Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Why I live Microwave Free


Why I live Microwave Free

I want to address the #1 question people ask me when they figure out I don't use or own a microwave, WHY?

It started when I went to college, we had ultra modern dorms/apartments. A full kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom and 4 bedrooms. It had a microwave so I didn't need one. Then I went off the next year on my own and was too broke to buy one and discovered that I didn't really need a microwave.

Then it became a 'thing'. I didn't want one and didn't need one. My first husband wanted one but we never bought one because I always said no no no. I guess we spent our money on other things like a baby and such. It was still a 'thing' and I kept refusing one.

When my first husband abandoned us I really couldn't pay my mortgage let alone buy a microwave. Everyone insisted I should really get one because I could cook quick dinners up for my son because now that I needed to work I wouldn't have time. Wrong. I started a business cleaning houses and offices and put him on the bus and met him after school almost everyday. I had time. I made time.

My poor son melted more things in the school microwave than any other kid and he was constantly trying to use friend's microwaves with bad results. People were seriously bothered by us not having a microwave and were constantly trying to give them to us. As if we were living some sad little life without a microwave. And now it was really a 'thing' and if I even wanted one how could I possibly get one after I made SUCH a fuss about not getting one.

When I met my real husband his parents instantly offered us a great microwave. My oldest and only at the time was so excited there was hope on the horizon, mom was dating someone who lived on microwaveable bachelor food. Hope! And we dashed that because I brought my boyfriend now husband over to the dark side of a slower kind of life where cooking is a pleasure not a chore to be hurried through. Making time is important.

So we remained microwave free. We still are. I probably always will be but I can assure you that my oldest son will be buying one as soon as he moves out. He has already informed me of this. He has tried to buy one for his room but I quashed that, imaging the pest problems we would have if he was actually cooking in there. I mean the stacks off dirty dishes are more than enough already just imagine the disgusting mess a cooking teen boy would leave in his room. Yeah, no thanks.

So there it is, why I am freak without a microwave. Because I was broke, then it became a 'thing', only to come round to an understanding that there is time in life for what matters.

The question I get asked 2nd most often is: how do you live without a microwave? Easy, whatever can be done in a microwave can be done in/on a range. I guess I don't know what people use their microwaves for. What do you use it for? Do you cook? Or thaw? Or pop? Why do you need one? Yes I want answers on this! Please leave many many comments on your microwave use. I feel like now I NEED to know.

Peace and Love,


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  2. I use my microwave to occasionally thaw meat (or at least give it a jump start), I use it to bake potatoes & for popcorn. I also soften butter and cream cheese if I forget to bring them to room temperature for a recipe. It is a wonderful time saver, just like a washing machine, dryer, coffee maker or vacuum cleaner. All of those chores could be done without those machines, by WHY??

  3. I use mine to heat up leftovers, melt butter and pop popcorn. That's pretty much the only thing I use it for. The kids use it all the time to do these two things as well.

    I've been without it before, when it broke and I didn't have money to get a new one. The only thing I was not able to replicate using other means was popping popcorn. I use the brown bag method usually.

  4. Reheat. That's it.

    Sometimes I'll cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner in there too. Turkey and all.


  5. My microwave is used to heat things up and thaw things. That's it! I could easily live without a microwave and I applaud you for doing that.

    PS -- I like the way you said your "real" husband (as opposed to that fake one that you married by accident thinking he was real!!!)

  6. I could not live without a microwave. I cook everything in it. Microwave bacon is the best!

  7. bake potatoes mostly and to heat things in the container I stored them in...

  8. hahahaha "real" husband! ;)

    You know, I was all prepared to say that I NEVER use our microwave, but then you said "pop" and I remembered that I use it for popcorn! I never thaw meat in it, would never ever cook anything in it, and definitely prefer leftovers heated up on the stove, in the toaster oven, or in the oven. Oh- I also heat up water for tea if I'm feeling lazy and don't want to go through the trouble of boiling the tea kettle for just myself.

    Growing up my mom rarely used it, sometimes for smaller leftovers or to give baked potatoes a head start. She mainly used it as a "hot box" b/c it's so well insulated to keep dinners in there when we all ate on different schedules (dance, violin, etc.) and I tend to do the same now, too. Just pop something in there w/ the door closed and it'll stay warm for awhile!

  9. I could probably live without my wave too, but its built in. I only use it for reheating things and softening butter when I want to bake on short notice. I don't use it for popcorn because microwave popcorn is full of chemicals and tastes like it. Ick.

    Other than that, its a complete waste of space ... which is why I often use it to store things when I want them out of sight! Seriously. LOL

  10. Your "real" husband! ha ha!

    We use our microwave every day to heat up our dogs food. She is spoiled and gets warm meals like we do. She eats canned food but we add water to it and warm it then mix it with dry food.

    ALso, we use it to pop popcorn, reheat soup, coffee, melt chocolate or cheese, thaw butter etc. I don't make food in the microwave though. Well maybe an occasional potato, but that's it.

  11. I sometimes defrost and reheat.

    If I want ground beef cooked for a meal, I use my microwave. I've got this microwave set where I can put onions, peppers and ground meat in the top portion and it will drip out into the bottom portion. Then when it's done cooking, all of the fat is out already. I don't like my ground meat with a lot of grease and fat.

    I also use it for making water for tea.

    My sister has a thing about dish washers, she refuses to use one, and refuses to get one and makes disparaging remarks about them.
    I use a dishwasher also.
    I don't have a garbage compactor and refuse to get one of those.

  12. I own a microwave for one reason and one reason only... to make soap. It's much faster and easier to melt the base in the microwave. I didn't own one until a friend was coming to teach me how to make soap and I had to go buy one because she didn't know how to do it any other way. I was maybe 28 at the time? I still only use it for that, although my husband uses it for other things.

  13. Perfect timing... my new apartment (which you get to see soon, YAY!) has no microwave. I was going to think about getting one, but maybe I'll hold off. Where I'm living now, ours broke temporarily and I kept forgetting, which was always a pain when I was really hungry and in a rush. I think I mostly use mine to heat leftovers, but I bet I can use the stovetop just as easily. It remains to be seen!


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