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Microwave Rescues You Can't Be Without
Microwave Rescues You Cant Be Without!

Check out this handy chart for convenient and fast solutions.  "NOTE" Use microwavable utinsels only".

Food, Utensil and Tips Power Level Amount Time
Bacon, thinly sliced (cook)
Plate or bacon rack lined with paper towels. Cover with paper towel and place between layers. Microwave until crisp.

High (100%) 1 to 8 slices 30 to 45 sec each
Brown Sugar, hard (soften)
Bowl covered with damp paper towel then plastic wrap. Repeat heating once or twice.

High (100%) 1 to 3 cups 1 min;
let stand 2 min until softened
Butter or Margarine (melt)
Remove foil wrapper. Bowl or measuring cup; covered.

High (100%) 1 to 8 Tbsp

1/2 to 1 cup
30 to 50 sec

60 to 75 sec
Butter or Margarine (soften)
Remove foil wrapper. Bowl or measuring cup; uncovered.

High (100%) 1 to 8 Tbsp

1/2 to 1 cup
10 to 20 sec

15 to 30 sec
Caramels (melt)
4-cup measuring cup; uncovered

High (100%) 14-oz bag caramels mixed with 2 to 4 Tbsp milk or water
2 to 3 min;
stir once or twice
Chocolate, unsweetened or sweetened baking (melt)

Unwrapped squares in bowl or measuring cup.

Medium (50%) 1 to 3 oz 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 min
Chocolate Chips (melt)
Bowl or measuring cup; uncovered. Chips will not change shape.

Medium (50%) 1/2 to 1 cup 2 to 3 min
Coconut (toast)
2-cup measuring cup or pie plate, uncovered. Stir every 30 sec.

High (100%) 1/4 to 1/2 cup

1 cup
1 1/2 to 2 min

2 to 3 min
Cream Cheese (soften)
Remove foil wrapper or cover. Bowl or leave in plastic tub; uncovered.
Medium (50%) 3-oz pkg

8-oz pkg

8-oz tub
45 to 60 sec

1 to 1 1/2 min

45 to 60 sec
Dried Fruit (soften)
2-cup measuring cup; add 1/2 tsp water for each 1/2 cup fruit. Cover with plastic wrap, folding back one edge or corner 1/4-inch to vent steam.

High (100%) 1/4 to 1/2 cup

1/2 to 1 cup
30 to 45 sec

45 to 60 sec;
let stand 2 min
Fruit, frozen (thaw)
Leave in plastic bag or pouch or transfer to bowl; thaw until most of ice is gone.

Medium (50%) 16-oz bag 3 to 5 min;
stir or rearrange twice.
Fruit, refrigerated (warm)
Place in microwave, on napkin or paper towel if desired.
High (100%) 1 medium

2 medium
15 sec

20 to 30 sec;
let stand 2 min
Honey (dissolve crystals)
Jar with lid removed; uncovered.
High (100%) 1/2 to 1 cup 45 sec to 1 1/2 min;
stir every 20 to 30 sec or until crystals dissolve
Ice Cream (soften)
Original container; remove any foil.

Low (10%) 1/2 gallon 2 to 3 min;
let stand 2 to 3 min
Muffins or Rolls (heat)
(small to medium)
Plate, napkin or napkin-lined basket; uncovered.
High (100%) 1 to 4 5 to 10 sec each
Muffins or Rolls (heat)
(large to jumbo)
Plate, napkin or napkin-lined basket; uncovered.
High (100%) 1 to 4 10 to 20 sec each
Nuts, chopped (toast)
Measuring cup, uncovered; add 1/4 tsp vegetable oil for each 1/4 cup nuts. Stir every 30 sec until light brown.
High (100%)

1/4 to 1/2 cup

1/2 to 1 cup

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 min

3 to 4 min

Snacks (crisp)
(popcorn, pretzels, corn chips or potato chips)
Paper towel-lined basket; uncovered

High (100%)

2 cups

4 cups

20 to 40 sec

40 to 60 sec

Syrup (heat)
Measuring cup or pitcher; uncovered. Stir every 30 sec.

High (100%) 1/2 cup

1 cup
30 to 45 sec

45 to 60 sec

Water (boil)
Measuring cup; uncovered.

Stir after half the time to avoid overheating.

High (100%) 1 cup 2 to 3 min