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  • Handout: Cooking, Not Reheating in the Microwave Publication # FDNSE 89-21 How many of you primarily use your microwave ovens to reheat leftovers or cold coffee, cook frozen dinners or pop popcorn? Today I want to show you that your microwaves can be a wonderful tool when you are cooking for just one or two people.

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  • 1. Cooking, Not Just Reheating, in the Microwave The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service
  • 2. Microwave ovens are not just for reheating!
  • 3. Nuking Breakfast
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Pancakes with fruit topping
    • Coffee
    • Eggs –2-4 minutes on medium – stir once
    • Fruit topping – 2-3 minutes on high – stir
    • Add ¼ teaspoons cornstarch and 1 ½ teaspoon water per cup of fruit to thicken
  • 4. Breakfast: Fast and Easy
    • .Orange juice
    • Oatmeal
    • Bran muffin
    • Peanut butter
    • Hot tea
    • Milk
    • Cook hot cereal on medium for 2-4 minutes – stir often
    • Reheat muffins and bagels for 10-20 seconds on high
    • Thaw juice and boil water for tea
  • 5. Preparing Lunch or Supper
    • Fix a food completely in the microwave
    • Cook ingredients for recipes that will then be finished on the stove, in the oven or on the grill
  • 6. Cooking Meat and Poultry
    • Cook thawed meat and poultry on medium heat
    • Arrange so the thickest part is toward the edges
    • If want to brown, place under broiler for a few minutes
  • 7. Cooking Fish
    • Choose fish with even thickness
    • Cook for 4 – 5 minutes
    • May need to cut in half to get done without over cooking
  • 8. Cooking Vegetables
    • Buy bags of frozen so it is easy to take out 1-2 portions
    • Bake sweet potatoes and winter squash as well as white potatoes
    • Corn on the cob can be cooked in the husk or in plastic wrap on high for 4 minutes
  • 9. Safe Microwaving
    • Use only microwave safe containers
    • If in doubt, test on high for one minute with a cup of water
    • Safe only if the container remains cool
  • 10. Efficient Microwaving
    • Pieces of food should be similar in size
    • Cover to prevent splatter, drying out and speed up cooking
    • Do not totally cover the food with plastic wrap or a lid so steam can escape
  • 11. Be sure the food is done!
    • Rotate, stir or rearrange food while cooking
    • Allow for stand time
    • Check with a food thermometer
  • 12. Summary
    • Use microwaves to prepare meals from scratch – not just for reheating
    • Use microwave safe containers for cooking
    • Be sure to cover, rotate, stir and re-arrange food to promote even cooking
    • Use a food thermometer to be sure food is well cooked