Development in every aspect is the ultimate key to success in anything. Times have changed to be more modern and is marked with many new developments which we must use to the fullest to compliment our busy lifestyles in the contemporary fast paced world.
Technology is one of the most important things which has initiated a significant growth in each of our lives and has become an innate part of our routines.
Just look around yourself and I’m sure you would witness a lot of things which have made your lives much easier.
This growth is not significant to any particular sector or any particular aspect of our lives but has been involved in every single speck of it. And one of it is definitely the kitchen.
With the new innovations and inventions, the cooking has become so convenient and its scope has also widened because of the appliances which have been developed overtime.
One of such useful appliances which has become a common one to be found in many houses these days is the Microwave.
I’m sure many of you must be using it in your homes in your day-to-day lives. But I have an intriguing question to add to this usage of Microwave.
And the question is Do you think you use the Microwave to the fullest of its capabilities and scope?
If this question has left you wondering, then this article is a must read for you. So, without increasing this curiosity anymore, let me give you all a gist about what all will be discussed in this article.
As per the very common idea, the use of the microwave in homes is generally limited to just reheating the food and nothing else. This article will help in breaking that limit of the purpose of the Microwave by stating revealing that this appliance can also be used for cooking. The ways to do it will be discussed in this article with a specific focus on a particular dish. So, the point under consideration for this article would be The Best Way to Bake a Sweet Potato in the Microwave.
Thus, all set for this article.
Let’s move ahead!
Now, before looking at how to bake a sweet potato in the microwave, let’s first have a look at how the microwave actually cooks food. So here we go.
How does a Microwave cook food?
Microwave is the appliance which has not only proved very useful in terms of re-heating of food items but also of cooking them. The electromagnetic radiations in it react with the tiny water molecules present in the food items which ultimately generates the heat energy inside the microwave oven.
These rays are continuously bouncing in every direction inside the oven, when it’s turned ‘on’. In this way, it comes in contact with the food and cooks it.
Also, the fact that food rotates in the oven ensures that it is evenly cooked from everywhere. Hence, you can actually cook many dishes directly in the oven and that too quickly than the way you would generally cook it.
And the fear that these rays could be harmful can be completely done away with because these rays are generally on the low end of the spectrum and thus, doesn’t really cause any health issues. Hence, you are definitely good to go to cook in the Microwave.
Now, having been assured of cooking in the Microwave, let’s look at the manner in which you can cook some of the tasty dishes in the microwave.
So, here is our first dish!
Microwave Baked Sweet Potato
This section will tell you about how you can cook the tasty sweet potato in the microwave oven. So, let’s see how to make it!
The first step here would be to scrub the potato until it’s completely clean. Once this is done, wash the potatoes in cold water. Make sure that all the dirt of the potatoes has been washed away. Now, you will have to pierce the potatoes. You can do this using a fork or anything else. This is very important because while heating the potatoes, the steam will gather in the skin of the potato to make it cook well. Thus, make sure you pierce the potatoes around 10 times at least before putting it in the microwave because if it’s not done, the potato might explode inside the oven.
Now, having done this, the next step would be to take a damp paper towel and wrap it around the potato without piercing it at any point. The purpose of this is to ensure that the inside of the potato remains fluffy and soft and that it gives it a sort of steaming effect. It will also ensure that the potato doesn’t dry out, but remains soft and moist.
A point of caution to be kept in mind here is that you must not use aluminum foil here as a substitute of the paper towel. This is because when the aluminium foil will come in contact with the radiations inside the microwave, it will result in fire. Thus, make sure you don’t use aluminum foil in the microwave.
So, after wrapping the potato in the paper towel and putting it in the microwave, 4 minutes is the time to go for your sweet potato to be prepared. After around 4 minutes, take the potato out of the microwave and use the pork to check it’s softness. If you think it’s still not ready by it not being soft, put it in the microwave back again for 2-3 minutes and then you will be all set to go. Make sure that after roughly 4 minutes, you keep checking the potato after every minute or two so as to ensure that it’s not overcooked.
Thus, this is the way to bake the Sweet Potato in the microwave and now you are all set to eat and enjoy it.
Let’s have a look at one more dish which can be cooked in the microwave.
Microwaving Sweet Potato Chips
You can cook the sweet potato chips as well in the microwave as easily as you can do it with sweet potato. Here is what all you need to do to prepare it.
Here the first step would be to wash and dry the sweet potatoes as you would generally do while making the sweet potato chips. Once this is done, slice the potatoes into thin pieces and have some olive oil with you as it will be needed to coat the potatoes while cooking it. Once this is done, coat the slices with oil and put them on the microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle the salt on it as per the need and put them in the microwave.
There is no specific time for which these need to be cooked in the microwave. You need to do it until you can see the chips have dried and have become crispier. The approximate time taken will range from two and a half minutes to four minutes. After this is done, let the chips cool down before moving them to the bowl.
Here you might have to do a few rounds in the microwave to have a good quantity of chips prepared from all the potatoes you have cut. This is because only one layer of chips can go in the microwave at a time.
Thus, once this is done, your chips are prepared. You can top them with some sea salt and some spices like cumin and red chilli and then you are all set to enjoy the tasty sweet potato chips with your loved ones.
Thus, the above stated was the method in which you can actually cook tasty food items in the microwave. This fulfills the purpose of this article and thus, we can now finally move towards concluding this article.
We can conclude this article by acknowledging that technology has developed a lot to help make our work much easier and we must make sure to use it to the best of our advantage. When we have the microwave, why just use it for reheating only when it can actually be used to cook many tasty food items very quickly.
In this article, we saw how beyond the purpose of reheating, the microwave can be used to make baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato chips.
And these are just the two out of the many dishes you can make. Explore more food recipes to be cooked in the microwave and enjoy the tasty food being cooked at much ease using this appliance.
I’m sure you would have a great experience and it would save much of your time and effort.
Thus, with this I wish you all a very Happy Cooking and Eating experience!