More from the Microwave

From my microwave manual:

  • To steam hand towels – moisten then place on a microwave safe dish.  Heat on high 20-30 seconds.  This is likely intended to offer to guests after eating a messy item such as lobster. However, I’ve used this for a different purpose  – I have often created “moist heat” this way to relieve a little bit of my aches and pains. I combine it by layering it underneath another heat source such as my heating pad or Magic Bag.
  • To remove cooking odors – Combine 1 – 1 1/2 c. water with the juice and peel of one lemon in a 2 quart microwave safe dish.  Microwave on high for five minutes.  After the water finishes boiling, wipe interior of oven with a cloth.
  • To soften one cup of brown sugar, place in a microwave safe dish with a slice of bread.  Cover with lid or plastic wrap.  Nuke on high for 20 – 30 seconds.
  • To toast nuts, spread 1 1/2 cups on a microwave safe pie plate and nuke on high for 4 – 5 minutes.