During Tupperware parties, we often teach our clients about the 3-4-5 basic rules for adapting a recipe that needs to be cooked in the oven, to the microwave oven. And we now share them with you:
- 3 – Always let stand for a third of the cooking time.
- 4 – Divide the original oven cooking time by 4, and that’s the cook time for the microwave.
- 5 – Divide the oven temperature by 5, which will give you the power level at which you should set your microwave. For example, you would normally cook a chicken at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If we divide it by 5 that give’s us the intensity at which to set the microwave: 70%.
Also, we can reduce the seasoning, including salt, by half. The friction of the water molecules in the food, while reheating, diffuses the flavor.
Finally, you can reduce the water amount required for a recipe by ¼ cup, per cup. For example, if the recipe requires 2 cups, you would only put 1-½ cups.
There you go, now you know! Happy cooking!