How to Cook Potatoes in Microwave
Pierce potatoes with fork; place in microwaveable bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. water. Microwave on HIGH 10 to 12 min. or until potatoes are tender; drain. To cool potatoes quickly, immerse cooked potatoes in ice water. Let stand 5 min. or until cooled; drain.
How to Blanch Fresh Vegetables
Add the vegetables to a large pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 2 to 3 min. or until crisp-tender. Drain, then immediately plunge the vegetables into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. When completely cool, drain and pat dry.