Microwave Timing Tips

Melted Coconut Oil

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?

-Kayla

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2 Comments Post a comment

  1. eric
    November 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    there is a lot of information on the web about microwave destroying the goodness of coconut oil. is this the case?

    • November 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Hi Eric,

      The microwave may not be beneficial for any type of food and we recognize this. However, we were giving tips for those who do use the microwave for the convenience factor. You may melt your coconut oil on a stove top as an alternative.

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