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10 Foods You Didn't Know You Could Microwave

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Your microwave has more tricks up its sleeve than just heating your frozen food.

Here are 10 microwave hacks that'll save you time in the kitchen.

1. Bacon

Bacon is extra good when its crispy. Drape bacon strips over an upside down bowl on a plate, then microwave for one minute per slice of bacon. The grease will drop on the plate, leaving you only the delicious meat.

2. Uncut Fruit

Fruits like oranges and lemons seem to go to waste when they are hand juiced. Pop your uncut fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds so that you can juice to every last drop!

3. Brown Sugar

When your brown sugar is clumped so tightly you feel like Iron Man trying to soften it up, put it in the microwave. Moisten a paper towel, place it in a (preferably non-plastic) bag, then microwave for 25 seconds.

4. Crystallized Honey

Honey doesn't go bad, but it does become less appealing once its crystallized. Remove the lid of your glass jar and put it in the microwave for 30 to 40 second increments until it goes back to its original texture.

5. Stale Bread

We've all had our fair share of stale bread after forgetting to close the bread bag, but you'll never have to do that again if you follow this microwave hack.

Wrap up the loaf in a moist paper towel and microwave it in 20-second increments. The moisture from the towel will soak into the bread without making it soggy.

6. Beans

Preparing what you're going to eat tomorrow is a nuisance. Sometimes you need to soak beans or prep meat to have a more enjoyable meal the next day, but your microwave can help to eliminate all that worry.

If you forgot to soak beans overnight, place them in a large dish and add 3 cups water for every 1 cup of dry beans. Microwave until the water is boiling, which may take approximately 15 minutes. Remove the beans from the microwave and let them sit for at least one hour, then drain and rinse with cool water.

7. Onions

Onions have made the toughest people in the world cry, but learning this microwave trick will save you from those unwanted tears. Wash an onion, trim its ends, then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds before cutting. The sulfuric gas that causes you to cry will be eliminated once heated.

8. Garlic Bulbs

Put garlic bulbs in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skin will slide off easily.

9. Nuts

Microwave nuts with a little oil in one minute increments, stirring after each minute for approximately five minutes in total, to toast them faster.

10. Vegetables

Hard-skinned vegetables like squash and carrots are a little tough to peel. Place them in your microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on low power to get those vegetables soft enough for smoother peeling and cutting.

[Source: Reader's Digest]

Have you tried microwaving any of these foods?

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.