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November 16, 2017
Cooking in the microwave

Yes that's right! Not just heating food up but actually cooking in the microwave! The truth is that in Greece, the microwave is used almost exclusively for heating up food. But, there are many foods that can become just as delicious if they are cooked from start to finish in the microwave. There will only be one difference, they will be ready much quicker than if cooked in the conventional way! Just to make sure and be able to prove this to you I decided to test various recipes and choose my favorite ones to share with you! My final choice was the following three recipes:

Quick mac 'n' cheese

Γρήγορο Mac 'n' Cheese από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Turkish delight - Loukoumia

Λουκούμια από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Mug Cake

Mug Cake από τον Άκη Πετρετζίκη

Mug Cake από τον Άκη ΠετρετζίκηBut before you go into the kitchen and start cooking them, it would be best to know some basic things so you can use the microwave safely – things to do with cooking as well as just heating. What are these? Let’s take a look…

  • When you want to heat food up in the microwave, it is better to have cut it up into small pieces. This way it will heat through evenly.
  • Always take care not to touch the circumference of the plate since it becomes hotter than the center of the plate (the same goes for its contents). What does this mean? It means that if there are any larger pieces, make sure you place them at the edge of the plate and place the smaller pieces in the center. 
  • Metallic containers NOT ALLOWED in the microwave (yes even those that may have a small part of metal). Prefer ceramic and microwave safe plastic but glass is always the best!
  • Do you want to cook vegetables in the microwave? No problem! You can find many microwave safe containers that are airtight but offer a few holes so that the steam can escape while the food is cooking. Now if you have in mind to cook something more “difficult” like a whole potato, simply make sure to pierce it all over with a fork so that it can cook evenly.
  • Do you want to cook a liquid? Then it is better to do this in batches so that it won’t overheat. You can do the same if you want to melt some chocolate couverture for a sweet: Cut it up in to small pieces, place them in a glass bowl (covered with cling film) and microwave for 30΄΄ at first, check it and – if necessary – repeat the process until the chocolate melts.
  • Finally, don’t try to cook whole eggs (in the shell) in the microwave because they will most probably explode.

Keeping all this in mind and strictly following the instruction manual, you can immediately start to try cooking in the microwave. You can start off with these new recipes and slowly discover more and more!

 

Akis

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