No, this isn't a political statement... but a family experiment of sorts.
I ditched the microwave. I thought we were ready. I thought it was time. And I'm driving everyone crazy! But it is gone, gone, gone.
There is plenty of good material/research on the negative effects microwaves have on our food. This is not one of them. As a family, we decided some time ago to reduce our use of the microwave as much as possible for a lot of reasons. Aside from the obvious health concerns, zapping perfectly good leftovers until they resembled barely recognizable, chewy, leathery fare didn't seem to mesh with the simple, homestead-y life we are aspiring to out here.
So the microwave... it's been banished to the utility room to co-exist amongst other appliances such as the washing machine and dryer. Currently it resides on the floor until I can decide on it's permanent home. (Or until I can clear off the laundry counter and make room for it!) I will probably still use it to heat water on occasion and for warming rice pillows (to toast cold little toes in the winter).
Besides. I really needed the counter space.
How true it is... you don't realize how much you really use something until it's gone. I was under the impression that we were truly already living without it. Until I didn't have it.
Day one didn't go quite like I expected it to. Things were going along quite swimmingly until around 10:00 am. This is the time when the morning coffee has often gone cold. And I usually sneak a cup into the micro for a quick warm-up. No such luck! Okay... so I pour my cold coffee into a small saucepan to heat on the stove. No problem, really. Perfect in no time at all. Swish out the pan and I'm good.
Noon. Lunch. The kids want leftover spaghetti. Oy. Is it sad that I have practically never re-warmed anything in my entire life on the stove? Correction: NEVER re-warmed anything on the stove? I dump the spaghetti into the pot, adding a little water to keep it moist, cover, and heat over medium until it's hot. Five minutes. Not bad! I could get used to that.
Then dinner. Shoot! I have not one bit of thawed meat. No chicken. No beef. No nothing.
And it's 5:00 pm.
I called The Man and asked him to pick up a pizza on his way home from the office. Epic. Fail.
I don't regret it, but it is definitely something new to get used to. I'm positive there will be more to come on this topic, but until then...
Love & coffee.
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