It was right before Thanksgiving when I had the little talk with my children. I told them that we were no longer, at all, going to use the microwave. Even though it wasn't used to cook at all, it was used to melt butter, reheat and boil water. They looked at me with puzzlement and wonder as to how in the world they would be able to reheat a slice of pizza again. Well, somehow, we have all survived. In fact, I don't think they even notice the microwave anymore. The only thing we use it for is for the timer. I thought I would report to you our "no microwave" follow up, just in case you too wonder how you would survive.
You definitely need to make best friends with a good convection toaster oven and I love mine to pieces. It amazes me that it only takes a very tiny bit longer than a microwave to defrost a waffle. And.....it is crispy! Water boils just about as fast on the stove as it does in the microwave. Veggies get steamed in just a couple minutes longer than in the microwave. Butter can stay perfectly soft and spreadable if you get one of these:
Just leave it on the counter in the cute little croc. It has a bit of water in the bottom so when you turn it over, the water creates a bacteria shield. Awesome idea. Spreadable butter without falling for that butter spread trap. Love it. Want one, check out the link to the right.
I really am surprised that not using a microwave at all hasn't really affected us. I knew it would be no biggie for me but the kids didn't have an adjustment period at all. They can work the toaster oven like they invented it.
I love the fact that we are radiation free in my kitchen. I love that my foods get to keep the nutrients they came in. I am sad to think that people live on processed, pesticide and chemical filled foods that are then nuked until they are totally toxic. Why is it such a shock that we are all so sick? It only takes a few adjustments in our life to change that.
Kill the microwave. Save yourself. It is self defense.