Boiling water doesn't exactly take hours to achieve, but sometimes you're in a rush. This microwave trick can almost cut the time it takes to bring water to a boil in half.
Photo by Scott Akerman.
Even if you're a professional chef, the microwave can be useful for a lot of things. It's a great tool, especially when you want to get your pasta meal going a little quicker. If you're in a bit of a rush, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt at Serious Eats suggests you can speed up the boiling process with your microwave:
...if you want a pot of water to come to a boil faster, fill it half way with water and set it on the stovetop. Microwave the other half for a couple minutes then add them together. It will come to a boil in about half the time as pure stovetop cooking.
The water in the saucepan will be starting to simmer by the time you add in the microwaved water making sure the whole saucepan reaches boiling temperature super fast. Simple, yet effective. You're not adding or changing anything in your recipe and you still get to prepare whatever you're boiling in a traditional way sans any nuking.
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