Life without a microwave oven?



To those of you who cook with a microwave oven: What would you do differently if you didn't own one? Would you eat less processed foods and frozen ready-made meals? Do you think it would lead to healthy changes in your kitchen and diet?

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  1. I have lived without a microwave two different times. Since I use it mostly to reheat leftovers or homemade soup for lunch, I really missed not having it. I think those are healthy options; I have never cooked a pre made frozen meal in my life and don't ever intend to.

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    1. That's great! I ate way too much microwave popcorn in grad school and prior to that I ate many frozen dinners but that was pre-microave era when they came in foil trays.

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  2. I have never had a microwave! My family has never had one in our house, though our 1970s house has the built in shelf for it in the kitchen. We always use the stove and oven. It may be slower, but I kind of like it.
    As a university student I've seen the microwave being used all the time! I avoid it at all costs. There is just something I don't like about them. I much rather eat something made in the oven or on the stovetop than something "nuked" in the microwave! Yikes!
    Not having a microwave makes microwave dinners much more difficult ... which I think is great!

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    1. Anything that makes eating junky-easy food more difficult is a plus in my book!

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  3. As a single girl who loves to cook, I often end up with tons of leftovers that I then portion out and freeze. Generally, I use my microwave to reheat or defrost these leftovers for quick meals when I'm busy. But I would be game to try a week without my microwave just to see how it would affect my meal planning. I'd certainly have to be more conscious of what I'm eating since I'd have to plan to set the foods out to thaw or cook them for extended times in my oven. Pity you didn't post this earlier - it would have made a great "fast" for Lent. 40 days without a microwave would have been quit a sacrifice in today's "instant gratification" world!

    Brittney

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    1. A microwave "fast" for lent- I like the way you're thinking! It's never too late to abstain from microwave cookery, but from you and others have written, it seems like you're using it in healthy ways.

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  4. A few years ago our microwave broke (it actually caught on fire!) so we went without for a few months. It wasn't a big deal as we use it like others have posted- to heat up homemade leftovers. I also use it to steam veggies and heat water for tea. We did ok without a micro but it's definitely more convenient to have one.

    Sarah H.

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    1. That's scary that it caught fire, wow!

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  5. I wouldn't say I "cook" with it, other than to "bake" a sweet potato in six minutes instead of 60 minutes in the oven or occasionally a bag of frozen vegetables. I mostly use it to make a quick cup of tea or to warm up my pre-cooked chicken breast that I put on a salad, etc. For those reasons, it's extremely convenient and I'd be unhappy in its absence. But I wouldn't die or anything. ;)

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    1. Norma, be careful with nuking bagged veggies as the plastic can leach chemicals into them during the heating process. If possible, place them in a covered glass dish.

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  6. My husband gets home several hours after dinner most nights and uses the microwave to re-heat his plate. Every once in a while I'll also use the microwave to quickly thaw meat if I forgot thaw it earlier. If we didn't have one we would end up eating out a lot more and it would probably be fast food.

    I'm a housewife so if I have leftovers for lunch I prefer to heat them in the oven since I have the time. Whenever we have popcorn, which is frequently, it is popped on the stove.

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