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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