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Author:  j-dub [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:58 pm ]
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jdfunks wrote:
I've been without a microwave about 6 months now. The only time I remember it's gone is when I melt chocolate chips or want to reheat pad thai. I used to use one nearly every day at my office to heat lunch up (I am ehhhh on cold leftovers, sorry!) I pretty much use my oven and wrap things in foil with a splash of water or place on top of parchment to heat up. I rarely heat things *on* the stove unless it's a pot of soup, and then I also add more water. It's been easy. Overall, I really prefer the thorough heat and textures using the ovens will give vs. that weird microwave warmth.

I reheat my pad thai on low heat in cast iron on the stove top. Best way I know how!

Author:  interrobang?! [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:07 pm ]
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I have a microwave but rarely use it. Once in a blue moon I remember about baked potatoes and will nuke one for a few minutes before finishing it off in the oven for that yummers crispy skin thing. Otherwise, I have so many bottles and jars and such infront of it that I just don't go there. Plus, there are so few microwaveable ready-meals available here that's it's kinda what the fizzle. Once in a wee while I'll melt some chocolate chips in it, but it's not like there's not another option for that.

Author:  Garrick [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:05 pm ]
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When I moved a couple months ago I decided not to bring my microwave along. I've changed the way I think about cold leftovers vs. hot, and most things are good cold! The only thing I missed for a while was being able to heat or boil a small amount of water for a recipe, but obviously a kettle does just fine. To make quick work of reheating things like pizza slices, I wrap the food in foil and put it in the broiler drawer of my oven and use the heat of the flame to reheat it (usually about 3-5 minutes).

Author:  allularpunk [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:33 pm ]
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Garrick wrote:
The only thing I missed for a while was being able to heat or boil a small amount of water for a recipe, but obviously a kettle does just fine.


Yes, thankfully I have an electric kettle, so this is not a problem for me!

Author:  1strangegirlbygolly! [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:43 pm ]
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I haven't had a microwave for about five or so years, do not miss. Wait, actually the one previous owners of this huse left is in the (powered) ga hourage, but I use it like never. Maybe three times a summer, since my garage is not attached to the house and in winter I do not want to trudge thru deep snow to access it. Another help is a steamer, I have an electric one and you can just put a plate of whatever cold ffood you want to eat on there, and fire it up for a few minutes to get it hot.

Author:  FellowshipVeg [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:45 pm ]
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I got rid of my microwave about a year ago because I just felt icky every time I used it. I don't know if it's bad for you, but I thought I would listen to my gut.

I usually use the stovetop to reheat things but now I want to try the double broiler!

Author:  TupeloHoney [ Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:15 am ]
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I haven't used one since moved out of my mother's house. I really don't miss it, as I prefer fresh food, anyway.

Author:  allularpunk [ Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:56 am ]
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1strangegirlbygolly! wrote:
Another help is a steamer, I have an electric one and you can just put a plate of whatever cold ffood you want to eat on there, and fire it up for a few minutes to get it hot.


I had this idea last night! Glad it works.

Have you guys ever seen Grandma's Boy? I keep almost reaching into the oven without oven mitts to get my leftovers.

Author:  craiger_ny [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:56 pm ]
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I have not had a microwave for some time now and even when I had one it was just a big clock on the counter.

Learn to use steam. Put leftovers in a frying pan and hit it with a tiny bit of water then use the lid to control exposure. It is a method of cooking that requires more intervention but once you learn how to use steam things will click.

Author:  MissSpells [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:08 am ]
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Limone wrote:
I don't think a microwave will kill you... for me it's an issue of space. I live in an apartment with small kitchen facilities so the small amount of extra counter space I have is devoted to more "important" appliances, like a small toaster and electric kettle..


Holler. Definitely a question of primo countertop real estate for me. I rarely reheat things in the oven, mainly stovetop.

The only thing I really like a microwave for is popcorn. I can make popcorn on the stove, but I'm not very good at it.

Author:  allularpunk [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:30 am ]
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I'm still microwave free, everyone! I do think that I will get a toaster, though. I miss toast. Not that I made toast in the microwave, but I left the toaster oven behind in the move also, and if I had to choose between a microwave and a toaster right now, toaster is going to win. Really, I've been so busy that I'm rarely eating any leftovers at home, so when I do, heating it up in a pot or in the oven is not a big deal at all.

Author:  seitanicverses [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:58 am ]
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I hardly ever use my microwave. But I do think a toaster's essential! So dere's dat.

Author:  Limone [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:17 pm ]
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I am so wishing I had a toaster oven right now. When we moved a couple months ago we got a small 2-slice toaster, which is good for toasting bread and stuff, but lacks the amazing roasting capabilities a toaster oven has. The fact remains that there is no room on our counter for anything larger than what we have, so I suppose I'll have to live vicariously through your toaster oven stories.

Author:  Erinnerung [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:59 pm ]
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Our microwave broke probably about a year and a half ago, and we kept making vague plans to buy a new one when we found one on sale- and then we realised that it had been months and there hadn't been a moment where we were like 'oh no, I wish I had a microwave right this second'. We don't eat a lot of leftovers, because I usually halve recipes, but when we do I've never had an issue reheating stuff either on the stove or in the oven. Anything that goes in the oven (from lasagne to cake!) just gets wrapped in foil so that it doesn't dry out. The only remotely annoying thing was having to melt chocolate over a double boiler, because I used to be really bad at it. But it forced me to learn how to do it right, which can only be a good thing!

Author:  Nicole [ Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:05 pm ]
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I'm now in the no microwave club, mine broke last week. Do a lot of cooking and freezing, so it's been a little bit of a change - meals take a lot longer to heat up, but it really hasn't been that bad. I think it also keeps me from buying as much boxed/prepared junk.

Author:  vegetable_assassin [ Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:19 am ]
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I haven't had a microwave since living out of my parents house, but one thing I think helps is to enjoy your leftovers cold, since it is nice to heat them up on the stove, but for me it's just an extra dish. I never did heat up things like leftovers for lunch at work or anything, so maybe just used to it. Heating up coffee is something my boyfriend says he wishes we had a microwave for, but it just takes a few seconds to heat back up in a pan anyway, and I normally drink mine before its cold. Its great to not have prime kitchen space monopolized by an appliance that just makes food worse anyway! You should get a toaster oven, rather than a toaster though, since with no microwave you'll probably want to use the oven more, and a small oven uses less time and power to heat up your stuff.

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