Why We Don’t Use a Microwave

Why we dont use a microwave and what we use instead Why We Dont Use a Microwave

I’ve gotten several emails lately asking about microwave safety and if we use a microwave at our house. Even with the natural birthing, dirt eating, barefoot playing, cloth-diapering and mud shampooing that goes on at our house, not using a microwave seems to be one of those things that is inexcusably crunchy.

Since I’ve pretty well established myself in the crunchy camp, I thought I’d finally share why we don’t use a microwave at our house.

The Main Reason

Half of the reason we converted to real food is the taste, and this is also half the reason that we stopped using a microwave. In my opinion, food cooked or reheated in the microwave does not taste as good! I had plenty of microwaved ramen noodle eating experiences (cringe) in college to form this opinion.

According to the daily green, microwaves work by:

“Microwave radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation (meaning it can’t directly break up atoms or molecules) that lies between common radio and infrared frequencies. So it is not thought to damage DNA of living things, the way X and gamma rays do. Still, microwaves can obviously cause heating effects, and can harm or kill at high energies. That’s why microwave ovens on the market must operate at or below strict limits set by the federal government.

Most microwave ovens hit food with microwaves at a frequency of 2.45 gigahertz (GHz) (a wavelength of 12.24 centimeters (4.82 in)). The prevailing belief is that molecules in the food, particularly water, absorb energy from the waves through dielectric heating. That is, since water molecules are polar, having a positive end and negative end, they begin to rotate rapidly as the alternating electric field passes through. That rotation is thought to add heat to the food.”

This fast method of cooking doesn’t allow time for flavors to develop and meld like other cooking methods do. As I’ve found a lot of quick meal recipes that are much healthier than microwaved meals anyway, we just don’t use a microwave.

The Health Factors

There is a lot of disagreement about if microwaves release radiation or can cause harm this way. By their nature, they do release radiation in to food, but the disagreement regards whether the radiation is released outside of the microwave itself. Mark Sisson covered this here:

“Here’s what we found. First, to the question of transforming your home into a radiation zone… There is, not surprisingly, disagreement about this point. However, occasional home use of a fully functional microwave appliance is generally considered safe. Microwaves do, make no mistake, emit radiation, and the FDA has established what it considers “safe” levels for microwaves: over the machine’s “lifetime” the allowable level is “5 milliwatts of microwave radiation per square centimeter…approximately 2 inches from the oven surface.” Guidelines from the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) suggest overall radiation limits of 1 milliwatt per square centimeter “averaged over 6 minutes (0.1 h) period.” Unless you’re using your microwave on a perpetual basis, there’s little reason to worry.) Because the radiation diminishes quickly over distance, standing further away from the microwave during operation cuts your exposure even more significantly. (That instinct to not press your face against the glass door while your lunch was cooking turns out to be right after all…) Additionally, the FDA requires two interlock systems that effectively offer backup security as well as a monitoring system that shuts the microwave down if one of the systems isn’t working or if the door is opened during operation. Common sense adds that you might want to make sure the microwave seal isn’t compromised by built up tomato sauce or other grime. (Hmmm…anyone?) And, of course, it’s a good idea to replace an old, dilapidated microwave even if it’s a great conversation piece. Safety versus vintage flare…”

There are stories of patients dying after being given microwaved blood transfusions and babies being injured by microwaved breast milk, indicating that those substances should definitely not be microwaved. I’ve also seen caution against microwaving oil or water, though we don’t have a microwave so I can’t claim personal experience with either of those.

From a radiation perspective, the general consensus seems to be that microwaves could transmit radiation, though it is unlikely. Dr. Mercola gives some compelling evidence of this possibility though.

There is evidence that heating certain materials (like plastic) in the microwave can cause harm. As that article explains:

“The safest course of action is to avoid putting any plastics in the microwave. When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tested plastics labeled microwave safe and advertised for infants, even those were found to release “toxic doses” of Bisphenol A when heated in a microwave. “The amounts detected were at levels that scientists have found cause neurological and developmental damage in laboratory animals,” the paper reports.

In fact, the term “microwave safe” is not regulated by the government, so it has no verifiable meaning. According to the Journal Sentinel‘s testing, BPA “is present in frozen food trays, microwaveable soup containers and plastic baby food packaging.” It is often found in plastics marked No. 7, but may also be present in some plastics labeled with Nos. 1, 2 and 5 as well, according to the report. Better to stick to glass or ceramics.”

So, while we’ve opted to avoid microwaves completely, if one is going to use one, it would seem wise not to use plastic.

What About Nutrients?

This is the other half of the reason we avoid microwaves. There is evidence that microwaves reduce nutrients in food. Any cooking will actually change the nutrients in food in some way, though low and slow cooking seems to preserve the most nutrients while faster methods of cooking (microwave being the fastest) destroy more nutrients. This article gives a good summary:

  • Three recent studies of historical food composition have shown 5-40% declines in some of the minerals in fresh produce, and another study found a similar decline in our protein sources (1)
  • A 1999 Scandinavian study of the cooking of asparagus spears found that microwaving caused a reduction in vitamins (3)
  • In a study of garlic, as little as 60 seconds of microwave heating was enough to inactivate its allinase, garlic’s principle active ingredient against cancer (5)
  • A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli “zapped” in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97%of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11% or fewer of its antioxidants. There were also reductions in phenolic compounds and glucosinolates, but mineral levels remained intact (6).
  • A recent Australian study showed that micro- waves cause a higher degree of “protein unfolding” than conventional heating (2)
  • Microwaving can destroy the essential disease-fighting agents in breast milk that offer protection for your baby. In 1992, Quan found that microwaved breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and fostered the growth of more potentially pathogenic bacteria (4).”

The article explains:

“Still, we know sufficiently little about nutrition and the cumulative effects of food science that some aren’t so convinced (of course, there is also the threat of any harmful substances present getting released upon cooking, such as the diacetyl blamed for “popcorn lung.”) In a recent article E Magazine pointed out that popular holistic health expert Dr. Andrew Weil has written, “There may be dangers associated with microwaving food… there is a question as to whether microwaving alters protein chemistry in ways that might be harmful.” According to the magazine, Dr. Fumio Watanabe of Japan’s Kochi Women’s University found that heating samples for six minutes degenerated 30 to 40% of the milk’s vitamin B12. This kind of breakdown took about 25 minutes of boiling with conventional heat. In a 1992 Stanford Medical School study often cited by microwave opponents, researchers reported a “marked decrease” in immune-boosting factors in microwaved human breast milk. In the late 1980s Swiss scientists reported decreases in hemoglobin and white blood cells in rats that had eaten microwaved food.”

The Microwave Bottom Line

Microwaves are convenient… So is fast food, so is letting the TV be a babysitter. Convenience doesn’t always make something the best option.

Microwaves don’t produce the best tasting food, they might destroy nutrients, and there is a possibility that they might releaser harmful radiation. For me, this was an easy choice- if it might be harmful and doesn’t make good tasting food, we avoid it.

Obviously, most people aren’t willing to give up the convenience of a microwave, so at least avoid using plastic in it!

What We Use Instead

This should be pretty obvious (especially to anyone if our parents’s generation) that there are a lot of alternative cooking methods. In general, we use:

  • Conventional Oven: I use my regular oven multiple times per day to cook or reheat food.
  • Toaster Oven: For times when I don’t want to use the oven or need to heat up a small amount of food, a toaster oven is easier.
  • Pan Heating: I use mans at most meals. Breakfast omelets are cooked on the stove, leftovers heated for lunch and veggies steamed for dinner. I use these pans as they are the most non-toxic and environmentally friendly ones I’ve found.
  • Crock Pot: I use the crock pot multiple times a week, and have one constantly going with bone broth. I use this one because the research I found showed that it didn’t have any lead in the crock, though any slow cooker will work.
  • Convection Oven: I don’t have one personally (it is on the wish list), but a close friend of mine loves her countertop convection oven and uses it everyday. This supposedly combines the quick cooking of a microwave with the safety and quality of the oven).

Do you use a microwave? Would you consider giving it up? Why or why not? Share below!

Reader Comments

  1. Jessica Rech says

    We have a microwave, but honestly we hardly use it. We have a stove top teapot for boiling water quickly and most of our food is reheated via crockpot or stovetop. I can’t actually remember the last time we used the microwave thats sitting on top of our fridge. I’ve considered just getting rid of the thing all together, but haven’t discussed it yet with the boyfriend.

  2. Regan says

    We gave up our microwave a year and a half ago. It was hard at first. We stored it in our basement and would run down to thaw meat we had forgotten to put into the fridge on time. Finally, we just gave it away. Now, we don’t even miss it.

  3. Sarah Lee says

    So I guess I’ll be in the market for a toaster oven now. We already avoided using plastic in our microwave, but after reading this, I can totally see us using the other methods with no inconvenience. Thank you for sharing your world! You are quickly transforming my home :)

  4. Aya Taher says

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. We have never got a microwave oven. I was never comfortable with the idea of using one anyway. Conventional and toaster ovens together satisfy our needs big time. You can do everything with these two, from baking to heating up.

  5. becca louise says

    I would love a toaster oven that goes under the cabinets and has an exhaust system to vent smoke from the stove, just like our microwave does. does anyone know any type of affordable toaster oven that does this? if not, what do I do with the big empty spot under the cabinets and above the stove if I remove my microwave?

    • Deanna says

      An exhaust can be installed. Ive never seen a toaster oven mounted, but, some convection ovens look just like microwaves. You could always put a spice rack there.

    • Mina says

      My family used to have a toaster oven that mounted under the cabinets with a vent hood; you should be able to find something like that.

    • Dawn Leathers Caccavale says

      We put in a series of 4 wine glass slider-type holders & made the cabinet above a cocktail station :)

  6. Corrie Thomas Stromberg says

    I don’t have one, and I (most of the time) don’t miss it. When we moved in to our house 3 years ago, we had to buy all new appliances, we chose not to get a microwave. Luckily I had heard of a study done on plants where the one plant was given water boiled in a microwave and one given water boiled on the stove. The one given the microwaved water died, while the other was healthy. That’s why we don’t have a microwave. Plus, the taste of food is so much better when it’s not microwaved!

  7. Jamie Martin says

    I want to get rid of ours, but we have to replace our oven and stove first and maybe get a toaster oven or something like that!

  8. Jennifer Bennett says

    I do not own a microwave. The main reason was that it took up too much counter space in my small kitchen. Hubby had a fit at first but now has admitted that it is just as easy to heat with “old fashioned methods.”

  9. Ronda Ryan Colavito says

    I have one and we use it. I typically use it for reheating select foods. I agree, that food cooked and reheated in the microwave just doesn’t taste as good and the texture is often weird.

  10. mellisamouse says

    I will not allow a microwave in my house, we use the wood stove mainly, and cast iron for everything! LOVE it. :)

  11. MumOf4 says

    I recently pulled out our microwave, although I still have it in the garage, incase of dire emergencies. I purchased a steam oven to ‘fill the spot’ it in the kitchen bank of cabinets. Perfect fit – and now I can steam large amounts of veggies most nights for dinner. Excellent swap, as it steams veggies, defrosts and reheats…all using steam. Am loving it!

  12. Frederica Huxley says

    Gave up using the microwave for food about 5 years ago – only use it to heat a stone to keep my rising dough warm and to sterilise cloths and sponges. Reheating foods by steaming is much easier and thorough, and making sauces and scrambled eggs on the stove gives a far better flavour!

  13. Desiree McNicol says

    Please tell me how mineral content can be lost…that would be in the realms of atom splitting which you outlined couldn’t happen at that energy level. You also said molecules aren’t split either, but which would have to happen if vitamins are destroyed. I would suspect minerals are preserved, as microwaves cant split atoms and vitamins may be destroyed as high heat can denature or break weaker molecular bonds. Remember atomic bonds are different to molecular bonds.

    • says

      yes, I agree. Mineral content would not go down. The only thing that I could see happening chemically is minerals converting to a less absorbed form, like ferric to ferrous, but this is more based on what it is cooked WITH (i.e., the pH) rather than the heat that is formed. In fact, breaking apart the phytates and other phytochemicals that trap minerals might actually help them be absorbed MORE.

  14. LeAnn says

    We gave ours up recently and I still miss being able to warm my coffee in it, which is the only thing we really used it for anyway.

  15. Carrie Ann Underwood says

    Thanks for this post. A friend suggested it to me after I was recently pondering if a toaster/ countertop convection oven is a comparable replacement of my crapped out microwave. The oven I chose was both nicer and cheaper than the most inexpensive new microwave I found. It has certainly been an adjustment for my family but I actually like the personal test it gives me…”do I want to eat this bad enough to dirty a dish and wait for it to cook?”. The largest inconvenience has been liquids or soups having to be heated or small servings of leftovers however it was a HUGE convenience to have basically two ovens when cooking thanksgiving dinner. I’m planning to keep pushing the ” no microwave” attempt with my family :-)

  16. Shey says

    I use a rice cooker with a steamer basket and warm things up in there. I can warm up 2 bowls of anything in about 10 minutes, or heat up bread too.

  17. Kelli says

    The reason that I don’t use a microwave is that if you take a pendulum and hold it over food to see if it is vibrant – It will rotate clockwise or positive. Then if you microwave the food and do the same thing, it will rotate counter clockwise or negative every time. I’m from Boulder, CO and we do weird stuff like this here so please excuse me but I’m thinking that this is not something I want to do to my food. Maybe that’s why people have died from microwaved blood transfusions.

  18. Sreeja N.S says

    By traditional oven,do you mean electric oven or is it something different.Is it safe to use electric OTGs.PLease let me know.

  19. Sydney says

    Our microwave had been going for a while, and when it pooped out we really did not get around to buying another. It was not the expense, hassle, or even time in finding a new one, we just got used to doing things “the old fashion way” by pan re-heating and warming things in the oven. We really don’t miss it, as our water boils almost as fast on the stove, and we don’t even eat frozen-microwaved foods.

    If we REALLY need to heat something in a hurry, we just… well deal with it! Few complaints here (:

  20. Elisa Kaufmann says

    Before we got married, my husband’s rental didn’t have one. He didn’t have a toaster oven (or a toaster or a crock pot). We re-heated everything on the stove or in the oven. It was no hassle at all. If our current house didn’t come with one, we probably wouldn’t have one. I zap my kitchen sponge for 30 seconds because I read that disinfects it. I hope that’s true! And I use it occasionally for warming up coffee or melting butter. We never put plastic in the microwave and dishwasher. And no hot food in plastic containers.

  21. jbibiza says

    I use a microwave for heating milk for my “cafe con leche” every morning and occasionally to heat leftovers… the only things I use it to cook are scrambled eggs (they turn out lighter and fluffier then any cooking method I’ve tried) and sweet potatoes… I enjoy a sweet potato for lunch sometimes and less then 10 min in the micro rather than an hour in the oven saves energy and they taste great. I also use it to heat cream or melt butter and chocolate for baking but I only use glass containers. For people using a microwave to heat prepacked or ready made meals… I think the processing and the chemicals in the meals are a lot more dangerous then the microwave could ever be.

  22. Helen D Staten says

    As a student in a dorm, I still have my microwave (it’s been with me 3 years, it would be like getting rid of a loyal friend) but I very rarely use it. I used to use it to make tea and oatmeal and such, but now I have a self-heating kettle that does the trick. Most weekends when I don’t feel like eating the food here I use the tiny stove in the itsybitsy 3rd floor kitchen in my dorm.

  23. Allison says

    We have a microwave that we occasionally use. I mostly use mine for re-heating my morning coffee, which with having kids, never seems to get drunk all in one go. How do you re-heat your coffee or keep it hot? If I could do that it would cut out microwave usage way down. Also, great article. I like how you explain things factually without sounding condescending.

    • sabrina says

      we have 4 children so I totally understand the reheating coffee issue! this is what I’ve done for our coffee in the morning….it’s my favorite! I pour non sweetened vanilla almond milk with half and half. add vanilla, cinnamon, and a little sugar. heat it up and pour in coffee cup(I add a little honey to that too:) then pour in my coffee. if it needs reheating I pour my cup of coffee into the small sauce pan and heat it back up…seriously takes about
      3 min. someone told me it’s better than starbucks:)

  24. mamaV says

    We don’t have a microwave and we have never missed it! Leaving it out of our kitchen remodel made that cheaper, too.

  25. This Little Blue Homestead says

    Our house didn’t come with a microwave and boy am I glad. I was worried at first since I buy all of my meat frozen from the farmer, but it really hasn’t been a hinderance at all.

  26. Natalie Hixson says

    We unplugged last year and I can’t wait to replace the ugly thing with a hood and light! :) Don’t miss it a bit!!

  27. Ginger says

    I would never give up my microwave oven. BUT, I mostly, only use it for defrosting or reheating foods (in glass) and always use a lower strength setting.
    I find after reheating in the microwave oven, the food tastes more like fresh cooked than reheated. There are only two of us and it’s more economical to cook enough for several meals at one time and reheat.
    My microwave oven is a more expensive model that has a wide range of cooking settings and I keep it clean, which helps it’s efficiency. I am very safety conscious but in my opinion, if I use it wisely, to give it up, seems silly to me.

  28. Lottie Chaney says

    In all honesty, I use my microwave a LOT! to reheat pretty much everything and my 14 month old baby’s food. Thing is i know its bad but its just sooo convenient. After reading this I definitely going to consider changing my ways. Does it take much more time though??

  29. chantel says

    Ours broke about a year ago and we decided not to replace it. There have only been a couple times where i wished we still had it (because i didn’t want to wait for food to reheat in the oven). But honestly, i mostly forget that we ever had a microwave because the oven works just fine for us. And the best part about not having a microwave is that YOU DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN IT! I have to say that the microwave was always my least favorite thing to clean. That and the tub, although i don’t foresee us getting rid of that any time soon! LOL!

  30. Andrea Bowersox says

    I’ll definitely use my microwave less after reading this! Thanks for all the info. Do you ever use cast iron pans? I’ve heard that cooking on cast iron helps preserve more nutrients than other cookware.

  31. MamaSchulze says

    we went 6 months or more without one (cuz it broke and I didn’t care to replace it) till my step father gave us one then that broke and we went another 6 or more months without it no problem but I had a infant starting food and heating such a small amount on the stove was just a major pain. I honestly don’t care much either way, if this one goes out I don’t think we’ll replace it for a while either (if we do)

  32. Jenn Martin says

    We have been microwave free for 8 years, and people kind of act like we are crazy. We use all of the same methods you do. I am grateful for your research. We have felt that many of these things were true, but did not do the research to confirm; instead we just made the switch. The only thing we miss is microwave popcorn, but we all know that is terrible for you, and since we eat mostly whole foods for health and allergy reasons, we have just gone to good old fashioned stove-top popcorn cooking, and it tastes even better!

  33. Jackke Friend says

    just found ur webpage & luv it! thnx! regarding th nuke, i would like 2 stop using it 4 th reasons u wrote about. just replaced an old 1 but new 1 is cheap & outside corner metal is unjoined. th main reason not 2 stove-cook is waiting & babysitting time & th small extra cleanup w/using a pan. but now tht i’m going 2 gradually incorporate th cookware u use & recommend, i believe i wil eventually stop nuking. (hope u dont mind my abbrevs. i suffer frm very painful arthritis. therefore, ths informal typing style minimizes keystrokes)

  34. Jen Smith says

    The only part of the microwave I use is to check the time. I would toss it out, but it’s an above the range one and it would leave a big empty space above the stove. It only takes a couple minutes more to wash a pan or pot used on the stove or in the oven.

  35. Erin says

    Thank you so much for this post! I put our microwave away about a year ago after making life changing decisions about food and exercise that resulted in a100 lb weight loss for me and a much healthier family. Everybody thought I had finally gone overboard with all of it. I did it for all the same reasons you state here. It is amazing how much better food tastes and I believe so much better for you! we really haven’t missed it as much as one would think. Thank you for letting me know I ask not the only one doing this! :-)

  36. Cresta Randolph says

    We gave ours up last year, the only one in our house who has any issues with this is our sixteen year old daughter. We use the same methods you do for quickly heating food. At first it didn’t seem so quick to use other methods but after a year it just feels normal and the microwave isn’t missed :)

  37. Marissa says

    We have a microwave although since converting to a more healthy diet for our family, we only use it to heat water for tea (which really helps when you’re in a rush on school mornings) and to melt things like coconut oil, butter, etc.

  38. Boise_girl says

    I’ve cut my microwave usage down by probably 90% over the past year. I much prefer to use my cast-iron to warm things up now. My toddler has become accustomed to the fact that food takes time to prepare and doesn’t mind the extra wait when I’m cooking her meals.

  39. Caity_Johnson says

    when we moved into our house 2 years ago we put the microwave in the garage to save on kitchen counter space and hardly ever used it, so when it started making funny noises we got rid of it and didn’t get a new one. The only thing that I miss it for is warming up rice bags for sore muscles…

  40. beja says

    I really hate cleaning it. I really hate the space it takes up because it’s not above the stove. After a week of being iced in, I have learned to like the dishes cooking from scratch produces. Maybe I can chunk it after all! Sharing this article with the hubby might be the nail in the microwave coffin!

  41. Shannon says

    I’ve heard another reason its not okay to microwave breast milk is because its not even heat and will cause hot spots that are dangerous for baby. Also, I think food heated on the stove top stays warm a lot longer than microwaved food/liquid. If I warm up my coffee in the microwave, it’s only warm for a short time.

  42. Holly Koppel says

    We have a microwave that came with the house, but we rarely use it. I pretty much only use a microwave at work to heat up my lunch. What do you all use if you work outside of the home? Our office doesn’t have an oven (though one of our other offices does–*love*), but the one I work in just has a microwave.

    • Manne says

      Holly – Hi! Same thing here. I microwave every day at lunch here at work. We don’t have an oven either….or maybe the Big Guys do behind their glass doors :-)
      I never microwaved styrofoam, and I was always worried about my “tupperware” stuff. Now I need to go out and get some glass containers!
      We do have a dishwasher….maybe I can just wrap my lunch up in a Ziplock bag and run it thru a quick cycle….HA!

  43. Lauren Parker says

    We don’t have anything but a microwave in our break room at work. What do you suggest for reheating packed lunches?

  44. Sarah Nunez-Walston says

    Our family has been microwave free for 3 years now and we do not miss it at all. Initially the kids complained but not anymore. We most often reheat foods in a counter top steamer. It has different baskets and I have even used it for soups! Otherwise we use the stove top or oven to reheat. For much lunch at work I use the Crock Pot Lunch. It looks like a tiny Crock Pot with a removable insert. It does not cook but heats my food up perfectly. They are only $20 at Target and so convenient.

  45. Terza Simon Norton says

    I tend to reheat food at work but at home it is basically a timer that will heat a “corn pack” that will keep our feet warm at night.

  46. Victoria Blore says

    We just moved back to South Africa. After selling all our possessions to start over again, we decided that with wanting to live a healthier whole life, a microwave had no part of that. It’s a little bit of an adjustment, but I know we did the right thing. Love your article.Thanks for sharing.

  47. Katie says

    What do you use to heat up those rice heating pads? I haven’t had a microwave in years and don’t miss it, but I want to make some rice heating pads, but haven’t figured out how I would warm them.

  48. Misty Rose says

    We just gave up our microwave about a month ago. I do miss the convenience, but I am finding other methods of re-heating our foods and I feel better about serving foods to my family that have not been microwaved!

  49. Cheri says

    I threw the microwave out several years ago and before that had some strict rules – no pregnant women or babies under 2 in the room while it was in use, no one standing there watching the popcorn bag fill up looking directly into the machine while it was on. As far back as 1981 in midwife training we had these rules in place. I don’t miss it at all. The kids do comment once in awhile but really don’t have any need for any of it’s supposed uses. I love keeping the kitchen simple.

  50. Dana says

    we gave up our microwave nearly 7 years ago…it’s a good move. I only used it for re-heating food and popcorn, mostly…but at that time we needed the valuable counter space. Microwave popcorn is toxic…stovetop is fun for the kids and better for you. Toaster ovens are WAY better at re-heating food, gets pizza crispy again and makes the food taste the way it’s supposed. Microwaves are for heating types of food I do not want to be eating anyway. I just get tired of defending our choice. People act like I said “we don’t have a bathroom in our house”….it really is no big deal. Buy a few smaller sized pots for quick heating of frozen veggies or soups and it’s all good!

  51. Mike Wilks says

    I use mine everyday, i love my Microwave.. One of man’s best inventions!! I don’t know of anyone anymore that actually uses it to cook in, everyone is pretty much like me, you just use it to heat up or reheat a food.. I boil my water for hot tea in mine every time i have hot tea, same with Swiss Miss, it’s YUMMY!!!!

    • Meaghan Miller says

      Judith – to thaw meat, you’ll have to plan ahead, and take it out of the freezer a day or two ahead of cooking, and let it thaw on the counter and fridge. If you are in a real pinch – you can run the frozen meat under cold to luke-warm water. Do not run it under hot water, though faster, can cause the temperature of the meat to rise and start cooking it.

      We have not used a microwave for almost a year now. We took it out because we needed the counter space. At first we weren’t sure how to function, and it was then we realized how often we used the microwave, and how much we relied on it. We have found great alternatives; small pots and pans are used frequently to re-heat food, as are small ceramic dishes in the oven. We would like a toaster oven, but we don’t have the counter space for that.

      We truly enjoy not having a microwave, and we recommend it many people- who look at us like we are legitimately crazy. :)

  52. KT says

    Brilliant post! Thank you. We have not had a microwave for almost 10 yrs. I have had friends and family offer to buy me one because they cannot understand how I live without one. But I can’t imagine using one. I don’t feel like I need to. Recently a friend was here and I made stove top popcorn and hot chocolate for our kids in a matter in minutes. She was stunned at how it actually didn’t take that long and confessed she had never made that kind of thing without a microwave. I really encourage people to try without one, the food does taste better, I’m sure of it!

  53. Willow says

    We haven’t had a microwave for 10 years. We put it in the basement to make counter space when we were having a big family party and never brought it back up. A few years later, a house in town was destroyed by fire and we donated it to the family who lost everything. Everything is heated on the stove, in the oven or in the toaster oven. We recently got a Keurig as a gift and that has been great heating water for tea and making coffee.

  54. Dawn says

    We’ve recently stopped using the microwave at home almost completely. My question is about convection microwaves. We travel in a motor home for several weeks each summer. We don’t have an oven but do have a convection microwave. Does using it in convection mode still have any of the negative aspects of using it in straight microwave mode? I’ve been baking bread at home and would like to continue while we’re away. Anybody know for sure if a convection microwave is as safe (in convection mode) as a true convection oven?

  55. Adam Welsch says

    We have a Microwave but we use it very little, I get mad when I buy a frozen dish from the supermarket and it says “microwave only” I stopped using the microwave because whenever I ate the food I would have a “burning pain” through out my body. I have been to X-ray school and we debated about that and I personally use my new conventional toaster to heat up “pizza” and other food items. I am not a fan of the microwave but when your in a rush on the go it does make like convenient

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