WEB DESK: Cooking meal is surely a time taking activity and people usually feel lazy when it comes to preparing meal after a tiring day. Therefore, they use microwave for this purpose. It is no doubt a quickest way to get the job done but it is not suggested to cook everything in the microwave.
If you think boiling an egg in microwave takes less time than boiling it in pot. It is not as it explodes egg. According to incredible egg, “Cooking an egg in its shell using a microwave causes a buildup of steam within the egg. The steam builds too fast for the egg to breathe through its pores, resulting in a messy explosion. Make sure to crack your eggs and prick the yolks to ensure even cooking if using the microwave.”
Drying herbs in microwave sounds a brilliant idea but do you know it could ruin your fresh herbs ? As good housekeeping adds,”Putting herbs in the microwave totally ruins them, and it won’t dry them out the way you might be expecting. Herbs don’t hold a ton of moisture anyway, so nuking them in the microwave for too long can actually lead to a fire! Avoid this mistake at all costs.”
Many people defrost meat in microwave for the sake of time saving without knowing that it partially cooks thinner edges while middle part still stays frozen. Moreover, “You need a microwave that rotates the food during cooking to have any chance of evenly thawing your meats this way. If the microwave unevenly thaws the meat, bacteria can grow from having frozen meat mixed with partially cooked meat. Defrosting meat overnight in the refrigerator is the safest way to thaw. Set an alarm for yourself so you won’t forget,” explains Reader’s Digest.
If you use microwave to defrost your frozen fruit in microwave then you surely doing a mistake as it ruins flavour and texture. Russian studies have suggested that, “Defrosting frozen fruit in microwave can cause carcinogenic substances to form. Also, fruits have trouble standing up to the heat, so they’ll lose their flavor and texture as soon as the intense heat of the microwave hits them. It’s best to allow your frozen fruits to naturally thaw in the fridge or on the counter.”
It is very come in Italian cuisine to toast dried chilies as it intensifies the flavor. If you think it would be quicker to do the process in microwave then we are sorry, as The Daily Meal describes,”The capsaicin vaporizes when microwaved, which can leave you with a very unpleasant facial when you open the door.”
Water for tea
Place mug in microwave for 2 -3 minutes, warm up water, add tea bags and voila, a warm and soothing cup of tea is ready. But unfortunately, it is the wrong way of preparing it as the different types of tea require different temperature. As Smithsonian Magazine explains, “Green tea should be steeped in water that’s 176 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas herbal tea requires water to be around 210 degrees Fahrenheit. A teakettle is designed to heat water to an even 212 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can accurately estimate the temperature of your tea when using this device. When you throw your mug of water in the microwave, you have no idea how hot your water is, which can result in a bitter beverage.”