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Old 03-25-2014, 09:19 AM   #11
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You don't even need anything on top I have found. If you want something though a moistened paper towel works well and then you can use that same paper towel to wipe down the inside of the over when done. Just be careful not to burn your hand.
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Kathleen bought some of these. I scoffed, but they work really well.

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thank you can i also use this method for cooking vegetables from frozen
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:41 AM   #14
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You can, yes. Frozen veggies usually have a little bit of ice crystals already on them so often times you can put them in without any added water.
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thank you can i also use this method for cooking vegetables from frozen
It depends on the vegetables. I use it for frozen green beans, but thicker or less evenly shaped items might not cook evenly. Stirring partway through helps.
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but thicker or less evenly shaped items might not cook evenly. Stirring partway through helps.
This is true regardless of being frozen or not.
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My microwave has a button that stops the tray from rotating. I use that when I use my oblong dish that would hit the sides if rotated. It just involves more stirring.
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To steam the vegetables do you need to do this in a sealed container or just sit something on the top so the pressure can escape?

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Don't put anything in a sealed container in the m/wave as it's bad for the nerves! If the container is rigid I often just put a plate on top. You can also use cling film and either turn up an edge or perforate it with a knife, etc,.)to let the hot air out. Covering food also keeps the inside of the m/wave clean if you're cooking/heating something likely to splutter.
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This is true regardless of being frozen or not.
Yes. Andy already said that, so I didn't think it was necessary to repeat it, but thanks.

Keith, for items that cook at different rates, you can keep the finished foods warm in a low oven.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:17 PM   #20
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We never use the microwave as the main cooking appliance.
We use it as an addition to the range oven and stove top.

In many instances its just used for reheating already prepared foods.
We have found those "steamer" vegetables are pretty damn good and very easy. Two servings is just right for my wife and myself.

And i don't think any popcorn has been made on the stove for at least 25 years. Maybe more.
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