Scandalous, I Know!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I have a confession to make. It may shock some of you. I’m hoping that you all will continue to accept me despite this scandalous information. You see………

I DO NOT own a microwave!

I told you it was shocking, lol. In most kitchens, microwaves are pretty standard. Sometimes they come built-in. Some folks do not have one because maybe theirs has recently gone on the fritz (like my friend Rose). Not me. I choose to live microwaveless. Wasn’t always so. In fact, I’ve gone microwaveless a couple times. Both times a well-meaning family member put an end to my freedom buy gifting me with one. They must have felt sorry for me. Please don’t. Really, I am fine without one. Currently I have been without one since 2007 and I plan for it to stay that way.

Most people want to know WHY when they realize that my kitchen is sans microwave. Well, there are a few reasons. I know there are those who fear microwaves. While I like the fact that I don’t have to be concerned about these concerns, that has little weight in my decision to be microwaveless. Basically, I have a small kitchen. Counter space is at a premium. I can’t see making room for a microwave. Also, food taste SO MUCH better when it is conventionally cooked/baked. Count me a member of the SLOW FOOD movement. That is it in a nutshell. That said though, there are a few things that make it easier to be microwaveless.

A Tea Kettle
This is priceless. You can spend a small fortune on a tea kettle or you can spend very little. That all is up to you. Did you know that water tastes better boiled in a kettle than heated in a microwave? It has to do with the oxygenation of the boiling process. There was a day that every kitchen had a least 1 big kettle for making hot drinks, cooking, cleaning and bathing. I only recommend heating water in a kettle though since they can be difficult to clean. Want to heat up milk or this morning’s coffee, use a small saucepan. My only tea kettle recommendation is that you pick one with a whistling feature. I once totally burned up a tea kettle…long story, lol. My tea kettle has a place of honor on my stove top ALL the time.

Avoid Microwave Products
Some products are just designed for microwaves. Microwave popcorn, for one. There are brands that are popped on the stove rather than the microwave. We enjoy air-popped corn. Or maybe there’s a non-microwave snack food that you’d enjoy just as much. At any rate, find foods you like that don’t need microwaving, like baby carrots or some nifty recipe. Great bonus here, microwave products tend to be more expensive.

Invest in a few individual-sized dishes that go from fridge (or freezer) to oven
This will make reheating leftovers in the oven easier. If you have to prepare lunches for the workers in the family, most office lunchrooms have a microwave handy and you can just package them for reheating there.

Plan Ahead
Know what you need to pull out of the freezer the night before and always have a Plan B backup plan for meals. I keep a (homemade) frozen lasagne in my freezer at all times that can go right into the oven if and when needed.

Really, it is possible to live a full and fulfilling life without the assistance of a microwave. I do and so did countless generations before me.


  1. Patrizia said...:

    Amen! haha...this was fun. I totally agree with you. :D

    Rejoicing In Him, Patrizia

  1. Oh My Goodness. Kudos....but wow!! I only made it about a week once.

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    As soon as this dinosaur of mine dies, that's it! No more microwave! :~P I am trying to use it as little as possible while I still have it, but perhaps that is only prolonging the life of the thing? I do love to use it for defrosting meats when "Oh, no! I forgot to get something out for dinner!"
    The T.V. is next!

  1. lyndaloo said...:

    I like you too, but I still have to have one........can I blame it on DH? :)

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    I am stunned and all amazed! LOL No really, it's ok, I still like you, but I am not giving mine up for anything! ;D

  1. Barb said...:

    I agree with Lady Farmer - when mine dies (which won't be long now!) I am not getting another one! Thank you so much for posting about microwaves. I really don't think that they are good for your health, and some of the microwave products, like popcorn, are really not healthy for you. So . . . out with the new, in with the old!!


  1. Vintage Girl said...:

    Ours gave up a few months ago and we are getting used to it. It's mainly the kids when they want popcorn quick! Yet it tastes so much better on the stove in our 'crank' popcorn maker. And you are so right about reheating....we reheated pizza the other day and it tastes like the first time around, not soggy from the microwave. Heather

  1. farmlady said...:

    Well, I might have to make some adjustments but I think I will try doing without one.... or at least try to use it less.
    I agree that some things taste better cooked on or in a stove.
    Water becomes very strange in a Microwave. It expands and if you have ever dropped a packet of sweetener into a freshly microwaved cup of water.... it fizzes and pops. Spooky! That can't be good.
    By the way.... I only come here for the music. Ha! I love your music....

  1. Lynnie said...:

    I am so with you! I do not need a microwave. In fact we have a very tiny one that will stay behind on our upcoming move. I like you do not have tons of countertop space I wish to give up to this device. We rarely use ours and am actually looking quite forward to not moving it.

    PS. I love your music too!!

  1. You are correct and each point you made is true true true. I admire you for going microwaveless. Now I'm wanting pan fried (not microwaved) bacon!

  1. Denise said...:

    When ours goes we wont be getting another. So silly to take up counter space for something that just warms things up. We have a little toaster oven that does the job just right and things do taste better in it than in the microwave. I guess this doesnt make me a good consumer huh? Now if we could just get away from the refridgerator...think of the electricity we would save. Better women than me have done it but going without a fridge would be very hard.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    I like it for certain things...melting chocolate, reheating. I have never cooked anything in it. Never boiled water. But I admit, I would miss it!
    But I admire the pioneer spirit in you! :)

  1. Whaaaaat, I remember life before mics and I don't want to go back for anything. I even have one in my 5th wheel. You are braver then me. I can understand your point of view, but I use mine mainly for warming things up. I still cook and bake my foods in the usual way. Thanks for the LAUGH. Decgal

  1. I come home for lunch and use mine for heating up my lunches, that's about it. But it does get used 4-5 days a week for that:@)

  1. LDH said...:

    I am microwaveless too but I am not as happy about it as you are. My 1.5 year old unit lost its magnatron (just like the previous one we had). Repair is almost as much as a new one. But we are getting a new one.

    I always plan my meals and never cook with my microwave, but I do thaw and reheat with it. I bake and freeze muffins and breads and thaw them in seconds each morning.

    I am also a big leftover person and re-heating not only dirties many pots/pans but doesn't usually do the job as well. With lots of kids and visitors, I can have a meal or snack ready quickly.

    But, I am still your friend :) and always enjoy stopping by to visit with you!

  1. momawake said...:

    We haven't had a microwave for a few years and love not having it. Although I think my daughter would easily go back. I, however, do not want my food molecules rearranged. So, my reasons for not having one have to do with health issues and preparing food in a more natural way. We've discovered that having a gas stove is helpful in reheating some things quickly. We also have a larger toaster oven with convection.

    I'm also a member of the slow food movement. :)

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    We are cosmic sisters I think. At the yellow house I said no microwave for all the reasons you have so well stated. I have not missed it one time. At the old house we have one but I seldom use it. Food is so much better slow cooked. The counter at the yellow house would be cluttered with a microwave on it. I love my tea kettle found at an estate sale. You rock!

  1. basketsbyrose said...:

    Good for you! People did live without the microwave oven before us and we can to!

  1. You make a lot of good points!! I wish I could remember to take my meat out of the freezer the night before...defrosting is the number 1 reason I use my micro.


  1. I always knew that you were a modern day pioneer woman! I agree... I could probably live without a microwave too. I might reheat something in it or defrost in it.. but not often. Gail, you are my hero!!!!!

  1. I LUV this. I do have one and would not want to be w/out it, but we only use it for warming up food, NOT for cooking food. I'm like you, everything tastes better cooked on the stove or in a conventional oven. If I had to get rid of my microwave or my slow cooker (crock pot), I'd get rid of the microwave. TY for such an interesting tidbit into your life.
    I also notice that this just might detour getting an unwanted microwave for Christmas. Maybe you posted it in time. LOL

  1. Camille said...:

    Great post! I hopped over from Farmgirl Cyn's blog...your title and the fun photo on this post grabbed my attention. :)

    Yaay for the non-microwave people!! I am with you on it all and do not feel in the least deprived. :) We had a microwave for one year in the last 19...that's it! I agree with you...once you get used to it, it's not difficult to live without. :)

    Have a wonderful evening!

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    I lived a lot of my life without microwaves and of course it can be done, but I don't think I am giving mine up, as a matter of fact when we remodeled we installed - here is even more scandal- two microwaves!!!! I love it!

  1. Shabbygalsnest said...:

    I'm not shocked we all have lived without a microwave at one time or another.I'm not sure I could though for very long. I just found your blog i will be joining! I'm in neighboring state Iowa. Traci

  1. Carissa said...:

    I rarely comment on blogs, I'm more of a lurker! :-) My mom emailed me your blog site and said that I might enjoy it, she was right!! :-) I too do not own a microwave, by choice. It has been about 5 years now and I do not missed it at all. Yes, it may take longer to heat up food, but it tastes so much better! :-) About two years ago I had some guests over, one of which had a new baby (I too had a newborn at the time), she asked if she could use my microwave to heat up some formula, when I told her I didn't have one, she looked at me in disbelief and then with pitty. I guess she thought we couldn't afford one. :-)
    Great Post!!
    PS I use my tea kettle all the time too!

  1. Roberta said...:

    I don't hate you...I love ya more than my luggage ;) We have a microwave...only because it was built in over the stove...and we DON'T USE IT...just the light and the fan that are built into it...that's all. However, my reasons are purely that I read years ago that the man who INVENTED the microwave DOES NOT OWN ONE. He also emphatically states that the reason being is that microwaves change the molecular structure of the food and NO ONE can assure him enough to use one that it will not have some adverse affects down the road. PLUS like you tastes better when you heat it up in a pan...and it stays HOT...unlike food heated in a microwave. Love all that you shared and totally agree with it. Have a great night, fondly, Roberta

  1. We do have a microwave, but i only use it to reheat things from the fridge quickly. I never thaw or cook meat in it, because I think it tastes different than when cooked in a conventional oven. Like you, I keep a tea kettle on the stove at all times, for boiling up water in just a few minutes. I lived so many years with out a microwave when I was younger, that it took some getting used to.

  1. Carmen said...:

    Our microwave went on the fritz a bit ago. It was a gift from a friend years ago and it was large. Very large. We lived without one for a month or so. The extra counter space was so nice. My mom is on a gluten free diet so I'll make a large dish of something gluten free and free individual portions so a microwave is handy for her. We got on at a garage sale for $5. I was so excited, except that I'd lose my kitchen counter space. (Our kitchen is small, too.) We moved some things around in the dining room and now it fits fine in their. Win/win. I did find out, though, over that month of being microwave free how much better left overs taste in the oven. Especially left over home made pizza. It crisps up on the bottom. Sooo yummy!

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