Microwave ovens are so underrated, especially with other types of ovens, Instant Pots, and air fryers stealing the spotlight in recent years, but if you’re a busy mom who wants to take control back in the kitchen, here are several Reasons Busy Moms Should Have Microwave Ovens.
Reasons Busy Moms Should Have Microwave Ovens
- Prep Meals Weekly. If you’re a busy mom, whether you’re juggling between work or taking care of multiple kids, a microwave oven can be heaven-sent if used properly. Assign a day of the week (ideally during your day off) for prepping and cooking meals. You’d then portion the food you cooked and place them in
- Choose healthier food. If you can recreate food in your pantry and cook it in the microwave, you’ll be able to eat healthier food and avoid getting fast food. Even steaming vegetables is possible in under 10 minutes in a microwave oven.
- Create your own late-night, most-craved snacks. Got a craving for pizza? Nachos? Cookies or brownies? Mac and cheese? With a microwave oven, you can cook these recipes quickly. The trick here is to find a recipe with the words “microwave” or “in a mug,” such as microwave cookies or brownies in a mug recipe.
- Defrosting is a breeze. If you’re having a busy morning and you forgot to bring out frozen meat for lunch, the way to fix this is to just order takeout. However, if you have a microwave oven, defrosting any kind of frozen fish or meat is easy and efficient.Since owning a microwave, I’ve bought so many frozen food boxes in the grocery to try out and add into our weekly meals. They’re such time-savers and good for busy moms like you and me.
- Make time-consuming prep a LOT quicker. My favorites are cooking corn on the cob and removing the skin of garlic. The best part of microwaving corn is that you leave corn in the husk without shucking. You’ll just have to trim the end off the ears to fit it inside the microwave, then run it for 4-5 minutes/ear of corn on high power. If two ears of corn fit in your microwave, you’d have to time the microwave between 8 to 10 minutes. When done, cut an inch of the ear’s end and just slide off the husk-free and silk-free corn on a cob. As for peeling garlic, all you have to do is put a head of garlic into the microwave for 20 seconds and the skin would easily peel right off after.
- Let kids do the cooking. The microwave oven is kid-friendly because it has no direct fire like the traditional oven or stove top. Yes, the microwave can still be dangerous if a kid puts his/her head inside the cabinet, or they leave the door slightly open, but not as dangerous as direct fire.
- Prep and heat sauces as needed. Makeahead all kinds of sauces, from white cheese sauce to caramel sauce, Buffalo sauce, Hollandaise sauce, salsa, tomato relish, pizza sauce, and cranberry sauce, among others. Place them in a Mason jar (or any other microwavable jars). Put them in your ref. And heat them in the microwave when you’re ready to use them for pasta and other meals.
- Bake recipes a LOT faster. Microwave ovens are great at reducing the proofing time of yeast to almost half the time. If your family loves bread but you can’t sneak breadmaking into your schedule, the microwave can help you bring freshly made bread back to your kitchen table. Microwave ovens also melt ingredients like butter, chocolate, honey, cheese, marshmallows and other items that you’d normally wait to melt before adding into recipes.
- Make your own herbs. If you’re not a fan of store-bought herbs, a microwave oven can be the tool to dry your backyard herbs for you. You don’t need any fancy tools to do this either. Just pick your favorite herbs, place them on a microwave-safe bowl or plate, then run it for 10 to 15 minutes. The oven should dry out the leaves enough that you can easily slide them from the stalks.
- Do arts and crafts hassle-free. If you have younger kids who have all kinds of projects, I’m sure you’ll face some that would require the use of microwaves. Melting old crayons? Drying flowers? Making homemade playdough? All of these can easily be done WITH a microwave oven.
Microwave ovens also have other non-food uses, such as sterilizing common household items like the chopping board or sponges.
A standard 600- to 800-watt microwave oven is suitable for homes that feed 4 to 6 people. If you’re cooking for a bigger family, buying this for a commercial kitchen, or if you need to heat up a lot of food, then go with a commercial microwave oven instead.