No, we aren’t crazy.
Well, maybe a little bit.
It has been almost 2 months since I relegated the microwave to the garage, and I can honestly say we don’t miss it!
How It All Started
In early January, Shane and I were skyping, discussing things we wanted to change and work on, when I brought up the microwave.
I have always known it was dangerous, and probably did weird things to our food. (Seriously, WHY did our mothers tell us, “Don’t stand in front of the microwave while it is on, it isn’t good for you!”???)
If you can’t stand in front of it, there has to be some danger to it, right?
Shane confessed he had been thinking something similar, and that having a microwave was probably causing harm to our bodies.
After our convo, I went to the kitchen, cleaned out the microwave and banished it to the garage.
Needless to say, poor Shane was almost dumbstruck at my efficient removal of said appliance, and asked, “How am I going to heat up milk for oatmeal?”
I showed him, with as straight a face as I could muster, how we could heat it up in a pan on the stove.
Fast-forward Two Months (give-or-take)
We have lugged the microwave back into the kitchen for only a few occasions, with most of them being to heat up microwave-only Lean Cuisine dinners (I’m not one for wasting things we already have).
Everything is heated up on the stove, in the oven, or in our toaster oven, and it works. Quite well, I might add.
We truly do not miss any convenience or time that our microwave might have saved us. It really doesn’t take that much longer to heat things up “the old-fashioned way.”
And, our food tastes better!
- Better-tasting food.
- No more “convenience food” purchases. I am already making more real food purchases and meals, which is so much better for our health!
- A reduction in “vampire power.” By not having a microwave plugged in 24/7, we are reducing the amount of “standby power,” or “vampire power,” electricity. (Because really, who actually unplugs their microwave after every use?!?! I know we didn’t!)
- More counter space. Our microwave was a ginormous, massive thing and it took up quite a bit of counter space. With the amount of cooking, baking, and general mess-making I do in the kitchen, the extra space is definitely a blessing for me!
- No more microwave radiation in our food.
- It takes longer to heat up food and water for tea.
- I miss heating up my rice packs for my neck and shoulders.
Honestly, those are the only disadvantages I can think of… and the first one is only a blip for me. It really doesn’t take that much longer.
As always, this is what our family is doing to live better. This is what works for our family. I realize this isn’t for everyone, and I am simply sharing what we are up to in our Journey to Living Better.
*Full disclosure: Our family did not use the microwave to cook everything. Mainly, it was used to heat water for a cup of tea, make instant oatmeal, reheat leftovers, and to “cook” the occasional frozen dinner. I have also used it to heat those “steamfresh” frozen veggies. I know for some, this would be an even more major transition than it was for our family.