5 New Uses for Your Microwave!

When we first moved to Tennessee many moons ago, we were renting a cute little house…that didn’t have a microwave. Now, you wouldn’t think that this would be a real-estate deal-breaker, but let me tell you. It took about 4 days to realize that this kitchen appliance came in way too handy in my day-to-day life!

Over the years, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks when it comes to nuking things. And I’m not just talking about popping some popcorn for movie night or quickly defrosting some frozen chicken, folks. Here are 5, I-never-knew-that!, things you can do with your microwave!

  1. No more tears! Have an onion to chop but you don’t want to ruin your mascara? No problem! Just slice off the ends of the onion and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then dice away, and you’ll see—it won’t make you cry!
  2. Aches and pains – Take a sock and fill it with dry/uncooked rice. Tie the end of the sock in a knot and heat in the microwave for about a minute and a half. There you have it—a homemade warm compress!
  3. Clean – I hate it when my dish cloth gets stinky and gross…so I just pop it (or a kitchen sponge) in the microwave for about 2 minutes every night after I’m done with the dishes—it kills 99% of the germs that are in that rag!
  4. Be your own barista – I’ve recently become obsessed with cappuccinos in the morning…although I haven’t splurged for a fancy, in-home machine quite yet. In the meantime, I just take a cup of milk with a lid, shake it up until it’s a little foamy, and zap it for about 30 seconds. It froths up even more, I pour it into my cup of coffee and voilà! Homemade cappuccino!
  5. No more wine-ing – I hate it when I’ve left a bottle of red wine sitting on the counter for too long and it gets too bitter to drink. Let’s be honest—that doesn’t happen very often, but when it does…just pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Some researchers say that heating red wine this way gives it a fuller flavor…and I can drink to that!

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