Microwave Cooking Tips
Do you want to maximize the use of your microwave oven? Keep the following hints in mind when microwave cooking.
- Choose foods that cook well in moist heat: chicken, fish, ground meat, vegetables, sauces and soups.
- Pieces that are about equal in size and shape will cook more uniformly.
- You can reduce the liquid used in cooking beverages, soups, vegetables, fruits, and main dishes by about one third because less evaporates in microwave cooking.
- Choose a microwave-safe container slightly larger than the dish required for cooking the recipe in a conventional oven.
- Use a high setting -100 percent power for soups, beverages, fruits, vegetables, fish, ground meat and poultry.
- Use a medium-high setting -70 percent power for simmering stews.
- Use a medium setting – 50 percent power for baking breads, cakes and muffins, and cooking less tender cuts of meats.
- To create a crusty look on baked items, grease pans with an acceptable vegetable oil and add ground nuts or crumbs.
- Add low fat cheese and other toppings near the end of cooking to keep the top from becoming tough or soggy.
- Stay away from coating meat with flour if you will be adding liquid for cooking. The coatings become soggy.
- Use quick-cooking instead of long-grain rice.