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Thursday, January 25, 2007

What's in your microwave?

Today's Guardian has a fascinating article outlining 10 novel uses for your microwave oven. These include:

Get more juice out of lemons and limes, by softening them on high for 15-20 seconds.

Sterilise garden soil to make it fit to plant seedlings. Spread 400g soil on a flat dish and heat on high for 90 seconds or until steaming.

Get extra life out of a dried-up mascara stick by heating for 30-40 seconds on high - with a cup of water in the microwave beside it for safety's sake.

Dye up to 225g of material. Wearing rubber gloves, stir a packet of Dylon natural fabric dye with 200ml cold water in a bowl, add 400ml more water and immerse the fabric. Put the bowl inside a plastic bag in the microwave on high for four minutes. Remove, tip away the dye, and rinse the fabric in cold water. Wash in hot water, then dry away from direct heat or sunlight.

Melt wax for removing leg hair, on 80% power for 10 seconds, assuming it's a full pot. Beware: it doesn't need to boil!

Sterilise jars for jam-making. Put up to six in the oven with about an inch of water in each. Heat for 1½ to 2 minutes, until the water comes to the boil. With oven gloves, remove from microwave, tip out the water and they're ready.

Before I would even consider allowing my microwave to be used for some of these I would need to have a second reserved for food only.
Ha! Good to see they don't list melting chocolate. An oven is the only was to do it ...
If you can sterilise the jars for jam making how do you sterilise the caps for the jars?

I need to know I have a freezer full of blackberries and plums!
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