I’ve not ever really considered myself an expert in microwave cooking, but I’ve grown up around Tupperware and microwave cooking is all I knew how to do for a long time. It was just natural for me, because my mother sold Tupperware (as I do now), and that’s part of what that company teaches people. Until I started holding my own Tupperware parties recently, though, I didn’t think that I was anywhere near an expert. Everyone knows this stuff, right? Apparently not! Do you know much about microwave cooking?
First, let me put your mind at ease. I know that many ad campaigns have been put out there about the dangers of microwave cooking. I’ve seen stuff that claims that microwaves do everything from deplete the nutrients in the food, to cause cancer. Science has proven the latter to be completely untrue; if it were, don’t you think that every Tupperware consultant since microwaves became popular would be sick? Or, at least a large percentage of them would be. But they aren’t.
As for depleting nutrients – I’ve got news for you! That happens when you heat food with any source, especially in vegetables, and it doesn’t happen any differently in the microwave than it does on the stove. Several studies including this one from Harvard Health have proven that, as well as bringing up good things about the way microwaves cook.
The cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible. Microwave cooking meets those criteria.
Bella Online has a fantastic and thorough informational series about microwave cooking, and the USDA has an FAQ page specifically addressing it. Some of the most important things to note from those pages include things you should not do in a microwave.
- Do not heat a baby’s bottle in the microwave.
- Do not leave the kitchen while popping popcorn in the microwave.
- Do not try and cook stuffed poultry in the microwave.
- Be careful how you open containers which have been heated in the microwave (just as you’d be careful with a lid on a pot on the stove).
- Do not use salt on food before microwave cooking it.
- Do not cook eggs still in their shells in the microwave (unless you’re doing a homeschool science experiment).
- Do not attempt to deep-fry in a microwave.
So what CAN you do in a microwave?
Well, Tupperware has taught me a lot about microwave cooking, but I’m sure I don’t know everything! You probably already read my 12-minute Microwave Cake post; if not, go read it now! This cake only has 3 ingredients and is done, start to finish, in less than 15 minutes. Try not to make one every single day for a month. Just because it’s easy and you CAN eat a cake every day, doesn’t mean you should!
Did you see my post a while back about making giant chocolate kisses? These are so much fun! These are a great way to connect with your kiddos and begin teaching them to cook in the microwave.
I want to help you learn microwave cooking, from basics to full meals in the microwave! I’ll do this a little at a time, and it would be a blessing to me if you’d leave me a comment to let me know what you would like to learn to prepare in the microwave. Some fun things I plan to blog about microwave cooking in the near future include:
- Microwave Omelets
- Meatloaf with Spanish rice
- Taco Soup
- Chicken Burrito Bowls
- Classic Caramel Corn
- Pineapple Updside-Down Cake
- Heavenly Hummingbird Cake
- Peppermint Bark
- Spinach Lasagna
- Sweet & Simple Microwave French Toast
- Potato Corn Chowder
- Mexican Tortilla Soup
- Southwest Chicken Chili
- Three Cheese Manicotti
- Volcano Cake
Which of these microwave cooking recipes sounds the most yummy to you?
Microwave Cooking Recipes
While I build up the microwave cooking recipes here on this blog, I thought you’d enjoy checking out a few from my friends. Try out their recipes and then come back and let me know you did and how you liked them! I’ll probably try a few of them myself, utilizing any Tupperware I can to make it quick and easy, and turn it into a full meal when I can. What? Why, YES! Of course you can cook a full meal in the microwave! I’m so glad you asked!
- Microwave Yellow Cake
- White Enchilada Bake
- Microwave Vanilla Fudge
- Homemade Potato Chips
- Microwave Chocolate Mug Brownie
- Apple Crisp
- Healthy Microwave English Muffin
- Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- Breakfast Burrito for One
- Coffee Cake in the Microwave
- Microwave Chocolate Fudge
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