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twogeniesinabottle · 08/12/2019 10:04

Not an aibu but not sure where to post.
My cooker packed in Thursday evening. Get it fixed on Tuesday afternoon. So in the mean time I am trying to make do with what I have without spending money as I don't have any.
I have a microwave and various meals in freezer. Mainly mince with gravy, bolognese.
I have curry sauce in cupboard, rice, potato's and general veg.
Is there any way I can make mashed potatoes or pasta or rice in the microwave?
Never tried and not 100% on it.
Ideally potato's as mince and potatoes as it's there fave.

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SomeHalfHumanCreatureThing · 08/12/2019 10:14

You can make mash by microwaving potatoes whole and then scooping out the middle. Put in a bowl with some butter, mash a bit, then microwave for a few seconds.

Not sure mince will work in the microwave though.


SomeHalfHumanCreatureThing · 08/12/2019 10:15

Do you know anybody that might have a little electric hob you could borrow? Friends who camp have that sort of thing.


Ricekrispie22 · 08/12/2019 10:15


Tableclothing · 08/12/2019 10:18

You can buy little pouches of microwave rice/other cooked grains. They cost about 60p for two portions and take a couple of minutes.

Go on BBC Good Food website if you haven't got the app and search for 'microwave' and it will give you some ideas for meals.


Tableclothing · 08/12/2019 10:18

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twogeniesinabottle · 08/12/2019 10:19

Perfect guys thanks. My mince is precooked and in the freezer so just needs microwaved. My dad is round the corner but at work so cant use his cooker till later tonight don't want to take kids out tonight if i can cook it in the microwave.
Thanks I'll have a look at bbc recipes

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justilou1 · 08/12/2019 10:19

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dementedpixie · 08/12/2019 10:20

You can buy microwave rice/pasta which might be easier than trying to cook the dry stuff. Or google how to microwave cook them.


StrawberryPi · 08/12/2019 10:23

I do mash in the microwave all the time. It's especially good for cottage/fish pie as it makes mash that isn't soggy or waterlogged at all so it doesn't sink into the sauce!

As PP says micro whole til cooked (at least ten men's probably), peel and mash as usual. Make sure to stab them well first so they don't explode!


Iamnotagoddess · 08/12/2019 10:24

Jacket spuds.


ThanksForAllTheFish · 08/12/2019 10:28

You can buy micro rice, most supermarkets do own brand versions that are cheaper than the uncle bens stuff. You can buy ready made mash that just needs to be microwaved. Depend on the supermarket it will be either with the ready meals or in the fresh fruit and veg section. You can buy frozen baked potatoes that go in the microwave (would work well for the Bolognese).
You can cook a lot in the microwave, you can even do proper pasta or rice but it might take a bit of time. Online will have a lot of instructions on how to do this - just google it. I would say raw meat is pretty much the only thing you can’t do in a microwave. Everything else is doable but somethings may not come out as nice (soggy at the bottom, too crispy in places etc)


dementedpixie · 08/12/2019 10:31

You dont need frozen potatoes to bake, just use ones out the veg section as they will be cheaper. I get aldi rice trays and they are about 79p each


MitziK · 08/12/2019 10:50

Pasta is easy, you just need a tub with some form of lid.

Boil the kettle. Put boiling water into tub, add pasta - twists, penne or shells work brilliantly for this - stir, put on lid (loosely).

Put in microwave briefly (1m?) to bring the water back up to the boil. Take tub out, put it on the side for ten minutes or so.

When you come back to it, the pasta is fully cooked.

I do this in a saucepan usually, rather than boiling it constantly, and it gives perfectly cooked pasta that holds its shape, with no risk of boiling over, but it works just as well when you've just got a kettle and microwave.


cockcrowfarm · 09/12/2019 16:20

You can cook almost anything that you can cook on a hob in the microwave, many oven dishes will work too, you just can't brown or crisp them.

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