Today's kitchen tip is super simple, but something I would never have thought of doing if Joshua hadn't showed me how! :)
But, I don't like it when I go to melt butter in the microwave and before it's all melted, it's splattering everywhere. Or, I try to warm some leftovers and need to keep stirring the food as it gets hot, to prevent spots that are sizzling along with spots that are still hard and cold.
To avoid this? Adjust the power level. Here's how it works on ours:
1. Set the time (minutes/seconds) you want to use.
2. Press the "Power Level" button. Ours is saying "HI" which is at 100% power.
3. Continue to press the "Power Level" button until it says the % of power that you want to use. Ours goes down 10% with each press (shown above: 30% power).
What adjusting the power actually does:
The power level is adjusting how much the microwave cooks. At 100% power, it is emitting microwaves 100% of the time. At 50% power, it's emitting microwaves 50% of the time (alternating 10 seconds "cooking", 10 seconds just turning the turntable).
So, to use my melting butter example: Instead of setting the microwave for 20 seconds and hoping I don't have butter splashed everywhere inside, I set the microwave for 90 seconds at 20% power. This allows the butter to slowly melt.
My tips for Defrosting and Re-heating Without a Microwave (I still think defrosting meat in the microwave is a little scary/gross!)
Softened butter tips (super useful when you don't have a microwave to soften butter on-demand!)
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1. Tips for packing lunches (Healther at Feel Good About Dinner)
2. Covering dishes in the oven (SnoWhite at Finding Joy in My Kitchen)
3. Butter tip (Living So Abundantly)
4. Cleaning the seal on your fridge (Anna at The Joyful Wife)
5. Using a bowl to cover a crock pot (Lenetta at Nettacow)
6. Easy kitchen tips (Georgia at Georgia's Cookie Jar)
7. Getting real food on the table, simplified (Christine at Lily of the Valley)
8. Freezing leftover spaghetti sauce (Alea at Premeditated Leftovers)
9. Tip for less-icky dish drainer (Stacy at Stacy Makes Cents)