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Things you didn’t know you could cook in a microwave

The microwave sometimes gets a bad rap, but it’s actually a very useful appliance and a seriously under-appreciated kitchen tool. Sure, you probably won’t want to forgo the grill to cook your $100 prime rib roast in the microwave, but even chefs at fancy New York restaurants cop to nuking dinners at home — including delicate entrees like fish en papillote. Who would have thought?

Aside from the usual reheating of last night’s leftovers, there are a lot of ways to take advantage of the microwave and its quick-cooking abilities. Did you know you can use it to toast nuts and roast garlic? No? Here’s what else you didn’t know you could cook in the microwave.

Corn on the cob without the grill

If you’re having a cookout and already have the grill fired up, roasting corn on the cob is no big deal. But if the craving strikes and there’s no grill in sight, it’s the microwave to the rescue. The best part of this method is that you don’t even have to remove the husk or silk — just toss the whole thing in and cook it for 3-4 minutes. The corn steams in its own nature-provided package for a perfectly cooked cob. Add butter, or not, and you’re done. (You should definitely add butter though. Salt, too.)

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