Easy Microwave Hints for the Holidays

Microwave Oven close up shotCan you believe it’s already November? The holidays are here, ready or not. And with the holidays come cooking for family and friends, big dinners, and kitchen catastrophes.

Here are some helpful hints to (hopefully) help you circumvent holiday culinary tragedies. (Culinary . . . Sorry, I can’t do a thing about your in-laws!)

  1. Soften 1 stick of butter:cook for 1 minute at 20% power.
  2. Soften an 8oz package of cream cheese: microwave 2 to 2 ½ minutes at 30% power.
  3. To soften brown sugar that has hardened: place it in the microwave with 1 cup of hot water. Cook on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes per half pound.
  4. Melt marshmallow cream in the microwave: half of a 7oz jar will melt in 35-40 seconds on high. Stir to blend.
  5. To toast coconut in the microwave: spread ½ cup of coconut in a pie plate, and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring every 30 seconds after the first 2 minutes. Be attentive—the coconut browns quickly once the browning begins.intentionaly blurred to emphasize candles, a table setting at thanksgiving
  6. Refresh stale potato chips, crackers and cereals: place on a plate and put into the microwave. Cook on high for 30-45 seconds. Allow to stand for 1 minute before serving.
  7. Thaw frozen whipped topping: a 4 ½ oz container will thaw in 1 minute at the defrost setting. The topping will be still firm in the center, but will blend. Be careful not to over-thaw.
  8. To soften gelatin that is set too hard: heat on low for a short time. Check often.
  9. To scald milk: cook 1 cup for 2 to 2 ½ minutes, stirring each minute.
  10. To make dry bread crumbs: cut 6 or so slices of bread into ½ inch cubes. Microwave 6-7 minutes until completely dry, stirring after 3 minutes

Hope some of these help your holidays to be more joyous than ever.

What’s your favorite holiday cooking tip?

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Amy Lillard (52 Posts)

Amy Lillard is an award winning author who loves reading romance novels from Amish to contemporary. These two genres meet in her debut novel, Saving Gideon. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their son. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at amylillard@hotmail.com.


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