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The microwave is an apartment-dweller’s best friend. This practical, portable, and reliable kitchen appliance can cook almost anything for you, which is especially convenient if you don’t have room for multiple kitchen gadgets. Plus, you can easily take it with you when you move.

However, if you’re using your microwave only to reheat last night’s takeout, nuke lukewarm coffee, and occasionally defrost a meal, you’re missing out. Here, we’ll look at some surprising uses to help you get the most out of your microwave — and warn you about a few things you shouldn’t put in this modern marvel.

3 Foods You Should Never Microwave

Broccoli (in Water)

You may have heard that microwaving broccoli robs it of more than 90 percent of its nutrients. While a study did find this to be true, it’s important to read the fine print. Broccoli loses those nutrients only when it’s microwaved in a bowl filled with water. To make sure your florets keep those beneficial vitamins, place them in a microwave-safe bowl, add a teaspoon of water, and seal the bowl tight, then press the steam button on your microwave.

Eggs (in Shells)

Always take eggs out of their shells before microwaving them. If they’re microwaved in the shell, the pressure builds up inside the egg as it quickly heats up. There’s nowhere for that pressure to go, so the egg explodes, leaving you with a big mess to clean up. If you want a boiled egg, put it in a pot on the stove.

Grapes

There aren’t any practical reasons to cook grapes, but when sliced and microwaved, they explode and create plasma — a high-energy ionized gas — in your microwave. According to this Popular Science blog, “Grapes are chock-full of electrolyte, an ion-rich liquid (aka ‘grape juice’) that conducts electricity … Microwaves cause the stray ions in the grape to travel back and forth very quickly between the two halves.” This eventually results in flames and plasma, which can damage your microwave. Make sure you (and any curious kids) steer clear of microwaving this fruit.

You should never run your microwave without anything in it. When it’s turned on while empty, the microwaves have nowhere to go and could potentially damage the appliance.

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Wet Sponges

You can’t put a lot of nonfood items in the microwave, but the one you should zap every day is your kitchen sponge. Saturate the sponge in water and zap it for 1 to 2 minutes to eradicate 99.9 percent of the germs it harbors. Just make sure it’s fully wet — a dry sponge could melt.

Eggs (Without Shells)

Eggs can be microwaved in a multitude of ways once you remove the shell, from simple scrambled eggs to poached perfection (with the aid of a microwave egg poacher). There are many recipes out there for microwave egg cooking, but the easiest way is to pop an egg in a small bowl, whisk it with a fork, and zap it for 30 seconds. You’ll have an egg soufflé in moments. The best part? You won’t have a mess of dishes after breakfast — just eat your eggs straight out of the dish you cooked it in.

Cookies From Scratch

If you want a cookie with your glass of milk but don’t want a whole batch lying around to tempt you, make one in a mug instead. You can “bake” a single-serving cookie in just a minute using the microwave.

The simplest recipe is a chocolate chip cookie:

Mix together 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and an egg in a large mug.
Add 1/3 cup of flour and a pinch of baking powder.
Stir in some chocolate chips.
Microwave for 1 minute. Voilà — a cookie for one!

Take advantage of your microwave and use it for something new and unexpected. Looking for more recipes for your microwave? Check out the Food and Entertainment section.

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Jennifer Tuohy is a mom of two and DIYer who writes about DIY projects, technology, and green topics. She also provides advice on sustainable living for The Home Depot. The Home Depot’s website carries a wide selection of microwave ovens, which you can browse by clicking here.

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