Quick! What's your favorite kitchen appliance? It's the microwave, isn't it? And, why not, it reheats coffee, steams veggies, or cooks an entire TV dinner with a few clicks in just a couple of minutes. There's really nothing simpler. Unless ... you start looking for ways to maximize your "micro" potential, which got me thinking: Could you simplify even the simplest kitchen tool?
So, welcome to the list that's going to make your favorite kitchen appliance even more productive. I'm talking microwave pasta (for real), quick-cook omelets, homemade popcorn, and a bag for your potatoes. Do you. have a dedicated microwave device for your oatmeal? That's what I thought. Could you use an easier solution for preparing corn on the cob? I've got you. Take a gander at this list of 37 gadgets you can buy right on Amazon and have on your doorstep two days later. You'll be calling yourself the Microwave Master Chef in no time.
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This Angry Mama's Reaction Will Get Things Clean
Let's get one thing out of the way up front: The worst thing about using a microwave is having to clean up the spills, drips, and splatters that invariably come. I love these angry mama cleaners because they clean and sanitize the inside of your unit without you having to exert any real elbow grease of your own. Fill her up with a solution of water, vinegar, and lemon juice, and then watch the steam shoot out of her head as she leaves your microwave sparkling clean.
Perfect Pasta With The Press of a Button
I know what you're thinking: "Pasta? In the microwave?" Pick your jaw up off the floor because I assure you it's not only possible but likely with the original "fasta pasta" microwave pasta cooker. You'll get just the right al dente cook on your pasta every time, without having to babysit a pot of water or work your magic to keep it from sticking and clumping together.
This Nifty Gadget That Gives You Mac and Cheese ASAP
No time (or patience) to wait for mac and cheese? No problem. This Rapid Mac Cooker gives you the cheesy noodles of your dreams in just five minutes. Because who has the willpower to wait 20 MINUTES for it to cook on the stovetop? Not me!
This Potato Bag Will Cook Spuds Quickly
One potato, two potato, three potato, four ... which is exactly the number of potatoes you can cook in your microwave, thanks to this handy reusable potato bag. Cooking potatoes for an hour or more in the oven is a thing of the past. You can throw up to four potatoes (yellow, white, red, even sweet) into the machine-washable bag and enjoy moist baked potatoes quickly ... or just cut down on your prep time for mashed potatoes or potato salad.
Stack (And Warm) It Up With This Shelf
Who gets to go first in the microwave? Whoever gets there first? Whoever is hungriest? This plate stacker means no more fighting over microwave time or space since it can accommodate two full-sized dinner plates at the same time. Now you can actually eat dinner together instead of one person eating so their food doesn't get cold while the other is still heating up their meal.
Microwave Potato Chips? Yes, Please
You may never buy bagged potato chips again after setting your sights on this microwave potato chip maker that transforms your spud into crunchy chips in less than 10 minutes. This gadget requires no oil, salt, or other additives so you can keep your chips as healthy as you want. If you're not impressed by homemade potato chips, maybe you'll use it to make apple chips, sweet potato chips, or even bagel chips. The possibilities are endless.
Poach Eggs With Pizzazz
This eggcellent addition to your kitchen gadgetry will create perfectly poached eggs in your microwave in no more than 90 seconds. Add water with the included measuring cup, crack your eggs and add them, then cover the container with the lid. You can easily remove the eggs once finished, thanks to the insert design. Now you have no excuse for eating cold pizza for breakfast ever again.
Create A Carousel of Potatoes
Potato bag not your thing? How do you feel about a potato carousel? This baked potato rack offers another opportunity to get your baked potatoes done right, right in the microwave. Each "seat" on the carousel includes two spokes, which securely attach your potato to the unit. When you're finished, throw the entire unit on the top rack of your dishwasher. Bon appetit!
You'll Think This Purchase Is Sweet
The best pancake syrup is warm pancake syrup, and if you disagree, you're wrong. The challenge is that many manufacturers put syrup in bottles that are too tall to fit inside your microwave. This microwaveable syrup warmer doubles as a dispenser that you can plop right on the table at breakfast. You can even use it to store your syrup when you're finished and trash that too-tall syrup bottle.
Transport Your Soup In This Microwave Mug
I own a couple of these microwaveable soup mugs and, let me tell you, they are as handy as a pocket on a shirt. Here's why: First, they're great for warming things in the microwave. That's their primary purpose, of course. Second, they have a locking lid, which means you can transport soup, oatmeal and more without making a mess. The lid also has a built-in steam release vent so you can pop it in the microwave as is.
You'll Pop, And You Won't Stop
I live for popcorn. It is quite literally one of my favorite foods and, while I enjoy it most at the movie theater, I'm not opposed to a good popcorn night at home. This popcorn popper heats evenly after you've added your kernels, butter or oil and desired seasonings so you don't end up with a bunch of unpopped kernels at the bottom of your bowl. Now ... what's on Netflix?
Easy Rice, Rice, Baby
Rice is deceptive, isn't it? It seems so simple, yet so many people struggle with cooking it properly. Cook it too long, and it's gummy; too short, and it's still crunchy. This four-piece rice cooker will eliminate all your grain-cooking problems. You can make up to six cups of rice, quinoa, or even oats with this bad boy, which includes everything pictured: The bowl, locking lid, measuring cup, and rice paddle.
Do You Need S'more Reasons To Buy This?
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The absolute best thing about a campfire is that great smoky smell ... wait, no ... it's the perfectly charred hotdogs ... wait, no ... it's s'mores. Yeah, definitely s'mores. Not everyone has a great place to start a campfire, though, and who wants to go through all that trouble just for s'mores? Now you don't have to. This s'mores maker works right in your microwave, melting your chocolate and marshmallow to the right ooey-gooey consistency.
Get A Handle On Hot Things
How many times have you played the "how hot is too hot to handle?" game after warming something in the microwave? Yeah, me too. And, I never really have anything handy to retrieve my freshly-heated tea/soup/veggies. Potholders are too bulky, and dish towels are too thin ... what's a gal to do? This safe silicone grabber will let you remove hot dishes with ease. When you're not removing hot stuff from the microwave, it doubles as a jar opener, trivet, and more.
You're Bacon My Heart
I couldn't live my life without this microwaveable bacon grill, nor would I want to. Bacon is pretty much a part of my daily life, and I make no apologies for it. This grill makes it simpler to achieve bacon that is both slightly chewy and slightly crispy (my preferred way of eating it), whether you're cooking just one piece or a half-dozen. The lid keeps grease spatter at bay, and the whole thing can be cleaned right in the dishwasher.
Perfect Sammie Eggs In Minutes
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Here's another egg-making superstar! This one is all about the size, which cranks out the ideal shape for, say, an English muffin breakfast sandwich. This cooking method requires no oil or butter, so it keeps it healthy as well. While your eggs are cooking, toast your muffins, add some Canadian bacon and cheese and then throw your perfectly round egg on top—breakfast goals.
The Perfect (S)Pot of Tea
Tea lovers, rejoice! Not only is this glass teapot microwave-safe and minimalist in design, but it's the perfect showpiece for the included blooming teas. What are blooming teas? I'm glad you asked. After you drop the tea pod in the pot and begin warming it, the pod "blooms," presenting a beautiful flower inside the pot. It's a stunning addition to any afternoon tea or tea party.
Keep Splatters Under Cover
My theory is this: If you keep splatters and spills in your microwave to a minimum, it means fewer times that you have to clean it. Smart, eh? This splatter cover not only contains those splatters and spills but also creates an environment in which your food warms more quickly. It's large enough to cover an entire dinner plate and can be cleaned easily ... if you're into that sort of thing.
Make It An (Oat)Meal
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I eat oatmeal in all its forms: Instant oats, old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats, even overnight oatmeal ... you get the idea. The genius of this oatmeal cooker is in its design: It has markings inside the bowl telling you exactly how much oats and water (or milk) to add ... no extra tools required. This pre-measured system means you don't have to think too hard about it, especially if you haven't had your coffee yet.
This Whole-Meal Microwave Cooker Does It All
If you're short on storage space, this whole-meal microwave cooker might be your perfect solution. It quickly and fully cooks, steams, roasts or poaches rice, chicken, steak, eggs, bacon, veggies, pasta, and more in one convenient and compact gadget. No matter what you're cooking, you can do it quickly and conveniently by pulling out just one tool from your kitchen cabinets.
Steam, Bake or Roast With A Silicone Do-It-All
These little silicone pods might remind you of some type of extraterrestrial gadget, but rest assured, they're completely safe for your microwave — and pretty versatile to boot. They convert from a pod to bowl and back again easily to handle everything from cooking your omelet to steaming veggies. It's even safe to put in the oven (note that delicious bread baking in the photo above), increasing its versatility for less than $15.
Make Ramen Even Easier
Just when you thought ramen couldn't get any simpler, they go and invent a rapid ramen cooker to simplify even the easiest kitchen "recipe" (and I use the word "recipe" lightly). Add your brick of ramen, a little water, and three minutes later, you'll be enjoying a guilty pleasure. You might consider grabbing an extra one of these for your favorite college student, solidifying you as their new favorite person.
These Classy Coffee Mugs Transition From Home To Office
How many Starbucks runs do you make in a week? One? Two? Seven or more? You don't have to admit it to me ... it's only for you and God to know. But, if you're trying to save a little money, consider one of these cute and classy glass travel mugs. The lid has a quick-flip opening so you can drink and drive (not that kind of "drink and drive," please) and a silicone sleeve to protect your fingers from a too-hot glass.
There's Nothing Corny About This One
The days are getting longer, and the weather is warming up, which can only mean one thing: Sweet corn season is nearly upon us. (O.K., it's a summer thing, but bear with me, it's been a long winter.) Steam your ears easily with this corn steamer. I can't tell you how much time this would save from running water into a pot and then waiting for it to boil to drop your corn in. You can use it to steam other things, too, like carrots or hotdogs.
No Grill, No Problem
I live in an apartment complex where personal grills are, shall we say, frowned upon. (That doesn't mean I don't have one ... shhh.) If you're in a similar situation (but maybe less of a rulebreaker), consider this microwave grill (microwave grill?!) for your burgers, dogs, and quesadillas. This microwave grill also doubles as a panini press and sandwich maker, giving you perfect grilled cheese with a push of a few buttons.
A Dog-Gone Good Microwave Gadget
I could not pass on adding this hotdog cooker to my list of ingenious gadgets that make microwaving cooking even more magical. Get this: It cooks the hotdog and perfectly steams the bun — at the same time — in under 60 seconds. Insert your dog, put the bun on top and then affix the included lid. Hotdog craving = crushed.
Wrap Your Microwave Meals In A Hugger
Someone made my mom a few bowl huggers a year or two ago, and she has used them religiously ever since. And, it's easy to see why. You can insert a bowl into the hugger and microwave it together, and then pull it all out without burning your hands. You'll get a set of four in this purchase. Pro tip: Leave the bowl in the hugger while you nosh on the couch, and your hands will stay protected from the heat.
Reuse These Baggies Over and Over
Sure, you can buy steamer bags in the frozen aisle at Walmart, but why would you want to? These reusable silicone containers can accomplish the same trick with fresh veggies, and you'll end up saving money in the long run. The set includes two cups, two dishes, and two storage bags for less than $30, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're doing good for the environment at the same time.
"Perc" Up At This Microwave Drink Percolator
Do you like to kick it old-school with your beverages? Maybe you don't have enough counter space for a coffee maker. Either way, this microwave percolator will let you brew a cup of coffee or tea in a space-saving design. Add your water, grounds (in a filter, duh), and then nuke your way to a liquid cup of courage.
These Sweet-and-Salty Mugs Have Built-in Recipes
Are you a salty snacker or a sweet snacker? It doesn't matter because this microwaveable gadget has both covered. The Grub Mugs are a sweet-and-salty mug set that not only serves as a vessel for preparing your snack but has recipes for snacks included right on the outside. Choose from loaded potatoes and mac 'n cheese or chocolate lava cake and berry muffin. Heck, choose them all; I won't tell.
Take Your Tortillas' Temp
Everyone knows when you're cooking a dish that calls for tortillas, what they really mean is warmed tortillas. This tortilla warmer will tackle one part of your kitchen prep so you can focus on dicing peppers or sprinkling cheese, and it looks just like the authentic warmers they use in your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant. It can also warm other delicacies like pancakes or waffles.
Silicone Molds For Limitless Possibilities
Sometimes you just need one mini-bundt cake. Not three or six or a dozen — just one. This 24-piece set of silicone molds has endless possibilities with both bundt cake and doughnut baking styles in a variety of shapes — hearts, stars, flowers, circles, pumpkins, and spirals. So, you're free to make a heart-shaped doughnut for your honey and a star-shaped cake for yourself.
Toaster Bags That Do Double-Duty In The Microwave
I know, I know, this is a list of microwave gadgets so how did a toaster bag make it onto the list? Because it also works in everyone's favorite kitchen appliance — score! This set of 10 toaster bags comes in varying sizes, great for making grilled cheese, toasting cinnamon bread, or warming slices of leftover pizza. Only your creativity limits the possibilities here.
Making An Omelet Has Never Been Simpler
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Stop what you're doing and run right over to Amazon to grab this complete omelet maker for less than $5. Wait, don't stop what you're doing exactly because I want you to keep reading, but you get the idea. I always struggle with omelets in frying pans because they're tricky to not only add all your ingredients into, but also equally as tricky to flip into that perfect omelet shape. This handy gadget handles all of that.
Microwave Brownies In Four Minutes
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If "microwave brownies in four minutes" didn't pique your interest, I don't have much left to say. MICROWAVE. BROWNIES. IN. FOUR. MINUTES. You don't even need any other tools. Add your ingredients using the pre-marked lines and microwave your way to delicious brownies. Did I mention it only takes four minutes? Think how quickly four minutes pass. It's like one round of TV commercials. Perfection.
Single-Serve In Style With This Stoneware
Sometimes you just want to feel fancy, even if you rely heavily on microwave cooking. This ceramic stoneware cooker elevates your quick cooking a notch or two and handles everything from soup and eggs to cheesecake and more. The steam release "chimney" opening allows the steam to escape, and the domed lid ensures even heat circulation. You'll feel very fancy with this one.
An Easier Way To Have Pizza For Breakfast
I've done it. You've done it. Even your grandma has probably done it. By "it," I mean eating leftover pizza for breakfast. There's no shame in it: Cold, hot, doesn't matter. Leftover pizza, honestly, is better than pizza when it's fresh. This three-pack of pizza storage containers lets you take a slice on the go (and warm it up if you choose to), whether you're on the way to work or just running errands.