photo credit: Micheal Cote
Have you ever made a cake in the microwave?
I’m a child of the 80s and I still remember the excitement in our house when we got our first microwave.
It came with a cookbook and there were instructions and recipes for using your microwave to boil eggs and bake cakes. Yes, microwave baking was seriously chic back then.
Just minutes and the microwave oven could produce a lack luster version of what would take an hour in a traditional oven!
While the microwave certainly didn’t replace the stove it’s still been a valued piece of cookery for a lot of us.
Recently our microwave stopped working. We haven’t asked the landlord to repair or replace it (we rent a furnished apartment).
Millions of people get by without a microwave so it shouldn’t be that hard, right?
There have been two things I’ve enjoyed about life without a microwave: more counter space (left empty because I do love a clean empty counter) and the taste of leftovers reheated with the oven.
It helps that a few months back I took advantage of a Pyrex offer through our grocery store and replaced most of our plastic food storage containers. The Pyrex containers easily go from fridge to oven.
Soups and stews were already being reheated stove top because I enjoy piping hot chili but I don’t enjoy it if it’s in a piping hot bowl.
I’ve read a few blog posts from people saying that microwaves are dangerous for your health but I’ve also read they are perfectly safe. Unless you are eating two bags of microwave popcorn a day like this man.
There’s only one thing I miss about our microwave: convenience.
I rely on batch cooking and leftovers to feed my family healthy meals. A microwave makes reheating leftovers quick and easy.
The extra step of turning the oven on, the longer reheating time, some days it feels like a chore. First world problem of course.
And though I used to think microwaved baked goods were disgusting, we’ve been treating ourselves to the occasional microwaved mug cake (I do 1 minute in the microwave, let stand for 20 minutes with a plate over it- perfection!).
So maybe that’s a positive? Not a chance I am making two single serving cakes and baking them in a conventional oven once the kids are in bed.
The other unknown to me is if this will increase our gas and electric bills. Our range/stove top is gas and the oven is electric.
My other half says we’re getting the microwave repaired or replaced but I’m happy to continue on without it for now.
While there are moments of inconvenience we seem to be getting dinner on the table just fine without it.
Anyone else living without a microwave? Does it make your life simpler?