Until LeKue came into my life my microwave was a limited tool used for reheating a cup of tea or bowl of soup. Now I’m learning to use my microwave to great advantage and my 15 year old microwave is my best friend providing me with tasty, beautiful and very nutritious meals.
Today’s tip – Defrosting food in the microwave from Lekue’s SHORTCUTS
Freezing is one of the best methods for long term food preservation; it stops all biological processes. Frozen foods, once cooked and stored properly, have organoleptic and nutritional properties that are very similar to those held prior to freezing.
To defrost in the microwave, it is recommended that you do so in different phases, mixing the ingredients of the dish from time to time to ensure the dish is defrosted evenly.
Defrost in a covered container to prevent food from drying out; the retention of the steam will help homogenize the inner temperature.
One trick for defrosting individual pieces (one piece of raw salmon? slices of bread?): add 2 to 3 Tbsp of water to the steam case (under the tray), the food on top of the tray will defrost nicely.
OR.. place the food to be defrosted on a dish and cover with a microwave-proofed lid. Set a glass of water beside the dish. Defrost time will be slightly longer with this method, but it will keep the food from partially cooking. Reason? It is the water temperature that will rise – not the temperature of the food.
Defrosting food in the microwave is safe and fast. Bacteria do not have time to multiply – but the food must be eaten immediately after defrosting.
Always use microwave safe utensils and cookware and follow the directions of your microwave.
Lekue’s Minute Cake Pan is great for that one serving of desert; their recipes easy and elegant.
But once these little guys are in your kitchen you’ll find other uses. I carry one around with me in the morning grabbing bites of my morning muesli and fruit while getting ready for a busy day at Inner Oasis.
Great for small left-overs. Just cover with a 4 inch silicone lid from Charles Viancin and it’s sealed and waiting for you when it’s needed.
Any one with young children? Wouldn’t they love to eat from these bright pretty bowls?
A visit from Claire, a great fan of LeKue products; One of her favorites is the cheese maker.
The recipe Lekue provides is simple and easy to follow, but Claire likes more flavor. Her solution: adding dry herbs (chives, cracked pepper, perhaps a touch of oregano,) to the hot milk before you add your choice of lemon, vinegar or yogurt). The heat helps to assure the herbal flavors are released and evenly distributed through your cheese.
Lekue’s recipes are for the 800 watt microwaves found in Europe (Lekue is from Barcelona, Spain).
To powerdown your microwave find your wattage located on an inside wall, or on the white edge you see when you open the microwave door.
Enter the cooking time and then press “power level”. Next enter a number from 1 to 10 (10 will be full power that is 1100 or 1200 watts).
For example 8 would equal 880 watts for an 1100 watt microwave and 960 watts for a 1200 watt microwave. 5 would be 550 watts for an 1100 watt microwave and 600 watts for a 1200 watt microwave.
I have an 1100 watt microwave. I usually enter 7 (770 watts), cook for the suggested time and then add a bit more to reach my food preferences. Once you find your spot and pattern you’ll never think about it again…it’s that easy
“Microwave cooking causes loss of vitamins.” FALSE: Microwaves do not have have the ability to change the molecular structure of food. Moreover, microwave cooking retains better the essential vitamins and minerals, especially the water-soluble vitamins (which are dissolved in water, such as vitamin C), as it is not necessary to soak the food in water to cook and it requires shorter cooking times. Sources: Leskova et al. Vitamin losses: retention during heat treatment… P.CVastells. Cocinar con microondas: una opcion cad vez mas habitaul para las nuevas generacions.
“It is dangerous to be in front of a microwave oven when it’s running.” FALSE: Waves cannot pass through the meal walls of the microwave oven. The door has a metal mesh with holes between 1 – 1.5 mm in diameter, while the wavelength of the microwave is 12 cm, so it is impossible for the waves to get through the microwave and it is completely safe for health. Source: http://Angel. qui.ub.es/mans/Documents/Textos/2013