Post by Contributor Christie Warren of Fruitful Fellowship
We moved to our “new” (my childhood) home one year ago, and with the move we gave up having a microwave. We also gave up our sanity (hello, moving with a 3 year old, 2 year old and 4 month old.)
We had used a built-in one previously and probably assumed that we would just purchase another one once we settled, but after hearing of some negatives in using the appliance and frankly, not wanting to make extra space in the beautiful kitchen we were designing and renovating, we said “adios microonda” (apparently that’s microwave in Spanish). Yup, we gave up our microwave.
We have now gone over a year without said appliance and are actually quite pleased by some of the unexpected changes it has made way for.
1. We eat more fresh produce
There are certainly a few vegetables that require heat to relinquish some of their nutrients but many fruits and vegetables are healthier eaten raw.
2. I’m more creative with meals
Instead of just throwing something into the microwave to enjoy the 2nd or 3rd time, I find it a fun challenge to re-invent foods into different meal options.
3. We avoid the scary possibility of “popcorn lung”
Here’s my delicious stove-top popcorn replacement, and Beth’s recipe for stove-top kettle corn with maple syrup.
4. I don’t always rush the preparation of meals
I’m going to be honest, having a hungry husband and 3 beautiful wild ones begging for supper by 430pm certainly makes a number of dinner preparations rushed, but when I don’t have the option of a microwave, I know that I can feel better about the time, love and possibly quality of the food I’m preparing. Which leads me to my final point.
5. We feel healthier
There is a lot of research out there about the pros/cons, the dangers/safety of using a microwave on your food, the possibility of nutrient loss and exposure to radiation and chemical leakage from certain containers, etc, etc… But, since I’m not a researcher myself and (even though I’ve read dozens of articles on the topic now) I don’t feel like I’ve sifted through enough literature on the topic to be certain one way or the other, I am going to state that I do not know absolutely the truth on this subject.
I will say, however, that I enjoy the flavour and appearance of my stove-top/oven-cooked food better and that I feel healthier feeding my family more traditionally-cooked meals.
You might be wondering, have there been times when I missed it?
Actually, yes, there have been a couple instances. When I’ve wanted to quickly re-heat my tea (do any moms out there actually get to enjoy hot beverages?) or melt butter for a baking adventure, but honestly, other than that, it hasn’t really been missed!
And, I’ve found that I can still enjoy cool tea (or throw it in a pot on the stove, if I’m really desperate) and melt butter in the oven while it’s pre-heating. #lifehack
So, my friends, I challenge you to consider taking a little hiatus, maybe even a long-term break from your microwave. Ooh, I definitely suggest the latter, ‘cuz then you can yell randomly “we were on a break!” (You know what I’m talking about ‘Friends’ fans!).
I forgot. “Adios microondas” is correct. It literally means bye microwave. Have a great one.
WOW. We didn’t give it up. It broke and it was a blessing in disguise. I only miss it when we’re in a hurry. But then I have learned to plan better and organize my time. And I discovered that reheating leftovers in the oven is so much better. No more recycled food (that’s what hubs used to call it). Anyway thanks for the post. Great one.
We’ve only been without ours for a few months & the struggle with warming leftovers & melting butter is real. I don’t overly miss it, but I find myself in the kitchen more because I don’t trust my kids to not burn down the house with the stove. Anyway, we are in our RV more than our house so I have no intention of getting one for the house. The 1 in the RV is used more as a convection oven than a microwave (to save propane). If it weren’t for that, I’d consider taking it out & making more cabinet/storage space in my tiny RV kitchen.
I’ve actually grown to love leftovers heated on the stovetop or oven FAR more than leftovers in the microwave. It just tastes so much better!
We built our house 3 yrs ago and never bought a microwave ! I laughed when you said the things your missed were melting butter and heating up tea because those are my only 2 things I miss. We just reheat on the stove, no big deal. My daughter’s favorite part is seeing her friends reactions when she tells them we don’t have a microwave.
We’ve been without for 2 more than now aND those are the 2 things I missed! My kids like that I can heat up soup or spaghetti to a warm instead of the microwave hot or half hot half cold. 🙂
yes! we’ve done without ours, for over a year. it does feel much healthier, I’m cooking better meals, and using the cooking time to get my dishes done (in not a big dishwasher fan either) my teens miss it now and then, but i don’t regret my decision one bit!
LIsa @ This Pilgrim Life
I know a lot of people go without, but I can’t imagine my husband getting behind ditching ours. It’s hidden behind a curtain, so at least it’s out of sight. But it is regularly used to heat my husband’s coffee and use by me to more quickly thaw frozen jars of food.
Thanks so much for your comment! Yes, totally understand how the drink reheating/food thawing options are hard ones to part with.
It’s been 7 years for us since we’ve had one and I haven’t missed it at all!
Wow! Good for you!
We haven’t had a microwave for 5 years, and I don’t miss it a bit! When we built our new kitchen, we put in two appliances; a stove and a fridge. In lieu of a dishwasher we have an ENORMOUS sink. It’s nice to only have two appliances to worry about maintaining 😉
Not that it matters, but I totally did the math wrong and we have actually been 6 years without;-)
Good for you!
Another great reason to ditch it!