4 Ways to Use a Microwave

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4 Ways to Use a Microwave
4 Ways to Use a Microwave

The microwave is very practical for those who need to heat up or prepare food in a short time. However, not everyone knows how to use the equipment safely and properly - or you may need to refresh your memory. To start with, you have to place the oven in an accessible and stable place. Afterwards, all you need to do is heat up your dishes or snacks in a few minutes. You can even do other things: defrost meat, make fish and popcorn, cook vegetables and so on. In the end, you just have to remember to clean it frequently to maximize the life of the equipment.


Method 1 of 4: Installing the microwave

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Step 1. Place the microwave on a flat, dry surface

Choose a place like a kitchen counter or a sturdy table. Do not place it near any electrical or gas outlet, such as a stove.

Make sure the microwave side air vents are unobstructed

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Step 2. Check that the microwave oven plate and internal support are securely installed

Almost every microwave oven has a round glass dish and a plastic inner stand. They rotate when the oven is on.

Step 3. Plug the microwave into the outlet

Make sure the output has the right voltage and power so the oven doesn't break down.

Plug the microwave into a free outlet, without any other electronic equipment

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Step 4. Examine the microwave panel

It probably has the numbers from 1 to 9 on it, which are for setting the preparation time. There should also be a start button and a timer. Use the manual to learn how to set it up.

Depending on the model, the microwave can have specific functions such as heating, defrosting and cooking. They are automatic and configuration dependent

Method 2 of 4: Heating Food in the Microwave

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Step 1. Only heat ready-to-eat foods that are one to four days old

Leftovers that are five days old or more are no longer consumable as they may be spoiled or contain too many bacteria.

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Step 2. Put the food in a ceramic dish or glass bowl

Arrange them in a circle so that everything is the same temperature - if you stack the food in the middle of the container, what is on the edges will heat up faster than what is in the middle.

  • Only use ceramic or glass containers to heat food in the microwave. Plastic objects can melt and contaminate food, while metal objects can generate sparks and explosions.
  • Do not use ceramic or glass containers that have metal parts or details, as they are also dangerous.

Step 3. Protect the food with a very thick plastic lid

The lid helps prevent food from getting inside the microwave. Use something made of plastic that is durable and suitable for the oven. If necessary, buy it on the internet.

  • The plastic lid also helps to retain water vapor in the food, preventing it from drying out in the microwave.
  • You can also use a sheet of paper towel or something like that to make up a cover. Just don't leave it on top of the food for more than a minute, or it could get burned.

Step 4. Heat the food slowly

It is difficult to know for sure how long food has to stay in the microwave. Start with a minute and see if it's ready: stir it, see if the smoke is coming out of the food, and try it.

  • If the food is not hot enough, microwave it again for another 30 or 60 seconds. Continue heating it at these intervals until you are satisfied.
  • Food won't burn if you heat it up little by little.
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Step 5. Heat certain foods separately so they don't get soggy or dry

Depending on what you're heating up, it might be better to separate the products. Start with the denser, longer-lasting items (like meat) and then move on to the simpler products (like pasta, vegetables and legumes).

For example: in the case of hamburgers, heat the isolated meat on a plate first; then add the buns. Don't put everything in at once, or the end product will get soggy

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Step 6. Don't microwave pizza, stews or meats

Some baked or baked products become soggy or dry. In the case of pizza, heat the pieces on a baking sheet in a traditional oven; for the stews, add a little water, cover them with aluminum foil and heat them in the normal oven as well.

Avoid heating products such as beef, chicken or pork in the microwave, as they become very dry and rubbery. In such cases, it is better to use the traditional stove or oven

Method 3 of 4: Preparing food in the microwave

Step 1. Thaw packaged or frozen dishes in the microwave

Follow the directions on the package to find out what to do and how long to wait. The microwave probably has a defrost button. If in doubt, do the following: add 7 minutes of processing for every 500 grams of product.

  • Always place frozen products in ceramic or glass containers to thaw.
  • Stir the food after it's ready to see if there are no parts that are still frozen or cold. If there is, repeat the process for 30-60 seconds.

Step 2. Cook vegetables in the microwave

You can also use the microwave to prepare products like broccoli, carrots and cauliflower - as long as you use a ceramic plate or a glass bowl. In addition, you can even add a little water or butter to make the process easier. Then put a suitable lid and cook the vegetables for two to three minutes. Stop and stir at one-minute intervals until finished.

You can add black pepper, salt, and other seasonings to vegetables and ready-to-eat vegetables

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Step 3. Prepare fish in the microwave

Season the meat with salt, pepper and a few drops of lemon. Then put it on a ceramic plate and protect it with a suitable plastic lid. Prepare everything for a minute or two, until the fish is white on the edges and lighter in the middle. Finally, keep an eye on the microwave during the process so you don't overdo it.

The fish preparation time depends on the size, shape and thickness of the fillet

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Step 4. Make microwave popcorn

Read the instructions on the package to find out how long to wait. You'll have to open the flaps of the bag and place it right side up on the plate. Then heat until you hear the pops and feel the temperature of the popcorn.

Some microwaves have a button made specifically for popcorn bags

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Step 5. Do not use the microwave to make soups or sauces

These products heat up quickly and may even explode in the oven. Prepare them on the traditional stove to avoid accidents.

Method 4 of 4: Taking care of the microwave

Step 1. Clean the microwave once a week

Wipe the inside with a damp cloth and use a solution of baking soda and water (or another natural mixture) to remove any food scraps. Finally, you can also mix water and mild dishwashing detergent.

Start cleaning the microwave once a week so it's always up and running and in good condition

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Step 2. Use a lemon and water solution to remove the odor from the microwave

Over time, it will start to retain bad odors, especially if you don't clean it often. Mix 240-350 ml of water and the juice of one lemon in a glass bowl and microwave for four to five minutes.

Once the water has stopped bubbling, use a kitchen glove to remove the bowl from the microwave. Finally, use a clean cloth to wipe the product inside the oven

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Step 3. Take the microwave to repair if it stops working

If the microwave stops heating food or takes longer than usual, it's time to get fixed. You can also contact the manufacturer if it is still under warranty.

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