You know it as a reheat machine— a place to pop a frozen burrito and warm up last night’s leftovers (or observe the explosion ballistics of a marshmallow). But your microwave could be doing more— like whipping up a two-minute breakfast sandwich or steaming vegetables faster than the stove. In fact, microwaved meals may even be healthier: “Because things cook faster in the microwave, they tend to hold their nutrients better,” says Sabrina Sexton, a lead instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Plus, nuked foods don’t require you to use cooking fat, so they’re also often lower in calories. Read these simple microwave hacks before you hit start on your next meal.
Six things you probably didn't know you can do with your microwave.