The microwave oven is one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century. While more than ninety per cent of American homes have microwave ovens in use, it is well to review some of the tips essential to attaining maximum benefits from your
microwave recipes. Your microwave can be used to bake,
boil, steam, preserve and pickle, and stir fry or brown
(with a proper browning dish.).
Since microwave ovens are available in various power
capacities, successful cooking requires knowledge of proper
cooking times for each oven.
Microwave recipes are based on an oven with a power of
700 watts. When using an oven of less power, adjust for each
minute stated in the recipe:
- 500 watt oven – add 40 seconds
- 600 watt oven – add 20 seconds
- 650 watt oven – make a slight increase in cooking time.
Sources of microwave recipes
The sources for microwave recipes are essentially unlimited.
In addition to many fine microwave recipes cook books available
in book stores, and our website here, there are countless on-line sites to provide
instructions for any conceivable dish.
Whatever it is that you would like to microwave, recipes are available on-line.
Time and cost savings
The recipe for a simple, but a universal favourite – the baked
potato – is provided here to demonstrate the savings in time
and cost available from the use of your microwave.
- Scrub potato and pierce skin several times with a fork to
allow steam to escape.
- Place on a microwave safe dish and cover with clear
food wrap, pierce the wrap.
- Bake on high for five minutes.
- Turn potato over and cook for five minutes.
- Remove from microwave and cut in half lengthwise.
- Add your choices of butter, sour cream, cottage cheese,
grated or diced cheese, chives or other greens, salt and
- Cover with clear food wrap and cook for one minute, or until
cheese is melted (if used).
Remove and enjoy
Cooking time: 11 minutes at a cost of less than two cents; vs.
conventional electric oven, one hour at a cost of