1. Turn a soft taco shell into a hard taco shell

The hack: Put a soft taco shell inside a coffee mug and microwave it for one minute to turn it into a hard taco shell.

The result: I was surprised this worked, but it did. The shell got harder as it cooled, but it was like stale, chewy cardboard instead of a fresh taco shell. So technically it worked, but I wouldn't want to eat it.

hard-taco-shell This formerly soft taco spent a minute in the microwave and hardened up, but it wasn't particularly appetizing. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

2. Freshen up day-old pizza

The hack: Wrap a day-old slice of pizza in a paper towel and heat it in the microwave with a cup of water for a fresh, moist slice of pizza.

The result: Gross, soggy, floppy pizza. (The best way I've found to reheat pizza is to place it in a skillet with a lid on it.)

reheated-pizza This pizza, which was reheated in the microwave, tasted as sad as it looks. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

3. Make frothed milk in the microwave

The hack: Shake milk in a mason jar for 30 seconds and then microwave it (without the lid) for an additional 30 seconds to make frothed, steamed milk.

The result: It worked a little, but my milk didn't get super frothy. There was a small amount of froth on top of the mason jar, but the majority of the milk was not frothy.

frothed-milk The little bit of froth on top of this mug of milk was created using the microwave method. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

Peel garlic easily

The hack: Heat a head of garlic in the microwave for 20 seconds, or a clove for 5 seconds, to make it super easy to peel.

The result: This one actually worked! After 5 seconds on the microwave, the garlic skin peel slid right off of the clove.

microwave-garlic The skin peeled right off the garlic after spending a few seconds in the microwave. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

Get the most juice out of a lime or lemon

The hack: Put your lemon or lime in the microwave for about 20 seconds to get more juice out of it.

The result: I squeezed 50 percent more juice out of my lime. I did my experiment differently than the video. I first cut my lime in half and rolled it over my glass juicer until I couldn't get any more juice out of either half. It yielded about an ounce of juice. Then I put those halves in the microwave for 20 seconds. When I removed them, I was able to get another ounce out of each lime. This is a total cocktail party game-changer! I usually juice my lemons and limes shortly before guests arrive so cocktails can be made easily. Now I can get about twice as much out of each fruit.

lime-juiceMicrowaving citrus makes for maximum juice extraction. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.