7 Clever Uses of the Microwave Other Than Heating

It is difficult to find a kitchen without a microwave. The tireless busy-bee unfreezes, warms, and even cooks tasty treats in no time. As you know, human genius knows no bounds. Nowadays, a microwave is an essential device both for cooking and for solving various domestic issues. Cook It would like to share with you seven clever, lesser-known uses of the microwave that will help you get the most out of yours.

These uses of the microwave are valuable time-savers that will enhance your regular cooking routine. Are you ready? Let’s start.

1. Making Foam for Coffee

Do you want to make Starbucks-worthy coffee at home? You do not need a coffee machine to froth milk if you have a microwave. Pour some milk into a glass jar with a lid and shake well. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Transfer the foam to your cup of coffee with a spoon.

froth milk in the microwave

2. Peeling Garlic

Place the garlic bulb in the microwave and heat for 15 seconds at full power. The skin will break away from the clove and will peel off easily in one motion.

peeling garlic in the microwave

3. Making Potato Chips

Cut potatoes into thin slices, put on a dish lined with parchment, sprinkle with oil, salt, add seasoning. Microwave for 3 minutes. After that, turn the chips over and cook them in the oven for another 3 minutes.

microwave potato chips

microwave potato chips

4. Removing Skin From Fruits and Vegetables

If you don’t want the hassle of dipping tomatoes in boiling water, first make a cross-shaped incision on each fruit, and then put them in the microwave for 2 minutes.

peeling tomatoes

5. Sterilizing Jars for Jams and Preserves

This life hack will appeal to anyone who enjoys making homemade jams and preserves. Wash jars, but do not wipe them. Place them in the microwave and heat on high power for approximately two minutes — this will be enough for the water to evaporate and the jars to temper. As soon as the containers are completely dry, switch off the appliance.

sterilizing jars

6. Making Pita Boats

Appetizers will look more appealing served in little boats. Prepare them in advance by cutting circles out of thin pita bread and then drying them in a microwave. Use a cup or a glass to give them a curved shape. To make things even simpler, use pre-cut pitas instead of pita bread.

microwave pita boats

7. Steamed Vegetables

Place washed and chopped vegetables in an appropriate container and season them with salt and pepper. Cover the container with cling film suitable for use in the microwave. Cook vegetables for 15–20 minutes at low power.

cook vegetables in the microwave

One last tip: if you want the room to instantly fill with a pleasant aroma (vanilla, cinnamon, or other favorite spices), sprinkle a pinch of spice on a saucer and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Try it — you will be surprised!


I am an English major with a love of languages and fiction, and with an incurable travel bug. In my free time, I read fantasy, drink copious amounts of coffee, and like to go see movies. Culinary art means everything to me. My main hypostasis is the taster, though. The music school has taught me to appreciate the symphony of airy meringues, to create harmonious overtures of light snacks, hard rock of meat, fish, and vegetables on the grill. Choir classes have accustomed me to hear and feel the people nearby and create perfect harmonies of sounds.