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damp sponge in the microwave and zap it for
60 seconds. Doing this each week can help
destroy general household germs.
Before juicing an orange or lemon, microwave the uncut fruit for 10 seconds. The
microwave will loosen the fibers inside the
fruit and make it easier to juice every last drop.
Makes a heating pad
Fill the foot of a tube sock with rice, sew
or knot the top closed and microwave in
30-second increments until it reaches your
desired soothing temperature. The rice makes
an inexpensive heating pad you can use over
and over—just be careful not to microwave on
high power and burn the rice inside the sock
or you’ll stink up your kitchen.
Nuke garlic cloves for 15 seconds. The
water in the garlic steams and breaks down
the bond between the clove and the skin for
Peels veggie skins
Hard squashes and root vegetables can be
tough to peel. To make the job easier, place
the vegetable in your microwave for two to
three minutes on low power and the skin
should be more pliable for peeling and cutting—just be careful when removing the hot
veggie so you don’t burn your fingers.
Rescue stale bread
Wrap the loaf in a moist paper towel and
zap it in the microwave for 20-second increments. The moisture from the towel will soak
into the bread to make it taste fresh again, but
not enough to make it soggy.
To remove a stamp from a mislabeled
envelope, put a drop of water on it, then
microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. It should peel
off easily, but it might need a bit of extra glue
to stick to the next envelope.
Smoothes crystallized honey
If your glass jar of honey has crystallized,
simply remove the lid and heat the honey in
the microwave in 30- to 40-second increments until it returns to its original smooth
texture. Do not microwave your honey if it’s
in a plastic container.
Yeast dough can take hours to rise at
room temperature, but your microwave can
proof yeast dough in about 15 minutes. Place
an 8-ounce cup of water in the back of the
microwave. Put the dough in a microwave-safe bowl in the center of the microwave and
heat on the lowest power for three minutes.
Let it sit in the microwave for three minutes.
Heat the dough for three minutes more and
then let it rest for six minutes. Your dough will
have doubled in size and be ready for baking.
Put a handful of nuts in a microwave-safe
bowl, toss with a little oil and microwave in
60-second increments, stirring after each
minute. Overall cooking time varies depending on the type of nut, but expect it to take
around five minutes. This trick also works for
pumpkin and sunflower seeds. C
Sources: USDA, Good Housekeeping, The
Huffington Post, Popular Mechanics, kitchen
By T. Foster Jones
MICROWAVE OVENS PROVIDE a fast
and expedient way to prepare a variety of
foods. But they have a variety of other uses
that might surprise you. Here are just a few.
(Note that times and cooking levels will
vary according to your microwave).
Pour vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl
and heat for two minutes. The liquid creates
steam and makes messes easy to wipe away.
De-clumps brown sugar
When brown sugar is as hard as a rock,
moisten a paper towel, place it in the sugar
bag, then zap in the microwave for 25 seconds. The moisture from the towel will transfer to the sugar and make it easier to scoop.
According to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA), one of the most dangerous sources of disease-causing bacteria in
your home is your dish sponge. Stick your
The Costco Connection
Costco members will find a variety of microwave ovens at their local warehouse and
on Costco.com. Costco also carries vinegar,
brown sugar, sponges, socks, fresh produce,
bread and bakery products, postage stamps,
honey, yeast, flour and nuts.
of the microwave