"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