Microwave ovens are no place to cook your dinner. Try to learn at least a few rudimentary meals that can be cooked atop the stove or using the oven or your broiler. Microwaves are best left to heating food or cooking microwavable courses. That said, you can make your microwave meal preparation more efficient and even tastier by putting into action the following tip.
One of the great uses for a microwave is fast cooking of a prefabricated item that, when things are at their best, bears a very strong resemblance to food you may buy at a restaurant or actually cook yourself atop the range or inside the oven. Microwaveable foods like, for instance, burritos, quiches and other items in which the goodies are placed inside a crusty or bready exterior are those kinds of foods for which a microwave is best served. Ever notice that your burrito is never evenly cooked when you retrieve it from a microwave?
That is the age-old problem with using a microwave as a sort of primitive food replicator of the type found on Star Trek spaceships. Microwave ovens are not food replicators, but in a way we use them in the same way. The frozen burrito that you place inside your microwave oven looks and feels and even tastes like a burrito that may buy from a local Mexican food restaurant. Except for one very important element. The heat is not evenly distributed. The burrito bought from Taco Bell and the burrito purchased from the convenience store down the street may contain almost duplicate ingredients, but they won’t provide the same amount of pleasure because the burrito freshly prepared will not have hot and cold spots like the burrito that comes from your microwave oven.
Hot and cold spots in food heated inside a microwave oven are the real bane of the technology and most people consider it one of the inescapable downsides of getting hot food fast. But here’s the thing: that ain’t necessarily so. You must learn to use the technology properly to get the most from it and when you do, you can manipulate any microwave to provide a simulation of even distribution of heat.
The microwaves that bouncing around inside your oven hit some spots more frequently than others. You may have developed a habit of placing your food directly in the middle of the spinning plate inside a microwave. Makes sense from a logical point of view, but microwave technology does not work in such a logical manner. The central point inside a microwave is not necessarily the hottest spot. You need to find where inside your microwave are the hot spots and the cold spots. Once you do this, you can arrange the food inside more efficiently.
Fortunately, finding your microwave’s hot and cold spots is almost ridiculously easy. Just cut off the crust from plain white bread and then in a circular fashion so that you can line the plate inside the microwave completely. Close the door and turn the microwave on. The amount of browning on the bread is an easy to read map of where the hot spots and cold spots are inside your microwave. Identify the hot and cold spots on the plate with a color marker and arrange your food accordingly.