Did you know the shape of a container affects how evenly food cooks in a microwave? Or that the order you add ingredients to a blender can make the appliance stall?
Here are five neat facts that could make meal prep easier on you and extend the life of your countertop appliances.
1. Use round dishes in the microwave. Rectangular containers draw more energy to the corners, so the edges of food microwaved in those dishes can overcook. A microwave will heat food in a round container more evenly. Another hack: Don’t salt your food before cooking. Salt attracts the microwave’s energy, which can leave the salted top layer of leftovers dry.
2. Add liquid ingredients to the blender first. Then, layer in the smallest ingredients first and work your way up to larger and tougher pieces, like ice. If you put the ice in first, your blender is likely to stall every few seconds.
3. Stop storing pots and pans in the oven’s warming drawer. That drawer, as its name suggests, is for keeping food warm while you’re cooking the rest of your meal. Nonfood items stored in the warming drawer heat up every time you use the oven, which can ruin the finish and even harm your oven.
4. Use your microwave or Wi-Fi but not both at the same time. Micro-wave ovens can slow down your internet signal. Save the Zoom calls and movie streaming for a time when you’re not heating up food.
5. Remove labels from dishes before washing them. It might seem that washing new glasses and plates in the dishwasher is a quick and easy way to remove price tags and labels, but the glue on those tags can clog the machine’s filter and pump. Better to peel the stickers off by hand than to incur a dishwasher repair bill.
Posted: 3/9/2023 12:34:09 PM