Do you only use your microwave to re-heat leftovers?
Well it’s time to learn what else you can use this staple appliance for.
Experts at Good Housekeeping magazine have put together a list of the best microwave hacks and we can’t get over how much time you could save.
Here are 10 things you can use a microwave for that you might never have thought of.
Microwaved potato chips
Slice a potato, as thinly as possible and coat them lightly in oil. Lay the slices on a sheet of baking paper, sprinkle with salt and microwave in one-minute bursts until golden and crisp. It should take just four minutes.
French toast in a mug – say what?
Crack an egg into a mug, add a splash of milk, a teaspoon of sugar and some vanilla extract and whisk. Tear a slice of bread into pieces and add to the mug until it's coated. Microwave in one-minute bursts until cooked. Experts say it took them three minutes.
If you put your lemons in the microwave before cutting or juicing them it will make them easier to squeeze - and you'll end up with a lot more juice.
Super quickmeringues – just 40 seconds
Mix egg whites and icing sugar together in a bowl. Knead the mixture until smooth and divide it up into even balls. Line the microwave with baking paper, and microwave four balls at a time for 40 seconds exactly.
Put your rashers on a paper towel and fold over to it’s covered. Turn it over so the seam is on the bottom and put on a place. Microwave for three to four minutes until crispy. Hmmm bacon.
This is a staple already. Just fill a mug with water until it's a third full and microwave it for 30 seconds on high. Crack an egg in, cover with a plate, and cook on low for one minute. Check then to see how cooked it is, and heat in 10-second bursts until the egg looks right to you.
Curd – without the curdling
Making fruit curd is now easier than ever. Microwaving the mixture instead of cooking it in the pan can eliminate the chance of you creating lemon-flavoured scrambled eggs.
Another favourite, that sometimes doesn’t always goes to plan. But they can work - just make sure you're following a trusted recipe.
To do it properly could take 15 minutes but with a microwave they’ll be ready in just four. Put the chopped onions into a bowl, add a spoon of water, cover with a plate, and cook on high. Then transfer to your pan and continue on with whatever you were cooking.
Sticky-date puddings – and more
Just use baking paper to cover the pudding mixture and you should be tucking into your dessert in seconds.