Surprising Uses of Microwave Ovens

Sharp Over-the-Range Microwave with coffee

We love our microwave ovens, and we are not afraid to shout it from the rooftops! You would be this excited too if you knew what we knew, you know? There are plenty of obvious and not-so-obvious ways you can use a microwave oven in your everyday life. Today I will be sharing a whole host of relatively unknown ways you can take advantage of a Sharp microwave oven. Spoiler alert, some of the microwave oven uses don’t even involve cooking. . .

The Most Common Microwave Oven Uses

Reheating leftovers is where our minds like to leap to when we think about ways to make use of our microwave ovens.  It’s what we have been conditioned to expect from this underappreciated appliance. But did you know that there are also microwaves that are specifically tuned to achieve optimal popping results from the leader in microwave popcorn, Orville Redenbacher’s®? The Sharp 1.1 cu. ft. 1000W Stainless Steel Carousel Countertop Microwave Oven makes the perfect bag of popcorn with both the Classic Size (3.3 oz) or Single Serve Mini Bag (1.16 oz) of Orville Redenbacher’s® Microwave Popcorn.

You can also task your microwave oven to cook frozen vegetables, which is a nifty trick if you haven’t already tried it! Surprisingly, these uses barley begin to scrape the surface of what your microwave oven can do for you.

The Less Common Microwave Oven Uses

Did you know that the best way to quickly defrost frozen food is by popping it in your microwave oven for a few minutes? This has saved my sanity on several occasions. Too many times, I’ve forgotten to take food out of the freezer the morning before I plan on cooking dinner, leaving me with just one option in the evening.

A few other ways you may be missing out on optimizing your microwave oven are:

  • To melt or soften butter.
  • For toasting & crisping nuts.
  • To cook foods aside from vegetables such as meat, potatoes, and fish.


The Relatively Unknown Microwave Oven Uses

Some of the world’s most adventurous kitchen innovators have discovered, through relentless trial and error, a few scarcely recognized reasons to use a microwave oven.  The most relevant to me thus far has been to help squeeze the last few drops of liquid out of plastic bottles. Whether it be stubborn squirts of chocolate syrup that you want to dump on top of your bowl of ice cream or evasive trickles of ketchup waiting to introduce themselves to your plate of french fries; 10 seconds in a microwave oven is sure to get the job done.

Cleaning is never nearly as fun as cooking, but reality dictates that one cannot exist without the other. That being said, I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my cleanup process. You could imagine my excitement upon discovering that my microwave oven could do precisely this! All you need to do is fill a ceramic bowl with water and place dirty Tupperware, cutting boards, spatulas or any other kitchen utility inside. After that, stick the bowl into your microwave oven for just a few minutes. You will realize that any reluctant residue or grime will be gone from your kitchen utility. Wipe dry, and the work is done.

Exciting Exploration

After learning about the available options, will you still settle for a simple, standard understanding of what microwave ovens are capable of? Doubtful. Not after hearing how much you can do with just one standard appliance. It is always amazing to discover new, creative ways to capitalize on existing appliances and ideas. The hope is that new dimensions of our personalities evolve out of these expeditions into the unknown. As always, we sincerely hope that you can take what you’ve read here and apply it to your daily lives.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of certain Home Appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States.  Leading products include Sharp Carousel(R), Microwave DrawerTM, SuperSteam+TM ovens, and Plasmacluster(R) Ion air purifiers. Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally, received a 2018 Thomson Reuters TOP 100 Global Technology Leader Award, and appears on the Forbes America’s Best Employers 2017 list.1

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1 Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013; Forbes, 2017;

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This mid-sized 1.1 cu. ft.* stainless steel Sharp Carousel microwave is more than a great choice for reheating and everyday cooking, it’s also specifically tuned to achieve optimal popping results from the leader in microwave popcorn, Orville Redenbacher’s(R).** Simply touch the “Popcorn” button on the SMC1132CS to choose the Classic Size (3.3 oz) or Single Serve Mini Bag (1.16 oz) of Orville Redenbacher’s(R) Microwave Popcorn. Then sit back and enjoy light and fluffy popcorn with the delicious, buttery flavor of Orville Redenbacher’s(R) Gourmet(R) Popping Corn.

The SMC1132CS is not just for popcorn. 1000 watts of power give you rapid reheating and fast cooking. Easy-to-clean stainless steel finish with scratch-resistant glass door complement your style. One-Touch controls, Auto Defrost and the Carousel turntable system make cooking and reheating faster and easier. It’s easy to see why home cooks throughout the world trust Sharp Carousel.

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Combination 1.5 cu. ft.* white Carousel(R) convection and microwave oven gives you the best of both worlds. Convection technology provides for perfect roasting, baking and browning while the microwave gives you the speed you desire. 900 watts of power give you rapid reheating and fast cooking. Easy-to-clean matte white finish with scratch-resistant glass door complements your style.

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Sharp’s top-of-the-line Microwave DrawerTM features Easy Wave Open for touchless operation. Simply wave up-and-down near the motion sensor and Microwave Drawer will glide open. With the touch of a button or a gentle nudge, our patented Easy Touch Automatic Drawer System smoothly closes the oven to avoid messy spills. And the SMD2480CS Sharp(R) Microwave DrawerTM stays closed when you walk by, so children and pets won’t accidentally open it.


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