10 Genius Products That Make Microwave Cooking Feel Gourmet
With the right microwave cookware, you can enjoy the convenience of quick cooking without sacrificing gourmet flavor.
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A watched pot never boils. So why not skip that step altogether? With this microwave pasta cooker ($20) all you have to do is add pasta and water to the container, then nuke it in the microwave. The design allows for water circulation and cooking control, meaning perfectly al dente pasta every time.
Microwaving is a great way to cook your veggies without sacrificing nutrients. It couldn’t be easier with this microwave vegetable steamer ($11). Throw your vegetables in the steamer basket, pour water in the bottom of the container, then pop on the lid and voila! Perfectly steamed veggies in a few minutes.
Sometimes when the sweet tooth craving hits, you need a cake pronto. If you don’t want a cake that could serve a whole crowd, use this microwave cake maker ($12). It can make a moist, delicious cake in 6 minutes. The handy ingredient box does all the measuring for you, which means all you have to do is decide which flavor ice cream to eat with it! Try this microwave mug cake, too.
As much as we love bacon, the clean-up afterward can be a greasy headache. This microwave bacon tray ($15) will give you crispy bacon without the mess. The design drains away grease and moisture, which means perfectly crisped bacon and no dirty frying pan. Simply discard the grease and throw the tray in the dishwasher when you’re finished. Who’s ready for a loaded BLT sandwich?
Microwave cooking gets a bad rap because often it can make food soggy rather than crispy. Well, no more! This microwave crisper pan ($33) is perfect for chicken nuggets, leftover pizza or hamburgers. (You might not believe you just pulled your food out of a microwave.) Get breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert on the table in minutes with these microwave recipes.
Is there anything worse than opening your microwave to find a mess of food splashes inside? Use this collapsible microwave cover ($8) to keep all splatters contained. Cover food as it cooks in the microwave, then wash it in the dishwasher in between uses. Bonus feature, we love the collapsible design for easy storage.
Skip the bagged microwave popcorn for a tastier and fresher version with this microwave popcorn popper ($17). Simply add popcorn kernels to the collapsible bowl, attach the lid and pop! Great for health-conscious eaters because it doesn’t even require oil. Take your snack to the next level with these gourmet popcorn recipes.
Steamed rice makes a perfect side dish for any stir fry recipe. Rice steamers are always a convenient option, but this microwave rice cooker ($19) makes it even easier. Just measure the rice and water and the rest is done for you. You can also use it for polenta and couscous. Yum!