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Microwaving carrots

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DoubleDegreeStudent · 20/09/2011 19:57

My kitchen gets really hot and as I was standing over the hob a bit earlier, I thought how much easier it would be if I could cook a few bits of veg in the microwave.

I know in Marks you can get little bags of veg that you pierce and then microwave, and I know in theory you could cook veg in a microwave, but how do I do it?

Freezer bag? Bowl with clingfilm? Just a bowl? I thought carrots would be good because it wouldn't be so disgusting if they were undercooked (I am just not one of those people who eats raw broccoli, sorry). How hot? How long?

Or is it all more of a faff than it sounds and just not worth bothering over?

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Flisspaps · 20/09/2011 19:59

I just stick my veg in a bowl with a bit of water, then nuke for a couple of minutes at a time until they feel done.

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Tonksforthememories · 20/09/2011 20:01

I have a microwave steamer that i do veg in, even those little Anya potatoes! So much faster :o

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DoubleDegreeStudent · 20/09/2011 20:03

Tonks I had one of those, but when I left Paris it got all squished and crushed in my suitcase. It was a present - where can I buy another one?

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GardenersDelight · 20/09/2011 20:17

lakeland does microwave steamers

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Tonksforthememories · 20/09/2011 22:39

Pampered Chef do too, we've had both and Pampered Chef ones are better by far!

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berri · 21/09/2011 02:36

I microwave most of our veg - as Flisspaps said just put a bowl with a bit of water, not a lot, just to stop it exploding, then cover and cook. Carrots would take longer than peas for instance, I'd probably say about 3 or 4 mins, give them a bit of a shake around half way through to check.

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CogitoErgoSometimes · 21/09/2011 06:53

Not worth bothering over. Microwaves don't really cook things nicely. They just take them from 'cold and raw' to 'hot and not raw'. Slice your carrots thinly and they cook in three or four minutes conventionally... so no quicker in a microwave.

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TotemPole · 22/09/2011 08:55

I microwave most veg.

I put the carrots in a dish with a lid, add a bit of water. Cook for a minute or two, then if I was doing broccoli as well, I'd lay it on top of the carrots and cook for a few minutes more until the broccoli was cooked.

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seeker · 22/09/2011 08:58

I microwave frozen peas, and that's it. I don't think they taste as nice as steamed and it reallly isn't much quicker.

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DoubleDegreeStudent · 22/09/2011 19:14

Thanks everyone! I might try it one day when I'm only cooking for me and won't be embarrassed in front of everyone.

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moragbellingham · 25/09/2011 16:48

Matalan do these brilliant things with a steam vent in the lid. I now do my veg in the microwave but haven't tried potatoes yet.

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AnnaBegins · 25/09/2011 16:57

My DP does carrots in the microwave, in a bowl with some water and covered with clingfilm. I'm still trying to train him out of it as they end up looking a bit dry around the edges but still undercooked!

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