Use the microwave for more than making popcorn and warming coffee! Cooking with your microwave is fast, healthy and keeps the heat down in the kitchen during the summer.
Despite what you may think, you don't have to use processed foods, either. I've made whole grains like brown rice and regular oatmeal, quick eggs for breakfast sandwiches, toasted nuts, melted dark chocolate for dipping fruit, baked apples and potatoes, and steamed spaghetti squash in minutes, all thanks to my microwave.
Looking for recipes? Turn no further than the "Microwave Gourmet" cookbook, check out sites like AllRecipes.com or read this old New York Times article for ideas: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/ 04/02/dining/02mini.html
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Almost everyone uses a dish sponge to clean dishes but they get nasty so here is my trick to clean your sponge and your microwave. To sanitize your sponge microwave it for 1 minute as long as it is damp (say after cleaning dishes) it will create a steam bath and loosen the grime in your microwave. So now your sponge is clean and your microwave just needs to be wiped out to sparkle.
Use vinegar to remove built up crud around faucets
When the minerals in the water begin to leave deposits around the faucets, soak and squeeze a rag out. Then wrap the rag around the area with deposits. Take a cup of vinegar and using a microwave safe container, heat the vinegar until it's hot and near boiling. Pour the hot vinegar onto the deposits. The rag will keep the vinegar from going down the sink. When the rag cools, remove and scrape a bit. Most deposits will be gone. Repeat for deposits that are stubborn.
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