In today's fast-paced society, it's not always easy to bake a meal from scratch every night. For decades, families have used the microwave to help get dinner on the table just a little bit faster. Whether you are part of a two-income household that just doesn't have the energy to cook after work, or your home is full of family members rushing off to soccer practice or dance rehearsal, cooking dinner in a microwave might be the best option to keep you all happy and fed.
Of course, microwave cooking isn't limited to tasteless TV dinners. You can actually cook traditional meals using your microwave as a tool. The three main uses for a microwave are thawing frozen items, reheating leftovers or cooking entire dishes at once. Depending on what you are trying to do, you will want to keep a few things in mind as you are doing your speed cooking.
When thawing items in the microwave, you want to make sure you do it slowly. Just as you wouldn't thaw your meat in boiling water, so you shouldn't defrost your meat on high power. High power defrosting may not allow your meat to warm up evenly, which means some parts will start cooking before others are even thawed. It is best to use a low power setting or your microwave's pre-programmed defrost settings to make sure you are warming up your food at an appropriate speed. Always keep an eye on things as they are defrosting, to ensure that you get an even warm-up.