I don’t want to say that I eat a lot of frozen chicken nuggets. Not because I don’t, but because I literally do not want to tell the world that I do so. Anyway, if you’re someone like me who (ahem) occasionally eats things like frozen chicken nuggets, you know that when preparing them, you usually have three options:
– Deep frying (no one is breaking out the deep fryer for
12 6 chicken nuggets)
– Microwave for a few minutes
– Bake at 400 degrees for something like 20 years
So you’re usually faced with choosing between the convenience (but mushiness) of the microwave, or the superior output (but eternal wait time) of the oven. Depending on how hungry you are, most people will cave and just nuke the nuggets. But you don’t have to! You can, in fact, have the best of both worlds.
Set your toaster oven to broil, and put your nuggets on a plate. Get them in the microwave for half, maybe a third of the time recommended by the manufacturer. When they’re done, transfer them to the toaster oven, and let them broil for a couple of minutes per side. Remember, this is food that’s already been cooked, and all we’re doing is heating it up. The microwave will thaw it out, and the broiler finishes the job and crisps up the outside. You get oven-quality results in a fraction of the time.
Once you get the hang of it, you realize that the same principle can apply to all kinds of frozen foods. Frozen french fries that only have oven instructions? Nuke them first and cut your cooking time significantly, finishing them either in the oven or on the stove. Given that frozen food was designed for the haggard, harried, and lazy, it only makes sense to find the laziest way possible to prepare them.
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