Microwave Rescues

Check out the following handy chart for fast and convenient microwave solutions.

Food, Utensil and Tips Power Level Amount Time
Bacon, thin sliced (cooking)
Plate lined with paper towels; cover with paper towel.
High (100%) 1 slice 45 sec to 2 min
4 slices 3 to 4 min
Brown sugar, hard (softening)
Paper box or bowl
High (100%) Up to 2 cups Check every 30 sec
Caramels (melting)
4-cup glass measure, uncovered
High (100%) 1 pkg (14 oz) caramels mixed with 2 Tbsp water 3 to 4 min, stirring every 45 sec
Chocolate, baking (melting)
Paper wrapper or bowl
Medium (50%) 1 or 2 oz 3 or 4 min, stirring after 2 min
Chocolate Chips (melting)
Bowl or glass measuring cup, uncovered. Chips will not change shape.
Medium (50%) 1/2 to 1 cup 3 to 4 min
Cream Cheese (softening)
Remove foil wrapper. Place on waxed paper or plate, uncovered.
Medium (50%) 3-oz pkg 30 to 45 sec
8-oz pkg 1 to 1 1/2 min
Dried Fruit (softening)
2-cup measure; cover tightly.
High (100%) 1 cup; sprinkle with 1 tsp water 45 sec to 1 minute, let stand a few min.
Honey (crystallized)
Jar with lid removed, uncovered
High (100%) 8-oz jar 30 sec to 2 min, stirring every 30 sec
Ice Cream (softening)
Original container; remove any foil.
Low (10%) 1/2 gal 1 1/2 min, rotating 1/2 turn after 1 minute
Margarine or Butter (melting)
Remove foil wrapper. Measuring cup or small bowl, uncovered
High (100%) 1 to 2 Tbsp 15 to 30 sec
3 to 4 Tbsp 30 to 45 sec
1/3 to 1/2 cup 45 to 60 sec
2/3 to 1 cup 1 to 1 1/2 min
Margarine or Butter (softening)
Remove foil wrapper. Measuring cup or small bowl, uncovered
Medium-low (30%) 1 to 3 Tbsp 15 to 30 sec
1/4 to 1 cup 30 to 45 sec
Muffins or rolls (reheating)
Plate or napkin-lined basket, uncovered
Medium (50%) 1 15 to 30 sec
2 25 to 40 sec
3 35 to 60 sec
4 45 sec to 1 1/4 min
Nuts, chopped (toasting)
Shallow bowl or pie plate. Mix nuts with 1 tsp melted margarine or butter. Stir every 30 sec.
High (100%) 1/4 cup 1 1/2 to 2 min
1/2 cup 2 1/2 to 3 min
Syrup (heating)
Measuring cup or pitcher, uncovered. Stir before serving.
High (100%) 1/2 cup 45 to 60 sec
Coconut (toasting)
Shallow bowl or pie plate, uncovered. Stir every 30 sec.
High (100%) 1/4 to 1/2 cup 1 to 1 1/2 min
1 cup 2 to 2 1/2 min
Fruit, refrigerated (warming)
Place on floor of microwave.
High (100%) 1 medium 15 sec
Snacks (crisping popcorn, pretzels, corn chips or potato chips)
Napkin-lined basket, uncovered
High (100%) 2 cups 30 to 60 sec
4 cups 1 to 2 min
Vegetables or Fruits, frozen (thawing)
Remove outer wrap from box; pierce box or bag with fork. Place on paper towel. Turn over after half the time; drain.
Medium-low (30%) 9- to 12-oz pkg 6 to 10 min
16-oz bag 8 to 12 min
Water (boiling)
Glass measuring cup
High (100%) 1 cup 2 to 3 min