dry beans into a microwaveable dish. Next, cover the dish and microwave on high for until boiling (about 15 minutes). Then, remove the dish from the microwave. Allow to stand for one hour before draining the beans and rinsing them with fresh, cold water.

8. Dry Herbs

Herbs

Hanging fresh herbs to dry can take a long time. Meanwhile, drying herbs in the microwave can take just minutes. Purdue University states that you can place 4-5 fresh, clean herb branches between 2 paper towels and dry them out in the microwave. Use high heat and zap the herbs for 2-3 minutes. Purdue does caution you to watch your herbs carefully while microwaving them to prevent burning them and starting a fire.

7. Soften Frosting or Butter

Butter Cubes

If your frosting is difficult to spread, you can place it in a microwaveable dish in the microwave and zap for a few seconds at a time until it becomes easily spreadable. To quickly thaw chilled butter, place a small amount of water in a glass and microwave for 30 seconds. Pour out the water and place the warm glass over your stick of butter to quickly soften it.

Related: 10 Tips and Tricks for Using Butter
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