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After Christmas, I did something a little bit radical. I got rid of our microwave. By ‘got rid of’, I mean I left it at my folk’s and gave microwave-free life a whirl.

I’d read about the dangerous downsides to microwaves (an article on Medical Daily states they zap nutrition and can create carcinogens in food when wrapped in clingfilm ) and whilst I’m taking the, ‘everything in moderation’ stance the Greeks themselves invented, I was curious to see if could manage without one and hopefully help our health in the process.

And we did just fine for the most part. Yes, it was inconvenient not to have a microwave, particularly when it came to reheating food as I never used it to actually cook or defrost anyway and whilst roast leftovers would go in the oven, they came out dry (something that never happened in the microwave) which had a drying effect and I found it a bit of a nuisance not to be able to bung cold tea in there too.

Minor things yes, but towards the end of the three months, I was starting to become a little bit frustrated. I’d plan meals based on how easy they were to reheat which is basically nuts and being microwave-less was starting to put a real downer on the joy I find in cooking.

We’ve only been reunited with the microwave for two weeks now and I’ll be honest and say that life definitely feels easier. I do, however, use it a lot less than before. I still reheat some food in pots and pans (curry and soups work well) but I love being able to microwave roast leftovers, so much so I ate roast chicken for breakfast this morning, just because I could! I’m also trying to refrain from putting cellophane in there by placing another microwaveable dish over the plate instead.

I do miss the space though, those microwaves are chunky and going without, freed up space in the kitchen I miss so I’m trying to see where I can hide the eyesore.

Overall though, I’m glad it’s back.

Would I do it again? Yes, and if you’re curious I’d say try it out, you might find you don’t need one after all. After the roast situation, the worst thing was not being able to heat up those easy packets of basmati rice the kids love as rice takes ages to cook, and reheating it in a pan can be a sticky business! End of the world, no? but I’m grateful for reheating tea in the morning!

Have you tried life without a microwave or are you tempted to try it, I’d love to hear from you?

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Living Without A Microwave for 3 Months

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7 Responses

  1. Hazel Rea

    I don’t use my microwave much – and when I do I always to try to use glass pyrex dishes/lids because I think it’s safer!

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  2. Leila Benhamida

    I was left without a microwave of a couple of weeks last year. My son who is 15 now thought it was the end of world ?. After 2 weeks I could not take him moaning anymore and bought one. But personally I can leave without one. I noticed I use it mainly to reheat my children meal.

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  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts

    I use my microwave for everything! I have one which bakes so I couldn’t part with it ever. Our oven is also broken so we definitely couldn’t sacrifice this essential appliance!
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  4. Carol Cameleon

    While I’d be tempted to get rid because let’s face it, all those ‘waves’ can’t be good, I don’t think I’d ever really take the plunge. It’s too handy for defrosting and for heating milk for hot choc. Enough said!! Oh and I never knew you could heat clingfilm… but won’t be starting now from reading this!
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  5. Kim Carberry

    We went without a microwave a little while ago for a couple of days when ours went bang. I didn’t realise how much I relied on it for reheating things and defrosting things I forgot to get out of the freezer. lol
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  6. Jane Willis

    I got rid of my microwave 10 years ago and the only time I miss it is on Christmas Day when there never seem to be enough rings on the hob and the pud needs to be boiled forever instead of being zapped for a few minutes. I suppose it depends on how much you need the space in your kitchen. That extra few square feet of worktop is precious to me!
    Having said that, I don’t suppose I could have managed without when I had children and teenagers in the house, but once it was just the two of us and I started to work from home so I could cook things slowly and leave them to cook while I worked, it just became a white elephant for 364 days of the year.
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