15. Quick Bacon


There’s not really a bad time for bacon.  If you want crispy bacon without dirtying up a frying pan, try this hack. Next time you need some bacon on the go, place a bowl upside down. Then, drape the bacon over the bowl. Make sure to put a plate underneath to catch extra grease.

The next time you’re using garlic you have to try the next hack!

14. Easy Garlic Peeling


The quicker you peel garlic the better. To avoid the smell and stickiness that comes with peeling garlic, this next hack is a savior. Next time, take your garlic and put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. When you remove it, the garlic should be warm and it will slide right out of the skins around the cloves.

Next up: At home spa.

13. Quick Spa Session


It always feels luxurious to have a warm towel on your face or for a quick hand or foot massage. While hot towels may be something you regularly experience at the spa or in first class, it is just as easy to get from a microwave.  Next time you want to unwind, wet a handle towel and microwave it on high for 1 minute. You’ll be surprised at the result!

Want to learn how to save stale bread?

12 – Saving Bread

The Kitchn

There is nothing sadder than good bread going to waste. Next time you have some stale bread that you don’t know if you can salvage, try this hack. Take a wet kitchen towel and wrap the bread in it. Microwave on high in 10-second intervals until the bread has exactly the right amount of moisture and is the right texture.

The next idea will save you tons of money on herbs.

11. Dried Herbs

Serious Eats

Drying herbs doesn’t always have to take weeks at a time. Using a microwave to dry your herbs is genius because of how much time it saves. Take your fresh herbs and be sure to wash, dry, and de-stem them. After, put them on a paper towel and microwave on high in 30-second intervals until they are completely dried. This should take two to four minutes depending on the freshness of herbs.

Never cry again with the next trick.

10. No Tears Onion

The Cookful

While the best part of many meals is some zesty onion, the worst part is easily crying when you have to cut it up. Save yourself the tears next time with this hack. Take your onion and cut off both ends. Microwave what’s left for 30 seconds. Now when you go to cut up the onion, your eyes will be saved!

Reuse stamps? Sign me up!

9. Second Use Stamps


We’ve all been in a pinch when we need to send something in the mail but realize stamps aren’t as plentiful as they used to be. Next time, take an old piece of mail and put a couple drops of water on the stamp. Put the envelope in the microwave for about 20 seconds. When you remove it, the stamp will peel off easily.

The next tip will ensure everything is cooked to perfection without any fancy tool.

8. No Cold Middle


It’s always disappointing when the outer rim of your plate is burning hot while the inside is still ice cold. To eliminate that cold spot in the middle of your dish, try this hack. Put a mug upside down in the middle of your plate and place your food around the mug. This eliminates the center and makes sure your food is cooked evenly.

The next hack will teach you how to make brownies without the oven!

7. Microwave Brownie


Have a late night sweets craving? Prepare 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of water or milk, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 4 tablespoons of flour, and a dash of salt. Add the wet ingredients to the mug first and whisk well. Then add the dry ingredients and whisk again. Ta-da, you have a brownie that will be done after 60 seconds in the microwave!

The next hack will have you impressing everyone this Holiday season.

6. Parmesan Bowls


Step it up a notch this Holiday season and truly entertain your guests by making these classy parmesan bowls. They’re great for serving salads, appetizers, or literally anything you want. Start out by using a microwave safe bowl and sprinkle grated parmesan on parchment paper on a plate. Next, microwave until golden brown. Before the cheese has time to cool, flip it onto the back of the bowl, and place another one on top to create the mold.

Violá! You’ve done it.

5. Looser Lemons


Getting every last drop of juice from a lemon or lime isn’t always easy. Next time you need some lemon juice in a pinch, try microwaving it for 10-20 seconds first. Take it out and juice it as you normally would.  The warm water will loosen the skin on the lemon so you can get the most bang for your buck.

The next microwave hack is just in time for the holidays.

4. Toasting Nuts


Toasted nuts are the best addition to some oatmeal, cereal, or even ice cream. While you can always do this in the oven, a microwave will cut the time of toasting nuts in half. Just lay them on a plate and microwave them on high for four to eight minutes, tossing them every minute or so.

Next up, the perfect veggies for meatless Mondays.

3. Steaming Veggies


Steamed veggies are a healthy addition to any meal. If you are trying to increase your intake of greens like broccoli, take your veggies in a microwavable container with a couple tablespoons of water. Cover with a kitchen or paper towel and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until tender.

I bet you didn’t know you could revamp crunchy brown sugar in just minutes using your microwave.

2. Fresh Brown Sugar


It’s such a waste to throw out brown sugar that has hardened into one lump. The best way to turn this situation around is to dampen a paper towel and put it in the box of brown sugar. Close the box tightly and microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds. When you remove it, the sugar should be soft enough to break apart.

1. Cleaning Time


Finally, once you start using all of these hacks your microwave will definitely become dirty. Get grime off easily by microwaving a bowl of water with a little white vinegar for five minutes. The steam will loosen the grime on the walls and let you easily wipe off the mess.