Fifteen Different Uses For Your Microwave

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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The microwave is one of the most common household appliances and has many uses besides just heating up your leftovers from the night before.

Here are 15 other uses for your microwave from Melissa Clark and Lindsay Funston at Shine from Yahoo

1. Disinfect and deodorize sponges
Don’t throw out the kitchen sponge that smells like last night’s salmon. Soak it in water spiked with white vinegar or lemon juice, then heat it on high for 1 minute. (Use an oven mitt to remove it.) This will also disinfect any sponges you used to wipe up the juices from a raw chicken.

2. Cook an entire dinner in under 10 minutes
ot just the TV variety. We mean braised salmon with green beans and mashed potatoes. Use the microwave for any recipe that calls for braising, poaching, or steaming. Just subtract about three-quarters of the cooking time. Remember to stir liquids often to redistribute the heat, and always take the food out a minute or two before it’s completely done, since it will continue to cook.

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