It's super-convenient cooking in a microwave – and these tips will serve you well for consistent microwaving success
When microwaving fruit and veges, don't add extra water. Frozen veges such as peas and corn can be cooked straight from the freezer in about three minutes for half a cup.
Standing time is needed for items microwaved more than three minutes. As a guide, standing time is half the cooking time. This is so the food temperature can be regulated throughout the food. (Note: once cooked, microwaved food becomes hotter for a few minutes.)
Microwave-proof containers are essential (Pyrex is useful), and especially good if they have a lid to stop food spitting.
Always use oven gloves to remove food.
Be wary of steam when removing lids.
Freshen up your microwave once you've wiped it clean by placing a slice of lemon in a bowl of water and cook on high for one minute. Leave in the microwave for 10 minutes.