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This Cool Cookware Makes Entire Meals in the Microwave — It’s Also the Last Day To Shop Before Prices Increase

updated Feb 6, 2023
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Microwave on top of fridge
Credit: Sarah Crowley

I do most of the cooking in my household, and for the most part, I like to make everything from scratch. Bottled salad dressing? No thanks. Canned soup? I’ll pass. I genuinely love cooking so I’ll take the time to caramelize onions or get perfectly crispy skin on a salmon filet. That being said, I’ll admit to occasionally dropping something into the microwave to get dinner on the table faster — sometimes I just don’t want to stand over the stove while my onions sweat it out.

So consider how surprised I was when I tested microwaveable cookware from Anyday and absolutely loved it. Not to be confused with another bowl that you can use to heat up leftovers or defrost frozen food, these airtight and leakproof lidded dishes allow you to actually cook in the microwave. Yes, you read that right!

What’s So Great About Anyday’s Starter Set?

Beautifully crafted from frosted glass and microwave-safe stainless steel, these dishes can go straight from microwave to table to dishwasher. Talk about an easy clean up! The Starter Set comes with four pieces — a shallow bowl, a wide bowl, and two corresponding lids — and is available in three pretty colors.

With these dishes, you can cook marinated raw vegetables, white rice, meat, and even seafood with the simple press of a button. Anyday’s website includes a helpful guide for different microwave wattages so you know how long to let your dish safely cook, as well as tons of microwave-first recipes.

I’m shocked by how often I use these bowls for rice. It’s the easiest, most foolproof way to make perfectly cooked grains without risking burnt rice or even dirtying a pan. I considered buying a rice cooker before I discovered Anyday and I’m so glad I didn’t because with limited kitchen space, having a versatile essential that gets the job done makes my meal prep and weeknight dinners so much easier.

As an admitted microwave skeptic, after using these Anyday dishes, I am now a believer. They make preparing food so effortless that you’re bound to find yourself with loads of extra time on your hands. In fact, maybe now I’ll have time to caramelize some onions for dinner…

Buy: Anyday Starter Set, $75 (normally $80)