I grew up without a microwave in our house. It wasn’t until recently that I realized this was odd. When I asked my mom why she never installed one in our kitchen, she said quite frankly, “They kinda freaked me out.” Good enough reason for me!
Although I now have a microwave in my small yet adequate city kitchen, I don’t use it very often. I prefer to steam veggies and fruit for the kids on the stovetop, but sometimes a microwave comes in handy when re-heating leftovers. My favorite use for it is for cooking bacon (we order delicious bacon from our co-op). Since our kitchen lacks an exhaust fan, bacon cooked on the stove-top will stink up the place for days. Cooking it in the microwave lessens the eau d’bacon and doesn’t result in splattered grease everywhere.
However, we do end up with a messy microwave. And since I’m not one to scrub out the microwave after every batch of Sunday bacon, the microwave can get a little icky after a couple weeks. Since I was raised without a one, I never learned how to properly clean it out. As a Homemade Mother I had to come up with a quick and easy method involving no hazardous or expensive commercial cleaners.
Here’s how I safely and effectively clean our dirty microwave:
Once microwave buzzer goes off, leave the door closed for a minute or two to let the steam penetrate all the icky goop. Open microwave and carefully remove bowl with hot water. Using a damp sponge, gently and easily remove all the gunk. Practically zero elbow grease to clean away all the gunky bacon grease.
One happy and sparkling clean microwave!
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