Your microwave can be just as good at cooking as your stove, but it takes getting familiar with your power settings. You have to adjust it according to what you're cooking, and that means knowing your wattage. If you're not sure what your microwave's wattage is, boil a cup of water to find out. Photo by alangraham999.
If your microwave's wattage isn't on the machine or you just can't seem to find it, Epicurious offers this quick tip to get an estimate:
To find an approximation of your machine's wattage, fill a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup with 1 cup cold water. Microwave on High and keep an eye on it, noting how long it takes for the water to come to a boil…
- 1 1/2 minutes: 1,200 watts
- 2 minutes: 1,000 watts
- 2 1/2 minutes: 800 watts
- 3 minutes: 700 watts
- 4 minutes: 600 watts
Once you figure it out, you can adjust your power settings to make sure your food is cooked properly. Epicurious offers suggestions for that, too, so check out their full post at the link below.