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

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