When I first discovered coconut oil, my main infatuation was its ability to have two different states: solid and liquid. Coconut oil turns from a solid to a liquid at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. If you like to keep yours in the fridge, it will be a complete solid. However, if left out on the counter, your coconut oil will have a softer consistency. In order to get coconut oil into a complete liquid form, heat must be applied.
I cook on a daily basis and recently found that the microwave can actually be super helpful when I’m in a rush. Through trial and error, I’ve found a lot of foods can be heated accordingly with the microwave. This has been a huge time saver for me when whipping up delicious meals, so today I wanted to share my microwave timing hints:
Coconut Oil: Place desired amount of coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish. Depending on your measurement, first start off at 10 seconds and increase by 5 seconds thereafter. Popcorn goes great with melted coconut oil!
Almonds (toasting): Place desired amount of slivered or sliced almonds in a 2-cup microwave-safe dish. Microwave uncovered on high for 1 minute; stir. Place time to 1-3 minutes more, stirring every 30 seconds. At the first sign of toasting, spread evenly on a paper towel. Let cool for 15 minutes before using. Try this almond recipe out in the microwave.
Chocolate (melting): Place desired amount of chocolate, pieces or chopped, in a microwave-safe dish. Add in 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Microwave on medium-high power, uncovered, for 1 minute; stir. Continue microwaving for 1-3 minutes, stirring every 15 seconds, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Try this technique with our peppermint bark.
Cream Cheese (softening): In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream cheese, uncovered, on high. Allow 10 to 20 seconds for 3 ounces and 30 to 60 seconds for 8 ounces, or until cream cheese begins to soften. Let stand for 5 minutes. Try this technique with our lemon cake with cream cheese frosting.
Pancake Syrup: In a microwave-safe dish, heat pancake syrup on high heat for 20 to 30 seconds. Increase time to 10 seconds, until warm. Try serving over hearty protein pancakes.
Potatoes (baking): Prick medium sized baking or sweet potatoes with a fork. Microwave uncovered on high heat until tender. Allow 4-6 minutes for one potato, 6-9 minutes for two potatoes, and 10-15 minutes for four potatoes. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Try this technique when making mashed sweet potatoes.
Tortillas (softening): Place tortillas between paper towels. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds for four tortillas and 30-40 seconds for six tortillas. Making steak tacos is the perfect way to put those tortillas to use.
Do you have any favorite microwaving tips?