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"What do you mean you don't own a Microwave?" 
Aug. 26, 2012 11:49 am 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2012 2:02 pm
Yep, its true. We've been microwave-free for over a year now and quite honestly, I do not miss it.

When we moved from our rental home to our own home a year ago, we faced the reality many new homeowners face. Our house did not come with any but the standard appliances and the microwave, which has always been included in the rental homes, was not installed.  We were so busy unpacking and getting the house put together, purchasing the microwave continued to be one of those "Next time we're out, we'll get one".

We never did.  At first, our children balked.  "How do we heat things up? How do we make popcorn or hot chocolate?"  Lo and behold, said their wise mama, this is a pot and the pot goes on the stove. Popcorn? Ever heard of a pot with a lid and some oil?  Hot water? Tea kettle, anyone? (or small sauce pan).

After a couple of months, we realized we didn't really miss it and it also forced us to go back to our roots of from scratch cooking rather then zap cooking.  Of course, we have moments when people remind us how 'un-cool' we are not to have one.  I recently hosted some ladies at my house and they were frantically looking around for a way to re-warm their Starbucks.  I shrugged when their mouths fall agape at the realization we didn't have a micro.  "How do you COOK things?" my one friend said, astonished- and then she though I must be joking and started opening up cupboards looking for the elusive waver.

I laughed. I cook things on my stoptop, I bake things in my oven.. .seems we almost have an entire generation who has forgotten the world before the zapper.  Its a nice change of pace and my children are now learning how to actually make food versus just microwave it.
Aug. 26, 2012 12:42 pm
I can see how you could do without one, but I don't want to try. We recently "lost" our microwave that was built into a certain space, and we can't find one to fit. The one I have now is too small and is a pain in the neck to use. But I like to heat up my coffee all morning long, so it's a microwave for me!
Aug. 26, 2012 2:30 pm
Yep, that was what my friends were kinda freaking out about. They were saying "But how do you heat up coffee?" I only drink coffee in the morning so its not an issue for me but for that use, I could totally see it.
Aug. 26, 2012 4:09 pm
I have two, but I don't use them because it effects the taste of food, my wife does because it is easy for her.
Aug. 26, 2012 5:04 pm
i like mine, don't use it alot,just nice to know that it's there when i need it.I mostly use it to heat my morning coffee.
Aug. 26, 2012 5:07 pm
Marianne - get a candle warmer thing (at Hobby Lobby, etc.) & keep your cup on it - it'll never get cold!
Aug. 27, 2012 4:53 am
I guess here is probably not the place to say I have never had a microwave!! My mum has one but I have never seen the use for it except to heat up ready meals, and we rarely have those anyway.
Aug. 27, 2012 6:49 am
Never had a microwave, don't really see any need for one. I'm never in that much of a hurry to heat something up that I can't do it on top of the stove or in the oven.
Aug. 27, 2012 9:21 am
I use mine to heat up my "bed buddy" which is a cloth bag filled with rice. I use it on my aching back. Some nights that micro gets a whirl 3-4 times. And I do other things too. Right now it is malfunctioning , starts and stops itself, paid $45 for a new touch pad, does it anyway. So I threw the breaker and only let power go to it when I am home and up and I leave a 2 cup glass of water in it at alltimes. It onlycooks on Express for 1 minute, but I know I need to be careful.
Aug. 27, 2012 12:10 pm
My mother never even knew such a thing was possible and we all ate and drank fairly well. I've had one since the early 80s but I am not sure I will replace the one I have when it expires. I use it to melt butter or chocolate, as a warm environment to raise bread when it's cold, to partially bake potatoes before finishing them in the oven and to sterilize my sponges. All of which I can do without it.
Aug. 27, 2012 10:48 pm
Its one of those things that if you grew up with it, you can't imagine life without it. We never had one in my house until I moved out and I couldn't imagine not having one until now. I do not miss it.. the kids bemoan its loss but they have also learned how to heat things and make things without it. The most recent thing I taught them was how to reheat a piece of casserole in a small covered pan with a dash of water. Need leads to invention!
Aug. 28, 2012 4:37 am
I also use mine to defrost meat and would really miss that feature.
Aug. 28, 2012 7:13 pm
BigShotsMom, I remember now after you reminded me. I do use it, but only to hold food to keep flies from landing on my food if I have other things going on.
Aug. 29, 2012 7:17 am
When our last microwave went out, we tried to live without one. First electric bill convinced us to get the $45.00 cheap microwave from Sears. We eat a lot of leftovers and have electric for cooking. We also live in a tropical climate, so heating up the house, makes the AC run more, therefore higher bills. I love it for a quick one cup of tea also. But for leftovers it is a money saver. There are things I do without, but not my microwave.
Aug. 29, 2012 12:23 pm
I use my microwave every meal I cook. If for nothing else but to make my tea.I am not sure I would know how to reheat anything anymore. especially mashed potatoes.
Sep. 1, 2012 2:02 pm
Things never tasted good to me from the microwave. Even when I had one. Now, that I've done without for so long, I really find I have no need for it. I warm up everything using a sautee pan. And I'm sort of weird.. I'm not a HUGE leftovers fan so usually the kids eat it up.
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Running at top speed mama to two, I love to write and cook. My blog focuses on cooking stories tied into life with my wild ones. I'm passionate about my wonderful children, husband, Siamese cat and coming soon puppy. I'm also an avid deleter of spam so enjoy!!
My favorite things to cook
PIZZA! Macaroni and Cheese, pesto carbonara, homemade wontons, egg rolls, spaghetti, tuna croquettes and PIZZA!.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I serve fried rice balls with marinara sauce. Over the last couple of years, I've developed a tradition of serving a taco bar on New Years eve night.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made bulgogi marinade for my husband. He'd not had it before and raved about the meat after he grilled it.
My cooking tragedies
The night I was making homemade wontons and due to humidity, they all decided to stick to each other. Wonton balls, anyone?
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