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20 Innovative Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

The microwave oven has revolutionized the idea of a quick meal. Nothing is easier than popping something in the microwave and having a warm bite to eat in just a few short moments. Your takeout and leftovers have never been the same.

This essential kitchen tool also serves a purpose beyond whipping up easy meals, and you will be astounded how handy your microwave oven can be! Put your microwave to work with these surprising uses that can make your daily life much simpler. These microwave hacks will have you getting household tasks done more efficiently in record time, and you will save money in the process!

1. Restore Crystallized Honey In Seconds

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Make a jar of honey good as new by placing it in the microwave with the lid off for two minutes. Your sweet marinade is back to its original perfection and clump-free!

2. Clean The Grimiest Of Microwaves With A Simple Swipe

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Place a few damp paper towels in the microwave for three to five minutes on the highest power. This will create moisture and allow you to easily wipe down any mess with the paper towels once they are warmed. Remember to let them cool down for a moment before you start cleaning!

3. Make Garlic Fall Apart Effortlessly

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Make peeling garlic a breeze by placing the pieces in the microwave for 15 seconds. This draws the moisture out and allows you to easily peel the layers of garlic apart!

4. Soothe Your Sore Muscles

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Your microwave can help you ease any aching muscles in a flash. Simply wet a towel and put in in the microwave for a minute on the highest power setting. You now have a hot compress to help you relax and heal!

5. Steam Broccolli And Other Vegetables Without A Steamer

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Most of us know we can use our microwaves to steam vegetables, but for those who've never tried it, you'd be surprised how well it works. Broccoli, carrots, asparagus... even the stubborn artichoke can be cooked up in just 5-10 minutes.

6. Make Fruit Juicy Almost Instantly

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Make your fruit extra juicy by placing it in the microwave on the highest power for 20 to 30 seconds. The fruit will be easier to squeeze and you will get more juice for your buck!

7. Save Stale Potato Chips For Snacking

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If your chips are losing their crisp texture place them on a paper towel in the microwave for short amounts of time. Repeat this process until they have the crunch you desire!

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8. Keep Bread Mouth-Watering Instead Of A Soggy Mess

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Want to keep your sandwich juicy and tender? Warm it in the microwave with paper towels around the food, allowing the towels to absorb any moisture. Your lunch is now toasty and tasty!

9. Revive The Aroma Of Your Spices

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Put your spices in a bowl and microwave them on the highest power for 15 seconds. Repeat until the aroma returns! Use this trick to spice up any of your recipes. 

10. Bring Stale Bread Back To Life

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If you don't want to waste a piece of bread that is starting to turn stale, simply wrap it in a paper towel and throw it in the microwave for 10 seconds on high power. Repeat in intervals until it is moist enough for your taste!

11. Cut Onions With Less Tears

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If you'd rather not sob on your onions, here's a tip. Cut the ends off the onion, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds on full power, and it will no longer make you cry as you cut.

12. Unclump Brown Sugar

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You can revitalize brown sugar in the microwave by adding a damp paper towel and sealing the box firmly and microwaving for 20 seconds or so. The sugar will return to being soft and nice. 

13. Easy Clean Your Microwave

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You don't have to have paper towels to clean the microwave. Take a bowl and fill it with water and vinegar and then microwave it for 5 minutes. A sponge will then wipe the microwave clean.

14. Cook Fish In A Better Way

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You don't want food poisoning from fish, so make sure that when you cook it that you overlap the fillets and remove them as they turn opaque. Then let the fillet sit for a minute or two before serving—it continues to cook even after being removed from the microwave.

15. Dry Your Herbs Quickly And Easily

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If you need dry herbs in a hurry, place them in the microwave on a paper towel and then microwave them on low heat for 2–4 minutes. They'll crumble to the touch when they're ready.

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16. Test A Container To Make Sure It's Microwave Safe

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Close the container and then put a cup of cold water on top. Microwave both for 1 minute. If the water is hot and the container is hot, it's not safe for microwave use. If just the water is hot but the container is cool, it's microwave safe.

17. Peel Fruit Easily

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If you take a tomato or a peach and place them in the microwave for 30 seconds on the highest setting, and then leave them for a couple of minutes, the skin will strip away very easily.

18. Easy Poached Eggs

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Float your egg in a bowl of water and cover with saran wrap. Microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out, turn the egg over,  recover and microwave for 20 seconds. Perfect, mess free, poached eggs.

19. Shortcut Soaking Beans Overnight

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If you forgot to soak beans overnight, you can shortcut the process. Put the beans in a bowl, add some bicarbonate of soda, cover in water, and microwave on high for 10 minutes. Then leave them for 30–40 minutes to stand. They are then ready to use. 

20. Stop Food From Exploding

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Potatoes, squash, pumpkin, it can all get very messy in the microwave. If you just prick the surface of the exploding stuff with a fork, it won't explode, because the steam inside can then escape easily.

It is quite amazing how versatile your microwave oven can be. These tips should be really useful to any cook. 

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