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Scott Tranter, owner of Crazy Otto's Empire Diner in Herkimer and host of CNY Flavor, knows how to make magic in the kitchen.
Cooking: 10 Microwave Quick Tips
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By Scott Tranter
Diner wizard Scott Tranter, owner of Crazy Otto's Empire Diner in Herkimer and host of CNY Flavor, knows how to make magic in the kitchen. For more of his tips, visit www.cnyflavor.com or www.crazyottosempirediner.com.
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April 6, 2013 12:01 a.m.



 



Here are some quick ideas to save you time and make cooking with your microwave easier. 



1.         When defrosting foods, allow the same amount of resting time before you being to cook the food (defrost 5 minutes, rest 5 minutes).



2.         Reheat foods at 70% for best quality.



3.         When reheating yeast bread products, wrap them in a paper towel to retain moisture.  This will prevent the bread from turning to rock.



4.         To separate cold bacon slices with ease, microwave on high 15 to 20 seconds.



5.         Rule of thumb for bacon, microwave on high 1 to 1-1/2 minutes per slice.



6.         Parsley and other herbs dry beautifully in the microwave resulting in no more waste.  Place about 1 cup on a paper towel and microwave on high 2 to 4 minutes.  Crumble in paper towel.



7.         Melt 16 ounces of caramels with 2 tablespoons water, microwave at 70% for 2 to 3 minutes.  Stir every minute.  Great for taffy apple or caramel sauce.



8.         Citrus fruit will obtain more juice if microwaved.  Lemons and oranges microwave for 15 seconds.  Grapefruit for 30 seconds.  All on high.



9.         Syrup for pancakes is wonderful warm.  Recover cover and microwave at 50% for 30 seconds.



10.       Saute mushrooms, onions and celery with unsalted butter.  Place veggie and butter in dish, microwave on High 1 to 2 minutes.



 



 



 

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