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  1. Cooking, Not Just Reheating, in the Microwave The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service

  2. Microwave ovens are not just for reheating!

  3. Scrambled eggs Pancakes with fruit topping Coffee Eggs –2-4 minutes on medium – stir once Fruit topping – 2-3 minutes on high – stir Add ¼ teaspoons cornstarch and 1 ½ teaspoon water per cup of fruit to thicken Nuking Breakfast

  4. .Orange juice Oatmeal Bran muffin Peanut butter Hot tea Milk Cook hot cereal on medium for 2-4 minutes – stir often Reheat muffins and bagels for 10-20 seconds on high Thaw juice and boil water for tea Breakfast: Fast and Easy

  5. Preparing Lunch or Supper • Fix a food completely in the microwave • Cook ingredients for recipes that will then be finished on the stove, in the oven or on the grill

  6. Cooking Meat and Poultry • Cook thawed meat and poultry on medium heat • Arrange so the thickest part is toward the edges • If want to brown, place under broiler for a few minutes

  7. Cooking Fish • Choose fish with even thickness • Cook for 4 – 5 minutes • May need to cut in half to get done without over cooking

  8. Cooking Vegetables • Buy bags of frozen so it is easy to take out 1-2 portions • Bake sweet potatoes and winter squash as well as white potatoes • Corn on the cob can be cooked in the husk or in plastic wrap on high for 4 minutes

  9. Safe Microwaving • Use only microwave safe containers • If in doubt, test on high for one minute with a cup of water • Safe only if the container remains cool

  10. Efficient Microwaving • Pieces of food should be similar in size • Cover to prevent splatter, drying out and speed up cooking • Do not totally cover the food with plastic wrap or a lid so steam can escape

  11. Be sure the food is done! • Rotate, stir or rearrange food while cooking • Allow for stand time • Check with a food thermometer

  12. Summary • Use microwaves to prepare meals from scratch – not just for reheating • Use microwave safe containers for cooking • Be sure to cover, rotate, stir and re-arrange food to promote even cooking • Use a food thermometer to be sure food is well cooked