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!)
- Soften 1 stick of butter:cook for 1 minute at 20% power.
- Soften an 8oz package of cream cheese: microwave 2 to 2 ½ minutes at 30% power.
- 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.
- Melt marshmallow cream in the microwave: half of a 7oz jar will melt in 35-40 seconds on high. Stir to blend.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To soften gelatin that is set too hard: heat on low for a short time. Check often.
- To scald milk: cook 1 cup for 2 to 2 ½ minutes, stirring each minute.
- 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?