Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cooking Hints & Tips: Microwave Shortcuts

Toasting Nuts -- Place 1/2 cup of nuts in a 2 cup measure. Microwave, uncovered for about 3 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.

Dry Bread Crumbs - Cut 6 slices bread into 1/2 inch cubes. Microwave in 3-quart casserole 6-7 minutes, or until dry, stirring after 3 minutes. Crush in blender.

Adding Salt - Do not salt foods on the surface as it causes dehydration (meats and vegetables) and toughens the food. Salt the meat after you remove it from the oven unless the recipe calls for using salt in the mixture. 

Blanching Almonds -- In a small microwavable bowl, microwave 1 cup water, uncovered for about 2-3 minutes or until boiling. Add 1/2 cup almonds to water. Microwave, uncovered for 1 1/2 minutes. Drain, rinse almonds with cold water. Slip off skins.

Peeling Tomatoes -- In a 2 cup measure, microwave 1 cup water, uncovered for 2-3 minutes or until boiling. Spear 1 tomato with a long fork. Submerge into hot water; hold about 12 seconds. Place tomato under cold water; slip off skin.

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